Posts Tagged ‘apps’

Trondheim Tech Capital
60David Nikel

David NikelAugust 13, 2014

Welcome to Trondheim! There’s an app for that

It’s that time of year when our home city of Trondheim changes from the summer lull to a frenzied centre of activity. International students are arriving from every corner of the world to spend a year or longer in Norway’s technology capital.

Here at Technoport we have a close relationship with the student population and rely on student volunteers to help deliver our conference and other events throughout the year. So as a special welcome to those students (and possible future Technoport volunteers!) we’ve put together a list of must-have apps for your smartphone:

Get from A to B

Trondheim’s transport company AtB has been steadily improving its digital offer over the past few years. It now offers a suite of three apps all designed to make your travel experience easier.

First up is the ticketing app AtB Mobillett, which allows you to purchase single, day, night-bus and weekly/monthly tickets on your mobile phone. The period tickets cost the same as a normal ticket, but the single tickets are available at a 25% discount, making the app great value for those who only use the bus occasionally.

AtB Reise offers a travel planner to pinpoint what bus(es) you need to catch from where, while companion app AtB Sanntid gives the same real-time information that is available on some (but not all) bus stops.

Mattilbud

All major supermarkets offer their own app, but Mattilbud (food offers) brings what you really care about into one app – what’s cheapest where! The simple app shows you the special offers from each supermarket brand during the current week. It’s the perfect companion for the student on a tight budget (which let’s face it, is every student in Norway), especially if you live in a student area like Moholt, where almost every supermarket brand is available within a five-minute walk.

NSB

The app from national train company NSB offers a timetable search and the ability to buy tickets digitally. If you buy tickets online, you can also download them onto the app to show the inspector on-board, saving you the bother of printing them out.

Smartpark Trondheim Parking

SmartPark allows you to buy parking tickets on your mobile phone – simple and useful.

Aurora Forecast

If you’re new to Norway and never seen the northern lights before, Trondheim offers you a reasonable chance when the nights draw in. The Aurora Forecast app from TINAC gives you an amazing amount of space weather data, and even a (paid) push notification service when the forecast goes above a certain level.

TRD Airport

Airport operator Avinor presents its Trondheim edition, featuring live departure and arrivals time, public transport information, a live webcam showing the length of the security queue, and the latest shopping offers.

There’s many more, of course, but these will get your stay in Trondheim off to a flying start.

We look forward to meeting you!

Dirtybit DinoDash
60David Nikel

David NikelJune 5, 2014

Trondheim’s Dirtybit Release Dino Dash

Their recent success at the Nordic Startup Awards crowned an exceptional few years for the three NTNU students behind Dirtybit. Today, things could get even better for them.

The mobile app developers struck gold when their multiplayer game Fun Run shot to the top of Apple’s download charts. To date, Fun Run has been downloaded over 40 million times. The follow-up to Fun Run has been eagerly-awaited by its fans, but also by those of us who monitor the goings-on at startups around Norway.

Today that moment has arrived as Dirtybit, whose staff has swelled to 8, launch Dino Dash:

“Race your Dinos and compete against 5 of your best friends! Who will win? Dino Dash is a multiplayer racing game where you compete in various game modes against other players from all over the world.”

“The Fun Run creators are back with a new, addictive multiplayer racing game! Dino Dash has beautiful cartoony graphics and introduces elimination and boss fight game modes. The goal is first and foremost to have tremendous fun with friends, and secondly to collect Dinos, gain new skills and powerups in order to be the best among your friends. By giving players the option to create custom leaderboards, they can host engaging tournaments and share the fun.”

“Are you up to the challenge of training your Dinos to become the best? Join the fun and race others in three different types of races: Climb the leaderboard by beating the others to the finish line; Try the Egg Hunt where you can win Dinotastic prizes and the losers are eaten alive; Beat the Boss to open up new and adventurous zones.”

How will Dino Dash fare?

Game development is a notoriously tough industry, and the explosion of mobile devices has made things even tougher. Even the biggest success story of them all – Rovio’s Angry Birds – was followed by a ton of titles that didn’t make it. So much so, that Rovio is no longer a games company:

“After reporting flat profits last year, Rovio has a busy year ahead of them with more game releases, and most notably more noise being made on the entertainment side. Rovio is has planned a 2016 movie release and is growing up its own distribution channel for animated content, called ToonsTV, which is just starting its second season, among more theme park openings” – Arctic Startup

The folk at Dirtybit have given themselves every chance though, taking and further developing the popular multiplayer format from Fun Run.

“We’ve taken what we’ve learned from Fun Run and the feedback from our users into the core of Dino Dash. With Dino Dash we aim to show that Fun Run wasn’t just a one-­hit ­wonder, and that we’re able to innovate with our games. Large gaming companies are trying to create the same multiplayer system, so we’re really excited to set the standard and continue to be the market leader in this space”, says Nicolaj Petersen, co-founder and COO of Dirtybit.

Watch this space!

Palo Alto
60David Nikel

David NikelNovember 19, 2013

Learning in Silicon Valley – The Norwegian 11

Eleven Norwegian startups recently completed a one-month intensive program of development at Innovation House in Palo Alto, California.

The TINC (Technology INCubator) program is designed to develop the international potential of Norwegian startups by plugging them into the Silicon Valley community. The chosen startups at various stages of development get access to accommodation and office space, the very best advisors and mentors, and a trusted environment designed for learning and networking.

It’s a terrific opportunity for all Norwegian innovators with global ambitions. Here are the 11 startups that were on the latest program:

Zwipe

Zwipe enables integration of fingerprint authentication on contactless cards. They sure made the most of their time in Palo Alto, signing a global OEM distribution deal and signing a lease on their own office in the Bay area.

