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By Vanessa Calas

Mentor Day: Providing Benefits to Local Entrepreneurs

Palm Beach Tech strives to create a welcoming and collaborative environment for tech industry startups and freelancers throughout the Palm Beach area. Our members enjoy a wide variety of benefits from coworking spaces to special networking events.

We are particularly proud to offer our members access to Mentor Day, bringing together local entrepreneurs and industry professionals on the first Friday of every month. Our mentors come from a wide range of backgrounds, including business planning, software development, growth strategy, branding, legal, and more.

To see a full list of our mentors and learn how to apply to Mentor Day, visit our site.

Make Connections

Mentor Day is an excellent way to network with successful professionals. Many of our community members have benefited from connections made through our program. John Calloway, founder of Halo Technologies, a local 3D printing company, started by working with some of our mentors.

Dan Condro worked closely with mentor Robert Wells, CEO of Allocable, on his way to building Blyz, a high-quality laundry service. Wells guided Condro in making local connections and meeting potential investors.

Sometimes the real key to success is meeting the right people along the way, and Mentor Day facilitates these connections.

 

Business Planning Guidance

A successful business is more than just a good idea. Visionaries who dream of founding their own organizations must first learn how to structure those organizations for success. That means developing a business model that sells and learning the nuts & bolts of business management.  

Wells and Clay Williams, CEO of Achieve Agency, have both worked closely with members of our community on business planning, leadership, and developing effective growth strategies. Clay advised Dan Condro on planning his business, and provided him feedback on his investor pitch deck. Wells worked with John Calloway on his company structure and even guided him in pivoting his company’s business model for a more ideal focus. Even Eddie Garcia,  Founder & CEO of Vivid Arts, credits Mentor Day with providing valuable feedback on bringing his app to market.

 

Financials and Legal

Dan Condro had what he described as a “very insightful meeting about fundraising” with Robert Wells. As we mentioned above, Robert guided Dan in identifying and appealing to investors as well as identifying other funding opportunities. Eddie of Vivid Arts also found the financial and legal advice offered through Mentor Day helpful after working with Matt Kissner, Associate Attorney with Broad & Cassel, on protecting is company and developing equity packages for employees.

With legal and financial professionals available, Mentor Day provides a well-rounded approach to analyzing and improving new businesses.

 

Building Your Business

What do John Calloway, Dan Condro, and Eddie Garcia all have in common? For one thing, they have businesses that work. What’s more, those businesses have seen success in part thanks to the resources provided by Mentor Day.

By Stephanie Buzano

The SilverLogic Wins 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon – Visa Category

The SilverLogic, a Boca Raton software engineering company won first place at the 2017 eMerge Americas Visa Developer Hackathon. This is the 3rd year the team wins big at the annual tech conference.

TSL developed an augmented reality app within 24 hours. The Real Deal app was created to enhance and augment the consumer shopping experience, the application finds exclusive deals around you powered by the Visa Offers Resource Center. Users simply scan a storefront or nearby location with their iPhones, once the Real Deal app recognizes your location it will display animated pop ups showing customers deals available at that location. The Real Deal App can also be used from home with Amazon’s Alexa, shoppers can ask Alexa to tell them deals from the merchants around their location.

See exactly how it works—-> Watch

According to David Hartmann, a member of the winning team “the Hackathon gave them an opportunity to try some awesome new technologies like ARKit, Google Vision API, Amazon Alexa, facial recognition, and machine learning”. The Real Deal app is a completely functional native iOS/Alexa/Django app featuring the brand, new Apple ARKit, Visa Merchant Offers Resource Center, Visa Merchant Locator, Google Vision, and Amazon Alexa.

Real Deal code is open source and available on Github (feel free to fork):

iOS code: https://github.com/silverlogic/RealDeal
Django code: https://github.com/silverlogic/real-deal-back
Alexa code: https://github.com/silverlogic/real-deal-alexa

About The SilverLogic

The SilverLogic makes ideas happen, whether they require sophisticated apps, websites, business automation, artificial intelligence, or platforms. Collaborating closely with clients, they strive to exceed expectations and are dedicated to delivering the best possible products to their clients and their users. The SilverLogic is excited to be on the forefront of the augmented reality (AR) and machine learning revolution.

By Nate Hendriksen

TechGarage Wins 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon – Kairos Category

The TechGarage Team

Boca Raton’s TechGarage won the Kairos Category of the 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon, competing against 170 other participants on 34 teams.

Devin, Winston, Zipper and Carson may be high school students, but don’t underestimate them. They represent the tremendous talent of the next generation if you challenge them to be great. This is what we do at TechGarage. Their competitors represented the best of the best from South Florida technology companies who like to get their geek on. They had 24 hours to develop and demonstrate a product using either the Visa payment or Kairos face recognition API.

The Results

TechGarage is proud to announce that their team won the eMerge Americas Hackathon with SmileMetrics a system that monitors in real-time the emotions of customers by integrating an embedded processor and 5 megapixel camera in a name tag worn by the customer service representative. The goal is to allow businesses to measure overall customer satisfaction in the hospitality industry with real-time customer metrics and the ability to resolve a negative customer experience before a review is posted for the world to see.

For the upcoming TechGarage Summer Camp Devin and Winston will be teaching the VR course, Zipper the raspberry PI course and Carson the RoboCode programming course.

Thanks to the sponsors of the Hackathon, eMerge Americas, WynCode, Visa, Kairos and Royal Caribbean Cruises, this was an amazing event for all competing teams and spectators.

For pictures of the 24 hour event
https://twitter.com/wyncode
https://twitter.com/lovekairos
https://twitter.com/hashtag/Miamitech

We couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishment. The TechGarage team is now 2-0 in Hackathon competitions. Their first win came from a high school team that entered the CodeForGood challenge two years ago and won first place.

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Mentor Day: Providing Benefits to Local Entrepreneurs
The SilverLogic Wins 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon – Visa Category
TechGarage Wins 2017 eMerge Americas Hackathon – Kairos Category