Thanks to an extra academic workshop (Google Technologies for the Web) proposed by one teacher, me and my classmates decided to start our first real developing project. We are developing a mobile-app on Android called Parkidle. This app is about to solve the problem of finding an empty parking spot. For the first time we where searching to give a solution to a real problem with our coding skills. The participation to that workshop included some preliminary meeting about the best practices for team-working. Then every month each team has to show it’s progress during the period, preparing a pdf presentation and exposing to all. We have a jury made of teachers, who give points according to the work done. After 4 month and 4 presentations, there will be a winner team who will have the chance to show its idea at Google Tel Aviv. Right now we are near the 3rd Milestone presentation, we are the second team in the ranking with 35 points (1st has 36), so we can made it.
I don’t know if Parkidle will win this contest but surely this was a great experience.
Furthermore, during this workshop, the same teacher proposed to us and other teams to partecipate at Sapienza Incubation Programme (another extra-academic project about startup incubators). We decided to ask for the participation to it, and we have been taken. This program is about 6 meetings of 4 hours about the best strategies to accelerate your startup, 2 checkpoints which consists in “ideas presentation” and finally a Final Event with a great audience. Oh, I forgot to say: this was in collaboration with Luiss Enlabs Group, which is the most important Startup Accelerato Group in Rome, and they have a 100% launch rate of the startups who work with them. Right now we just ended the 6 meetings expected and we are preparing an elevator pitch to present at the first checkpoint on 04/04/2018. Thanks to this program we learned about the best business strategies to launch a startup. We also
we have also added two new people into the team, cause we needed someone to manage the business/economic side of our project (we were only 4 Computer Science student). So now we are 6 people working together to get our idea launched.