We spoke with Scott Wisotsky and Shachar Avraham founders of Campus Pursuit.Campus Pursuit was developed in 2013 by two students from Binghamton University. Scott Wisotsky and Shachar Avraham developed a better way of advertising on college campuses at a low cost. In 2014, the company expanded their business from local brand to national brands. Campus Pursuit, the interactive scavenger hunt app sweeping college campuses across the country, won the 2016 TAMID Tank competition hosted by TAMID at Queens College, New York. Kevin Harrington, original Shark on ABC’s Emmy winning TV show, “Shark Tank,” along with two other investor panelists pledged an investment in the growth of Campus Pursuit.
Campus Pursuit engages college students with brands through daily, campus-wide scavenger hunts. Students follow clues on the Campus Pursuit iOS and Android app to find hidden prizes – thus, increasing awareness of each brand. A team of student brand ambassadors at each campus manages the scavenger hunts and spreads the word about the app.
Campus Pursuit was selected as one of the three startups, from many throughout New York State that had applied, to pitch at the event. Campus Pursuit was the only company to receive a deal from the investor panel.
“I’ve launched hundreds of products over the last 30 years,” said Harrington. “When I saw the Campus Pursuit opportunity during TAMID Tank, I knew, instantly, that this would be a great way for marketers to get valuable information in the lucrative college marketplace.”
Campus Pursuit has partnered with brands including PopCorners, AMP Energy, Moon Cheese Snacks, Neuro Drinks, NFL Sunday Ticket, Chipotle, Kettle Brand Chips, Harry’s, and many more. Each scavenger hunt provides these companies with data about users, providing an understanding of the students who find the prizes.
Softwheel is developing the most energy-efficient and energy-absorbing wheel system in the world. Their mission is to craft a smart wheel that helps people create a smarter planet. Their team of engineers and designers are passionate and dedicated to improving mobility & energy-efficiency for all industries relying on wheels for transportation.
SoftWheel’s patented technology replaces the traditional spoke-and-rim wheel with an innovative suspension system moved inside of a rigid rim and centered around the wheel hub. Using “in-wheel” shock absorbers that automatically switch between providing rigidity or cushioning – and lowering the unsprung mass in electric vehicles – SoftWheels achieve unparalleled comfort and energy-efficiency.
Spoke with Angela Hwang about ZUS Smart Car Charger and Car Locator from nonda is a multi-function device that allows you to power two USB accessories simultaneously. This charger conveniently connects to your car’s 12V power socket and is equipped with two illuminated USB ports. The ZUS app for Android and iOS allows the charger to function as a vehicle locator using Bluetooth LE connectivity with your smartphone or tablet. Thanks to its military grade design, the ZUS can be used in temperatures as high as 212°F.
WowWee, the Hong Kong-based manufacturer behind that old RadioShack stalwart, RoboSapien, showed off a couple of promising high-tech toys due out in the fall. COJI is one of the company’s more compelling products in a while. The little robot, which made its first public appearance at ToyFair earlier this year, is designed with the noble task of making coding more accessible for little ones.
The bipedal ‘bot’s name, a combination of “coding” and “emoji,” should give you a pretty clear picture of where the company is going with the product. COJI utilizes an emoji-based coding language controlled via a connected mobile device.
We had the oppertunity to attend CE Week NY and check out Vitrima. The Vitrima 3D Lens comes pre-attached to a standard GoPro Camera housing. Attach it to all of your gear and get recording.
Reporting By: Aaron Herman
We had the opportunity to speak with Liran Kotzer CEO and Co-Founder of Woo at Techcrunch Disrupt NYC. Woo is for engineers and techies who aren’t looking for a job and want to see what top tech companies can offer them. It’s an effortless way to see if companies are willing to meet their expectations, while staying completely anonymous and without having to be committed.
Reporting By: Aaron Herman
We had the opportunity to attend Techcrunch Disrupt 2016 in NYC.We spoke with Todd Schechter Co- Founder of Dog Parker With Dog Parker, you can safely board your dog while you step inside the grocery store, grab a cup of coffee, or pick up a package from the post office. Instead of leaving your dog home alone for unwanted periods of time, tying him up outside, or limiting his walks, keep your dog with you and realize the convenience of running all of your errands and living an active lifestyle with your best friend in tow.
You must be a member to use Dog Parker (kind of like ZipCar and CitiBike). Dog Parker costs twenty cents a minute (twelve dollars an hour). Use of a Dog Parker house is timed and charged by-the-minute so you have the most flexibility and only pay for the exact amount of time you use. The houses are smart with webcam and temperature monitoring. Dog Parker houses are professionally sanitized every day and on an as-needed basis depending on usage rates, the weather, and other conditions. Your dog must be at least four months old to use a Dog Parker house and must be up-to-date with their vaccinations.
Reporting By Aaron Herman
Technology is transforming the way we learn, connect and play. We had the opportunity to attend the Virtual Reality Summit in NYC. The Virtual Reality Summit was co-located with Rising Media’s Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo and RoboUniverse Conference & Expo. The Virtual Reality Summit is Rising Media’s latest conference and expo dedicated to advancing and exploring frontier technologies. The event features a two-day conference program covering both the current and future markets of VR/AR across a full spectrum of industries and verticals, including investment, marketing & advertising, entertainment, gaming, journalism, architecture, and more. The Virtual Reality Summit had comprehensive displays of innovative VR/AR technology from zSpace, Inc., which delivers a virtual reality learning platform for STEM education, and the Emerging Analytics Center at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). We also spoke with Satoshi Sugie CEO of Whill. Whill has reimagined the wheel chair and is helping those with mobility disabilities travel the world.
How do you create an immersive experience? Virtual Reality and 360 degree cameras are transforming the way we tell stories. One of the best consumer 360 degree camera’s on the market today is the 360Fly. 360fly captures your life in immersive, interactive 360° video that can be shared instantly on social media and relived fully in virtual reality via their mobile and desktop app.
Voted BRISKET KING OF NYC in 2016 – The Wandering Que has been leading the Kosher BBQ Renaissance since their first BBQ Pop-up years ago in the Riverdale – The Bronx – NY. They have traveled the Tri-State and country offering their award winning Kosher Texas at street and music festivals as well as through partnerships with local Non-Profit organizations as Fundraising – single day Pop-Up restaurants serving many communities who lack any kosher options. Their prized BBQ Trailer is a Texas Style Wood Burning BBQ Rig made by Gatorpit BBQ Pits of Houston Texas and is operated by Texan Born Pitboss Ari White and the talented team at Gemstone Catering- proudly serving NYC & the Tri-State Area.