WarwickTECH: Summer Update
Our biannual newsletter
Welcome to WarwickTECH's July 2022 newsletter! Hope you are getting to enjoy the sun, the summer vibes and have a nice vacation planned. July has arrived, and with that comes another WarwickTECH update. In this newsletter, we’ll cover updates from our team and portfolio, plus some insights we’ve been working on.
What’s new at WarwickTECH?
Mustafa returned to our team last quarter to run our platform. He is joined by Bestia, who first started as a volunteer at WarwickHACK 2022. Their current focus is WarwickHACK 2023, our flagship event returning next year. Get in touch with them for sponsorship opportunities! With less restrictions and the hybrid way of living, there should be more opportunities to develop the event further and make our WarwickHACK even better. Moreover, the event itself also presents creativity and innovation to solve various issues within the world we live in, which would be very exciting for this post-covid era.
What’s happening at our portfolio startups?
In a recent Insider article Flowbio’s co-founder Stefan van der Fluit discussed their ability to get human data based on sweat. This is a big breakthrough as they are able to collect data on electrolytes and fluid loss during exercise in real-time, which has not been seen before. They also have a companion app which gives its users hydration recommendations, allowing them to support elite athletes in large sporting events such as the Tokyo Olympics and 2021 Tour de France. The best part of this would probably be the fact that needles are not needed for this, thus developing the first ever multi-molecular quantification wearable without a needle.
Customuse helped Chainrunners add an XR dimension to their artwork. This will give greater experience to Chainrunners’ players as they can get a 3D model of their tokens for free, thus accessing a new class of 3D runners in the so called “Runnerverse”. Aside from that, augmented reality also helps them bring the game in their everyday life. One example of this is having their runners brought into them as snapchat filters. With the help of Customuse, gamers can have more excitement in the new and upcoming features of the metaverse.
Traditionally, social media was concentrated in a couple of platforms, like Facebook and Youtube, and they owned all our data. Now, smaller, more niche platforms (communities, social brands) emerged and allowed us to communicate with different people on different topics, therefore creating completely unique experiences. The problem is that now the user experience is disjointed. Superlinked helps these platforms interoperate by providing a way for users to bring their data with them when they join a new platform. The co-founder and CEO of Superlinked, Daniel Svonava uncovers this problem and talks about his personal experiences that helped him in his founder journey in The New Creator Economy podcast.
Ever thought of the metaverse as Hermione Granger’s beaded handbag in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1? Well, Harry did. He gives a throughout description of what exactly he means by that and how our portfolio companies, Customuse and Superlinked fit into the analogy. Just think of the Hermione’s bag as augmented and virtual reality that is enhanced by Customuse, and the wand (Superlinked) as a recommendation engine that with a correct spell gives you anything you are searching for.