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New Years Wishes from Idea Hunt

Closing the Door on Our First Year

Closing the Door on Our First Year

And Looking Forward to New Friends, Features and a Bright Future

Our first year is almost in the books.  My, what a year it has been!  We first launched Idea Hunt back in February and it feels like we’ve been running full speed ahead from that first day forward.  Since February of 2016, we have gained over 6,500 global users, hosted almost 700 hunts, collected over 4,000 ideas, connected with passionate ambassadors and founding members, and hired a team of 8 people.  Did you catch that? We’ve added an additional two new members to our team.

We’d like to introduce you to Linus Andersson and Anton Hedström, our new in-house developers!  Both Linus and Anton come to us with a number of years of experience in software development and share our passion for innovation.  Both currently live and work in Linkoping, Sweden.  

With the addition of Anton and Linus, we are able to bring much of our development in-house, meaning that we are able to do even more with the platform for both our premium clients and our freemium users.  2017 is going to be filled with growth: new features and functionality, new users, and new ambassador program.

We are thrilled to have Linus and Anton Join Us.  Please help us give them a warm welcome!

Linus Andersson

With experience from Ericsson, and starting his own business, Linus has a wealth of great experience.  Linus was introduced to software development by his father a young age, when the two of them worked together on his first program in Microsoft Publisher.  In addition to working in software development, Linus enjoys photography, a number of different sports including squash and developing his own home automation system.

Anton Hedström

A graduate of Linkoping University, Anton comes to Idea Hunt with his Master’s Degree in Computer Science.  Like Linus, his interest in software development however, started in his early teens. Anton’s not all business though.  He enjoys running, swimming and getting outdoors in his spare time.  

Top 5 Innovations for the Smart Bicycle

Top 5 Innovations for the Smart Bicycle

Innovation to Watch for, From Idea Hunt

Innovation is present in every industry and helps companies reinvent themselves in addition to their products and services.  It is present because, it is through innovation that brands maintain their relevance with consumers.  As one industry changes, it impacts the lives of it’s consumers.  These consumers are not singularly dimensional, they consume goods and services from an array of industries.  As innovation changes one area of their lives, they seek it in other areas as well.  Together, these different industries, that fulfill radically different needs for consumers, are collectively raising the bar.  Idea Hunt is always in search of innovation or innovative trends.  This post is the first in a series in which we aim to highlight innovation in different industries.  The theme of this post? Innovation in the cycling industry.  We’ve mentioned the cycling industry before, but in this post we’ll take a look at specific technologies that are being developed right now.

The Bike Itself

The technological advances the world has witnessed in this millennium have been fascinating to say the least. With the invention of electric cars, solar cars, and other things, it was only a matter of time before the smart bicycle transformed from vision to reality. Smart bikes or e-bikes might look like regular bicycles, but they come with a small electric motor powered by a rechargeable battery. The smart bicycle came onto the scene not too long ago, and already has seen many iterative improvements. This intelligent assistance is made possible with the use of smartphones and wireless features. These additions to the smart bike will only serve to positively impact the future as well as increase ease and efficiency. Not counting the sleek and snazzy designs, here are the top 5 features that will impact the future of the smart bicycle.

 

Linkalock - Innovation in Cycling on Idea Hunt

Image source: http://linkalock.com/

1. e-Bike Lock

If you are thinking this is nothing new, you could not be more wrong. The future of smart bikes has seen an improvement in the standard bike lock, from chains which were heavy and clumsy to locks of varying futuristic designs which are operated through wireless features; this is a plus for ease and efficiency. This however is not all, as the future holds even greater things for bike locks. For instance, VICE has developed an innovative prototype battery operated smart bike lock concept. This bike pairs with your smartphone and a wheel transmitter to locate your position and communicate with your lock in real time.

