And the winner is…

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IMG_0190The epic awesomeness that was the Startup Weekend Cologne 2014 Powered by KPMG, STARTPLATZ & Unity MediaKabel BW is official over for this time – See you next time!

UPDATE: All the images of you from the weekend is available on Dawawas!

The view was amazing.

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And what a weekend it was! We started on Friday with our Danish rockstar facilitator Lasse Chor.

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And our local startup hero Oliver Thylmann firing up the participants sharing from his experiences.

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Then we heard and saw 52 60 second idea pitches.

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We voted on who out of the 52 ideas would get to form teams.

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12 ideas got the peer validation in the form of your votes.

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The 12 ideas then needed to acquire team members.

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And you were off to work, work, work.

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On the Saturday we had epic superstar coaches coming by to help you and to hear you practice your pitches.

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Wow. Such awesomeness. Much epic coaches!

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Even the mayor of Cologne came by to talk to the startups.

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On the Sunday you all rushed to finalize your presentations.

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And then 11 out of the original 12 teams pitched to the incredible panel of international judges.

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They were not always that impressed.

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The jury took their time to find the winner.

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But in the end – it was MickKill that was the overall winner of Startup Weekend Cologne 2014 winning articles of associations from Osborne Clarke, tickets to the Interactive Cologne festival week, a day of Ruby love from Railslove, a walkover pass to the Rheinland Pitch event and a demo video from UFA Lab Cologne.

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MicKill aims to kill the microphone at conferences and lectures, enabling all smartphone users to ask questions directly to the speaker. Within 54 hours they went from idea, through team formation to building a working prototype. Impressive.

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The best pitch was awarded to Beard Force One, a service that reminds you to not shave your beard, that also for some strange reason went viral through the weekend. The team won tickets to Interactive Cologne and a special invitation to the Interactive Cologne VC Dating Game later in May.

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The Lean Startup Award went to HateMate who after almost falling apart and disbanding the weekend instead pivoted and presented a last minute concept to help people be more social and less looking at their smartphones. They won a Lean Startup workshop with MAK3it.

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The Startplatz Scholarship Award went to Gap Room, a service aiming to help people finding people to temporarily rent their apartments and vice versa. They will be found working in the Cologne incubator Startplatz for the next three months.

Thanks to Thomas Müller, your weekend was duly documented in images. Thanks to Ali Mokhtari’s zoomm.me you got documented on video.

Thanks to Andrea Egbringhoff, Nico Nauroth, Nikolay Nikolov and Patrick Müssig for helping us all out on the weekend.

Thanks to DJ Maik Loewen for epic turntable action.

Thank you all for making Startup Weekend Cologne 2014 a spectacular success this year too! See you all next time!

– Your Startup Weekend Cologne Team:
Angelina Markova, Elisa Portsmann, Sara Usinger, Joey Naumann, Mladen Panov, Puja Abbassi & Vidar Andersen

For more documentation of the epic awesomeness, see our Facebook page http://facebook.com/swcologne and follow us on twitter @swcologne – Some streaming went live: Part 1 and Part 2 Stay tuned for more pro videos shot at the weekend!

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