Stuart Varrall (BubblePix) wins Thinking Digital Startup Competition 2013

5 years ago

Newcastle-based Stuart Varrall has won the 2013 Thinking Digital Startup Competition with the ‘BubbleScope’ – a smartphone accessory which enables users to take instant, 360o photos and videos that can be shared via the BubblePix.com media platform (think YouTube for 360o).

BubblePix was one of 10 early stage tech startups (in their first 12 months of trading) shortlisted for the Sage One sponsored competition which formed a key part of the Thinking Digital Conference in Newcastle and Gateshead.

After pitching to an audience of delegates and judges that comprised of Nick Goode (Head of Sage One Europe), Aza Raskin (Jawbone), Marie Guidace (Facebook) and Stu Anderson (Blue Serac), BubblePix were chosen to pitch again at the main Thinking Digital Conference on Wednesday 22nd May alongside YPlan – ‘the world’s first mobile-only event booking app’.

Both businesses impressed with their confident and polished presentations but it was Stuart who the audience chose to be the eventual winner receiving:

– a £1,000 cash prize from Sage One
– free Sage One Accounts software
– £15,000 of Rackspace cloud hosting
– and an automatic interview for ignite100 – ‘Europe’s first £1m tech accelerator programme’

Bubblepix Ltd (Newcastle upon Tyne)

Bubblepix is all about capturing, sharing and re-living what’s going on around you. Not using flat, single perspective movies or images, but fully immersive 360o media which they call ‘Bubbles’. The BubbleScope, an optical accessory is the only instant 360 photo and video connected device on the market, backed up with a full sharing and media platform online (think YouTube for 360o).

YPlan (London)

YPlan is tonight’s going out app. Brought to you by a dedicated team of experts with unrivalled experience at Time Out, TopTable, GetTaxi, Songkick, Airbnb and lastminute.com, puts London in the palm of your hand. With a carefully curated shortlist of top events, from hot gigs like Kanye West, dazzling entertainment at the Roundhouse, an invitation-only event such as Sofar Sounds, or one of London’s best-kept secrets like chessboxing, they’ve got it covered. As the world’s first mobile-only event booking app. YPlan fills the void in the ticketed entertainment market place, revolutionising how consumers go out and socialise.