Founder and CEO Kim Kristian Humborstad said: “Innovation House … have been instrumental in helping to guide and mentor us not only on industry and technology issues, but also on regional and global issues such as regulation and legislation. All of this support and advice no doubt helped us in signing the global OEM distribution agreement – it’s made all the miles travelled worthwhile.” (read more)

TapBookAuthor

TapBookAuthor helps authors and publishers digitise and enrich their children’s books. Norwegian publisher Samlaget has used the tool to produce a series of apps for the children’s book Jakob and Neikob.

Founder and CEO Sondre Skaug Bjørnebekk was looking for connections over investment and seemed pleased with what he found, writing: “Ironically one of the most promising meetings the coming week for me will be over Skype with a Nordic publisher that I was introduced to after attending the Nordic Entrepreneur of the Year awards event in Los Altos.” (read more)

CrayoNano

Trondheim-based CrayoNano is one of the long list of startups to be born out of research at NTNU. Their mission is to develop and commercialize new hybrid semiconductor technology – a material obtained by growing semiconductor nanowires on graphene. The international potential here is obvious.

OneTraffic

OneTraffic founder and CEO André Eilertsen is a former helicopter pilot and traffic reporter, so it’s no surprise to learn his startup is focused on solving the world’s traffic problems!

The global traffic collaboration system has a dual aim – to save its users time and money, but also to help people use existing transport infrastructure more efficiently, reducing pollution too.

Databeat

Databeat count Elkjøp, Lefdal, Bunnpris and Platekompaniet among its customers, so travelled to California hoping to develop their retail-focused digital media business beyond the Norwegian border.

Kikora

Innovation within education is evolving rapidly and the 13 staff at Kikora‘s Oslo HQ are at the forefront. Their cloud-based mathematics learning tool is already used in Norwegian schools, with high-profile supporters such as former Minister of Education Trond Giske, who said: “This might lead to bigger changes in Norwegian schools than we’ve seen in decades, maybe ever.”

Explorable

Staying on the education theme, the Explorable website attempts to make scientific research easier to understand. Future plans to develop the business include research tools for scientists and tools to help students learn about scientific methods.

Vippy

Vippy offers an easy-to-use video platform to customers including NHO, PwC and Hafslund. Their smart video player solution is designed for today’s mobile-first world, automatically detecting the user’s device to ensure flawless playback.

ConceptoMed

Innovations from ConceptoMed are designed to enhance efficiency and safety during everyday work-operations in the medical workplace.

Their ConceptoShield technology is designed for the 10% of people with a phobia of blood or needles, helping medical professionals do their job safely and efficiently.

Dossier Solutions

Dossier offers technology for HR departments, such as Onboarding, designed to assist in the process of welcoming and training new employees.

AppsCo

AppsCo was one of the youngest startups in the program, only founded in April this year. They provide an all-in-one platform to create, sell and use web based applications.

Photo credit: Jorge Luis Zapico

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11Annette Hovdal

Annette HovdalAugust 5, 2013

New apps could be of great importance for Norwegian police

Two master students in computer science from NTNU are this summer working on “police apps”, which could change the way we communicate with the police, and make it easier for the police to locate us, in case of an emergency.  

On 2 August, Bergen Tidende published an article about the students Eirik Mildestveit Hammerstad and Esben Aarseth, which are working on two “police apps”. The apps will be tested in Finnmark, Norway, and the Finnmark police are looking forward testing them out, saying the apps will give unlimited opportunities.

The sooner the police can form the best possible picture of different situations happening from the operation center, the better. Esben’s app could be an important tool here.  He is working on a “112-app” which uploads the caller’s exact location when calling the emergency number. As of today, if the police get an emergency phone, they do not have the information to locate the person calling. The call could be traced, but this is very expensive. The app also has an “emergency chat” which gives you the opportunity to communicate with the police without having to call.  In addition, it will be possible for people to send pictures to the police at the operating center. The ability to receive pictures can help the police to better know what missions to prioritize.  

Eirik is working on a web-app where it should be possible to book an appointment with the police, renew your passport, submit a report, and deliver a police complaint.  

The prototypes of the apps are almost finished. If the police like the apps after testing them, it is possible that the two student’s summer projects will be realized.

 We cross our fingers, and hope the apps will be a success! 

Do you have an idea to an app of public utility?

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5Erling Hess Johnsen

Erling Hess JohnsenJuly 29, 2013

Programming without learning code

Have you ever wished that you had an app that could perform a specific task, such as upload a new photo automatically to Dropbox? Or receive an e-mail with the link to new blog posts at Technoport Playground? With IFTTT you can create it yourself – without writing a single line of code.

Programming has never been a skill for the masses. Creating your own customized applications usually require learning at least one (and usually multiple) languages of code. However, the service IFTTT has made programming a whole lot easier. With IFTTT you can create your own applications without writing a single line of code.

The acronym stands for “If This Then That”, and refers to a basic structure quite similar in all programming languages. If something happens (trigger) the application should do this (action). In code, you’d perhaps write something like the following (though many more lines of code if the application were to actually do something useful):

if($trigger_event == true) {
// do something
}

If this
ifthisIFTTT provides a basic and clean interface which allows you to click yourself through the programming process in a matter of minutes. You simply start by selecting a trigger channel – usually a web service such as Gmail, RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, weather services et cetera. Afterwards, you simply select a trigger event, such as when there’s a new blog post on Technoport Playground

Then That
After you’ve selected your trigger event, you simply select an action for your recipe (or application). So whenever the trigger event happens, your application will execute the selected action.

As an example, we created a recipe for an application which will send you an e-mail notification when a new blog post is posted on Technoport Playground. Thus far, I’ve barely experimented with IFTTT, but there is no doubt that there is great potential for creating time-saving and useful applications.

Have you tried IFTTT? Please share your recipes with us!