 

Sherlock - Cycling Innovation on Idea Hunt

Image source: http://www.sherlock.bike/

2. Anti-Theft Features

The anti-theft feature has put a stop to majority of bike thefts in recent years. The beauty of this feature is its versatility and diversity. Ranging from sirens and alarms to theft indicator maps, you are assured of security. The future promises new and innovative security systems. With a steady rise into the world of digital features, it would be impossible for the smart bike to be stagnant in terms of progression. Smart bikes feature GPS or invisible tracking devices installed in the bikes, which serve to track down stolen bicycles. In the future, we hope to have mobile apps to make this process a whole lot easier. Sherlock promises such a future.

 

Smart E-Bike Monitoring System - Cycling Innovation on Idea Hunt

Image source: http://www.smart-ebikes.com/

3. The Smart E-Bike Monitoring System (SEMS)

The Smart E-Bike Monitoring System is a means of acquiring data in problem solving time. It analyses the data it gets from monitoring location through the global positioning system and sensor input as well as the rider control data gotten from level of assistance. The riders can view their data through an innovative online interface and share it on social media. Researchers also can view the data. This feature has a lot of impact in the future, as problems discovered from the data analysis will be corrected to create a highly advanced technology in the field of smart bikes.

 

Mio Velo - Cycling Innovation on Idea Hunt

Image source: http://www.bicycling.com/

4. Custom Sensor Feature

This feature is inexhaustible in terms of uses, from cycling sensors with the ability to measure RPM speed and cadence, to high-tech proximity sensors that detect cars in your blind spot, to health centric bikes that measure the level of the rider’s fitness. The future can only see more innovation and an addition of various and diverse types of sensors. These sensors are equipped with Bluetooth and can be connected wirelessly to smartphones, tablets, and GPS bike computers for transfer of data. The future of smart bikes may be closer than we think with the Argon 18 smart bike. This bike still in the production states boasts of thirty sensors which all work together to give the rider a data analysis on the level of aerodynamics it can achieve. It is not hard to imagine a future where sensors can control a bike solely based on the heart rate of the rider.  Mio Velo is one such sensor available to consumers. 

 

Smart Bike Batter - Cycling Innovation on Idea Hunt

Image source: https://int.smart.com

5. The Battery

This is the powerhouse of the smart bike, in conjunction with the electric motor. The battery completes all other features by supplying power for smooth and efficient running of the installed applications. This battery can be charged by using electricity. Most battery packs come with an automatic saver, which shuts the battery down when it is low or has not been used in a long time to prolong the battery life. These battery packs are evolving either by weighing less or being used as a portable charger. We can safely assume that the further innovation will bring wonderful things in terms of this energy source, for instance a bike powered by solar energy.

Swap Ideas Logo

Swap Ideas the Communal Idea Exchange is Live!

Join us on Swap Ideas

The Communal Idea Exchange from Idea Hunt

We are excited to announce that the innovative new project designed and built by the Idea Hunt Community, Swap Ideas is now live.  Everyday we have the opportunity to engage with entrepreneurs of all types and the resounding issue they face is a lack of resources needed to meet various growth hurdles. As an entrepreneur, it can be difficult to hire consultants that have the skill and network to help take your project to the next level.

That’s why we’re really excited to launch Swap Ideas, to matchmake entrepreneurs that need feedback on their business models, landing pages, and user acquisition.  We’ve built the initial signup and matchmaking portion of Swap Ideas on www.swapideas.io and the actual idea exchange will happen on the Idea Hunt Innovation Platform.

The Idea Hunt community has come together to make Swap Ideas happen. The process has been facilitated by a series of Idea Hunts for wireframes, logos, design and testing. All in all more than 20 our users have had a direct impact upon the project.  As a thank you to those who were most active, winning the various Idea Hunts and helping to develop the website, we have listed them as makers in our Product Hunt announcement!

The Idea Hunt team had so much fun watching this project come to life and is very excited to see all of the inspiring ideation that will take place on the platform and beyond.  We’d love see you and engage with you on Swap Ideas. Check it out and sign-up to Swap Ideas!

Swap Ideas Makers:

Logo: Amparo Diaz

Wireframes: Vladimir Devic

Developers: Linus

Quality Assurance: Sebastian Klett

Naming Competitions on Idea Hunt the Innovation Platform

What’s In a Name? Leveraging an Innovation Platform to Rename Companies

What’s in a Name?

