The organizers of the Bonnaroo festival also are again organizing Hackeroo, a local hackathon where participants will build apps, services and technology that serve live events, in conjunction with sponsor Emma. The hackathon will take place at Emma's Bistro on Rolling Mill Hill on May 10 and 11. The winner will receive VIP access to Bonnaroo, where the winning product will be marketed to the festival's audience of 80,000 and to the Southland technology and entrepreneurship conference being held in Nashville just prior.
Travis Laurendine, who started Hackeroo last year, will once again host and mentor developers throughout Hackeroo. Also participating in Hackeroo will be Sarah Lacy, founder and CEO of PandoDaily, which is co-producing Southland with Launch Tennessee.
"Last year, we were empowered by Bonnaroo to test the concept of a hackathon that takes the technology developed and integrates it into the festival," Laurendine said. "Now, with the backing of Southland in addition to Bonnaroo producers Superfly and AC Entertainment, we are going to scale this event into the premier yearly music hackathon in Music City USA."
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Developers of the Nashville-based personal health management app Healthspek have been invited to pitch their product at AARP's national expo in May.
The expo, to be held in Boston, will showcase 10 startups in the "50 and over" health technology market, with access to consumers, venture capitalists and other investors. Healthspek is a free iPad tool that safely tracks, collects and disseminates personal health care information.
"Today's health care environment is putting the power back in the hands of the people, and we see that as very positive," Randy Farr, Healthspek CEO, said in a release. "Consumers now have an opportunity to manage their own care, working with their doctors to streamline the flow of information. The benefits in cost reduction, efficiency, disease prevention and peace of mind are significant, and we believe we're just scratching the surface of how this technology could revolutionize American health care."
Marketing agency The A Group, which specializes in working with churches and nonprofits, has launched a sister company to help those groups improve their fundraising efforts via text messages. To launch Textify Mobile, 13 A Group employees contributed their time working on product development, branding and social media strategies, and graphic and web design in exchange for a share in Textify's profits.
“We saw an incredible need in the market as businesses and organizations were realizing how critical it was to have a text strategy, but weren’t finding solutions to meet their needs,” said A Group founder and CEO Maurilio Amorim. “Rather than try to fit our them into existing solutions we weren’t happy with, we decided to dream up our own.”
Brentwood-based RegionalCare Hospital Partners has agreed to deploy the mobile applications developed by AirStrip Technologies across its portfolio of eight hospitals in seven states. The companies say the technologies will be put in place over several phases.
“AirStrip is the ideal choice to help RegionalCare overcome the barriers created by geography and disparate monitoring systems,” AirStrip CEO Alan Portela said. “By leveraging mobility to provide clinicians with a unified and complete picture of patient information, the AirStrip/RegionalCare partnership can lead to measurable improvements in the assessment, monitoring and direct care of patients.”
Nashville startup OverDog Inc., which provides a mobile app that helps align professional athletes and their fans with video game playing, raised $450,000 via a recent equity offering, the Nashville Business Journal reports. NBJ cites a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Hunter Hillenmeyer, a former Chicago Bears linebacker and Nashville native who played college football at Vanderbilt, founded OverDog.
Atiba Software is getting serious about the development of applications for mobile devices and promoted one of its strategists to oversee the new Atiba Mobile division.
Amy Rochelle, who has been with Atiba since 2007, has been named director of mobile development. At the firm, she also has been a developer, designer, project manager and strategist. Before joining Atiba, she worked at Ingram Book Co. and Digital Dog Media, among others.
“The entire Atiba family is excited to see the growth of Atiba Mobile,” said Craig Anderson, chief architect for Atiba Software. “Under Amy’s leadership, this mobile team will be able to focus on building the highest quality iOS, Android and Windows apps, as well as Mobile Device Management and Location-based services.”
Rochelle earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design from Austin Peay State University.
Mobile application development firm Metova has promoted Beverly Massengill to lead developer. Massengill joined Metova in January of last year as a developer. She will continue that work but also assist and mentor other developers. Before coming to Franklin-based Metova, Massengill assisted in research on graph-based anomaly detection as a computer science graduate student at Tennessee Technological University.