A group of six student entrepreneurs from Startup Village at Kalamassery, who have earned global acclaim for their smartphone application designed to improve the skills of skateboarders, will fly to Canada in November to interact with innovation experts, investors and mentors.
The team from the startup, Flip Technologies, won an all-expenses-paid-trip to Toronto after their innovative product, "The Smart Riser" (skateboard tracker), was ranked among the top five in the Next Big Idea Contest 2014, organised jointly by the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute; Government of Ontario, Canada; IBM Global and Ryerson Futures Inc.
The Smart Riser has also been rated as one of the most interesting products by Intel, which will provide its latest Edison board to the students for prototyping and for development support.
Jibin Jose, Abimanyu Nair, Jishnu Vijayan, Balagovind Girish, Rohith Samuel and Abraham Alexander of Flip Technologies will attend a two-week bespoke programme at the Toronto's Discovery district.
"We are focused on developing cutting edge IOT (Internet of things) devices and tracking devices for adventure sports," said Jibin Jose, co-founder of Flip.
Smart Riser is designed for skateboarders to enhance their ability to perform and analyse tricks, whether he is an amateur or professional. The device is connected to the truck of the skateboard and it tracks the dynamics of the board while the data is sent to a smartphone app via bluetooth.
"The app can determine the trick to be performed and help skateboarders improve their skills. It is like a personalised trainer," added Abimanyu Nair, co-founder of Flip.
While Jibin Jose and Abimanyu Nair were the pass-outs of Toc-H Institute of Science and Technology (TIST), the other four students are pursuing different courses at TIST. Jibin was one of the five students who went to Silicon Valley from Startup Village as part of the SV Square programme.
The students were also felicitated by Ed Fast, Canadian Minister for International Trade, at an event held on October 14 at the Bombay Stock Exchange.