Leveraging an Innovation Platform to Rename Companies

Learn why Idea Hunt's innovation platform is perfect for naming competitions

Idea Hunt has been used to do a lot of incredible things, like design products and launch companies.  But, it has also been very successful at helping companies rename and rebrand.  Currently, there are two re-naming hunts on the platform that attracting quite a bit of attention and garnering a lot of solid ideas.  Picking the winner of these two hunts is going to be a very tough challenge for the hunt coaches.

But Why Use an Innovation Platform? 

Using an innovation platform helps to set the stage for hosting the naming competition or challenge.  When you select a platform that is used to create and curate creative yet actionable ideas everyday, you ensure that this environment is extended to your contest.

Why Idea Hunt?

When you select the premier innovation platform, Idea Hunt, you ensure that everyone participating understands the framework for your hunt and is ready to rise to the challenge of creating a solid, yet creative name that fits your brand and organizational goals.  Our global community is ready and waiting anxiously for an exciting hunt that will challenge them, and inspire collaboration with other members of Idea Hunt.

Why Offer a Prize? 

Idea Hunt has built in a framework for offering and awarding exciting prizes.  While our community uses Idea Hunt and participates in our challenges for the love of innovation, ideation and co-creation, prizes add another layer of excitement and fun.  It often inspires more participants, both members and nonmembers in the hunt which raises the level of competition.  Prizes are not required when creating hunt but we do highly recommend them.

What Are Some Examples of These Hunts? 

We have two such exciting hunts running on our innovation platform at the moment.  The first of these hunts is Europe’s first super sized battery factory, which is offering the Swedish equivalent of $1,000 cash.  Already over 100 exciting ideas have been submitted and there are still a few more days to enter this competition! The second of the hunts, is an IoT company named Skygd.  They are looking to expand into other continents and are in need of a name that is both recognizable but representative of their brand in these new countries.  The prize for the individual who can rise to this challenge is an iPad!

SelfieJobs on Idea Hunt the Innovation Platform

How Selfie Jobs used Idea Hunt to innovate marketing

Selfie Jobs Leveraged the Power of Idea Hunt

As a Result, they Innovated Their Marketing

SelfieJobs is innovating the job market, with their approach to match qualified candidates with interesting or exciting jobs.  Think of them as the “Tinder for jobs”.  Already an innovator in a stale industry, SelfieJobs used Idea Hunt back in April in order to solve a crucial challenge.  Many startups hit a growth hurdle, but SelfieJobs looked to the future and planned ahead with Idea Hunt.  They asked both their existing community and the Idea Hunt user community, “How can we recruit more job seekers to Selfiejobs?”.

Idea Hunt recently caught up with their CEO Martin Tall to find out how they have been fairing since the close of their Idea Hunt.  Founder of Idea Hunt, Elia Morling chatted with Tall about the specific growth hurdle that SelfieJobs was facing, and how they were able to successfully overcome that hurdle through the use of the Idea Hunt innovation platform.

SelfieJobs received some great, actionable ideas.  One of the ideas they decided to try was “Take 5-10 volunteers in a city you have a high density of jobs and Do Guerrilla Marketing” by Idea Hunt Ambassador, Sebastian Klett. We asked Sebastian where he got this idea from and he told us, “I came up with this idea, because I follow a lot of guerrilla marketing stuff – as well as heaps of new and inspiring marketing ideas.

SelfieJobs put this idea to use by carrying the message on hover boards in central locations in Stockholm, as well as universities. Check it out:

selfie-jobs

Since their Idea Hunt they have seen an uptick in their recruitment for job seekers, and they recently hit the hallmark of 50,000 users. We’ve gotta say “Way to Go!” to that one!  Idea Hunt is excited to see what happens next for this innovative new job matchmaking service that is being dubbed the “Tinder for jobs”.

Are you facing a challenge or growth hurdle? Create an Idea Hunt on our innovation platform to leverage both your existing community and our global community to find actionable solutions.