Startup Games 2017

The 2017 Austin Startup Games were an incredible success, awarding over $56,000 for non-profits. 16 Austin startups competed in Olympic style games, but only one could become this year’s champion. SpareFoot took home the ultimate prize after winning 27 total points, which provided $20,000 for Kure It Cancer Research. Here is a breakdown of the 2017 winnings: SpareFoot to Kure It $20,000 Outbound Engine to SAFE Alliance $10,000 Modernize to GirlStart $6,500 Academic Works to SafePlace Aceable to Breakthrough Austin AffiniPay to Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas Boundless to Meals on Wheels Capital Factory to RideAustin Headspring to DO IT FOR THE LOVE FOUNDATION LawnStarter to The National Alliance on Mental Illness OneSpot to Without Regrets OwnLocal to Austin Bat Cave ShippingEasy to Caritas of Austin theCHIVE to CHIVE Charities Trendkite to JDRF uShip to Communities in Schools $1,500 each We want to extend a big thank you to our 20 event sponsors and to the 1400+ people in attendance. We’ll be back again later this year for the Level Up Games. We hope to see you there! Event winners: Ping Pong 1st – Headspring 2nd – Modernize 3rd – SpareFoot Connect 4 1st – Outbound Engine 2nd – theCHIVE 3rd – uShip Liar’s Dice 1st – Shipping Easy 2nd – Modernize 3rd – uShip Mario Kart 1st – SpareFoot 2nd – Modernize 3rd – Outbound Engine Shuffle Board 1st – SpareFoot 2nd – theCHIVE 3rd – ShippingEasy Beer Pong 1st – TrendKite 2nd – LawnStarter 3rd – Outbound Engine Darts 1st – Outbound Engine 2nd – Academic Works 3rd – Modernize Mystery Event 1st – LawnStarter 2nd...
The Inaugural Startup Games: Colorado goes down to a Tiebreaker!

The Inaugural Startup Games: Colorado goes down to a Tiebreaker!

After 5 years in Austin, Startup Games looked to expand to Denver. On October 15th in the RiNo District’s Glitter Dome, 7 companies from Denver, Boulder, and Longmont met to find out who the champion of Colorado would be. After the Opening Ceremony where board members of Startup Games lit the torch to begin the Games, the companies set off to earn the big trophy and big charity grant. HomeAdvisor kicked things off with the first Gold in Ping Pong. Blinker quickly took a commanding lead, though, placing in first or second for four of the five early events. Not to be outdone, Sphero and joint team ReadyTalk & The Dialog Lab earned their share of medals. Rounding it out, ReturnPath and Circle Graphics earned a couple medals of their own. Ibotta, after a Gold in the Mystery Event, marched their way through the ranks taking 1st in 5 events, reaching Blinker’s 15 points in the final event, Flip Cup. A tie for first meant we needed a tiebreaker. 3 athletes from Blinker and 3 from Ibotta took the main stage to compete in Muscle Chug. Each athlete took a knee, then placed a cup with half a beer balanced on their bicep, and drank. In a best 2-of-3 relay, Ibotta emerged the winner, and champion of Startup Games: Colorado! Congratulations to Ibotta who earned $7,000 for their nonprofit of choice, Judi’s House. With their 2nd place, Blinker earned $5,500 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And a third place victory from HomeAdvisor earned $4,500 for Open World Learning. The remaining companies earned $2,000 for their nonprofits, totaling $25,000! Check out each...
Startup Games: Atlanta

Startup Games: Atlanta

Startup Games is going to Atlanta in 2017! Startup Games is headed to the Southeast for our 2nd expansion city. In partnership with Startup Atlanta, we’re going have 10 events for the best 8 startups in the city to prove who’s the top of the food chain. Set for January 29th at The Foundry, get signed up now! Startups choose their superstar employee/athletes to compete with the best-of-the-best from the other companies. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to the best in Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Trivia, Ping Pong, and more! The startup with the most points at the end of the day will earn the biggest trophy and largest cut of the prize pool for the charity of their choice. With a live DJ, free drinks and sodas, sweet merchandise, and an awesome photobooth, it makes for the most of fun out there. Now is the time to register! If you think your startup has what it takes, contact...
Startup Games: Colorado

Startup Games: Colorado

Startup Games is heading to Colorado in 2016! Set for October 15th at Glitter Dome in the RiNo district of Denver, Startup Games will bring all the fun, philanthropy, and competition that have been going 5 years strong in Austin. We’re bringing 10 events to the best 8 startups in the area to duke it. Startups will fill their team roster with their top employees to compete with the best-of-the-best from the other companies. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to the best in Beer Pong, Flip Cup, Trivia, Ping Pong, and more! The startup with the most points at the end of the day will earn the biggest trophy and largest cut of the prize pool for the charity of their choice. With a live DJ, free drinks and sodas, sweet merchandise, and an awesome photobooth, it makes for the most of fun out there. Get your ticket here:...
Podcasting with Austin Bat Cave

Podcasting with Austin Bat Cave

As a rule, each company playing in the Games chooses their charity to support. While I tend to recognize each one, when Startup Games: Austin 2016 rookie OwnLocal chose to support Austin Bat Cave, I had no idea who they were. But, I was excited to find out their mission is to develop writing skills in kids and teenagers. I’ve been writing ever since a kid, and love hearing about others fostering that passion in the next generation. So, I jumped at the chance to learn more. The opportunity arose this summer with their camp workshops where they focused on a specific realm of writing; subjects like, Magical Realism, Professional, and Post-Apocalyptic. I picked the Podcast Writing workshop to visit. I like podcasts, and I’m totally one of those people that have said, “I bet I could do a podcast.” I stopped by the workshop on a Wednesday in the middle of the week-long camp where a volunteer promptly introduced me to what all they were doing and what had already been done. The instructors were a trio of volunteers with a background in writing, podcasting, and audio, and along with Program Director, Ali, seemed like the perfect team. The “campers” were high schoolers, a small group (smaller than most of the other workshops) but very engaged. With an endless list of subjects for podcast topics, it turns out they opted to discuss the current and critical subject of mental health. I was immediately impressed. It was certainly something I thought little about at their age. The workshop mission was to cover each aspect of developing a podcast from outlines...
Flying Drones with Girlstart

Flying Drones with Girlstart

Have you ever flown a drone? I haven’t. I’ve heard about them. I’ve seen them. But, I’ve never held the controls. So when Girlstart invited me out to check out what they’ve got planned for their next summer camp, I couldn’t say no. Girlstart is a nonprofit who was supported by Modernize at Startup Games: Austin 2016. They focus on encouraging girls in learning about and participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) areas. They have year-round education programs, including a series of summer camps that focus on various areas of study. A small crowd gathered on a Thursday morning at Girlstart HQ (including a contingent from Modernize) where their team introduced us to their squadron of drones and plans for the camp. Their plan: teach the girls about manufacturing and aerospace engineering. How? Harry Potter. Or more accurately Hermione. She’s solving the crisis Hogwarts just encountered with their owls all getting sick, and mail now needing new transportation. The girls will learn about the drone’s specs, design a carrier, and then guide the drone safely to its destination. In teams of four, they’ll have to work together to save Hogwarts. The group received an opportunity to test these Hogwarts-saving drones out. We learned to take off, fly, and most importantly land. I can now say that I’ve flown a drone. And, not to brag, but I’m pretty good. These drones work on a two joystick system that made my time spent playing video games totally validated. Girlstart has a fascinating approach to engaging girls with real-world applications of STEM while integrating interesting stories. Hermione’s Mayhem of Mazes will be...