Back in 2014, we found an amazing music player called FlipBeats. Built by a local Sri Lankan team at AppSpace, a mobile application venture of hSenid Outsourcing (which is a subsidiary of hSenid Software International) FlipBeats was an unusual app when we first found it. We say it was unusual because, unlike many of the other Sri Lankan apps, FlipBeats didn’t suck. This was a music player from Sri Lanka that not only worked, it looked great too.
Since then, the FlipBeats team has been hard at work upgrading the app, with a design focused approach. With this approach, the goal is to always introduce a new feature without losing the simplicity of the app.
Some of FlipBeats’ new features include being able to edit meta-data of songs (cover images, artist name, etc) and a social media feed to know what your friends are listening to. It’s Black Version not only gives a nice theme but also reduces power consumption by 75%. It also features an interesting set of basic equalizers, but if you want to customize it then FlipBeats’ advanced mode will now let you tweak every variable related to your music to give you the best sound. It’s music discovery and social feed has also been revamped to let you better know what your friends are singing and find as well as stream your favorite songs. FlipBeats also has the honor of being one of the 1st Apple Watch apps in the music category and the 1st Apple Watch app made in Sri Lanka.
Though, when it came to building the Apple Watch app the FlipBeats team had a challenging journey. Speaking with Sachi Wickramage – head of hSenid Outsourcing and the founder of FlipBeats, we learned that the team began building the Watch App almost immediately after the Apple Watch was announced. This meant having to use a simulator to develop the app as they didn’t have an actual Apple Watch for testing. In the end, they overcame a challenging journey to be one of the 1st music Apple Watch apps.
Take all these features into account and FlipBeats easily rivals some of the biggest music players available on both Android and iOS. For proof, one only needs to look at FlipBeats’ success record.
Since its launch, FlipBeats has 450,000+ downloads and is now the top music player in Brazil. The app also has a bunch of prestigious awards to its name. Since we 1st found the app, FlipBeats has become a winner of the eSwabhimani award in 2014, a winner at NBQSA 2014, a finalist at APICTA 2014 and winner at the mBillionth Awards 2015.
Today, FlipBeats can add another prestigious award to that list. FlipBeats is a winner 2015 in the e-Entertainment and Games category at the prestigious World Summit Awards.
Occurring every two years, the World Summit Awards is aimed at selecting the world’s best e-Content and innovative information and communication technology applications. Partnered with the United Nations, the award gets applications from 178 countries. However, only 40 of these applications that are truly innovative have the honor of calling themselves winners.
To say it’s a great achievement for a Sri Lankan app to win such a prestigious award would be an understatement. To the FlipBeats team, we would like to offer our heartiest congratulations. We look forward to writing about your success in the future.
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Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries.
Seedstars, a global organization based in Switzerland promotes, connects and invests up to $1 million USD in emerging market startups through their exclusive startup competition held in over 60 countries. Last year, we saw Seedstars come to Sri Lanka for the first time. LayUp was selected as the winner of the first Seedstars Colombo, which was held last year. LayUp then went onto represent Sri Lanka as a finalist at Seedstars Global. Eight startups will be competing at SeedStars Colombo 2017.
The winning startup will receive an all-expenses paid trip to both the Seedstars Asia Regional Summit in Bangkok. They’ll also win a trip to Switzerland to compete at the Seedstars Global Summit for equity investments of up to USD 1 million, and to meet with international mentors and investors.
(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
MAS Innovation Center
#50 Foster Lane, Colombo
Mobile Application Security Beyond Compliance Speaker Christopher Stewart is an IT Infrastructure and Security Practitioner with over 11 years of experience including cyber defense and Governance & Audit areas. Here's your chance to
Mobile Application Security
Christopher Stewart is an IT Infrastructure and Security Practitioner with over 11 years of experience including cyber defense and Governance & Audit areas. Here’s your chance to catch Christopher’s session on Mobile Application Security: Beyond Compliance.
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(Monday) 5:45 pm - 7:45 pm
Prof Stanley Wijesundera Mawatha, Colombo 00700
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee
Startup weekend-Trincomalee Beach
Calling entrepreneurs, Growth Hackers, Dreamers, Rain Makers and Startup Catalysts to change the world in 54 hours! Bring your creativity and skills and Join Startup Weekend Trincomalee ,Friday 27th to Sunday 29st Octon,2017 at Trinco beach hotel, Trinco
What’s Startup Weekend, Anyway?
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
Google for Entrepreneurs is the global partner for Techstars Startup Weekend Program, including Startup Weekend, Startup Next and Startup Digest. Google is a sponsor of Techstars Accelerator Programs. Techstars collaborates with the Google for Entrepreneurs campuses across the globe to support engagement with entrepreneurs everywhere.
What You Can Do?
In short, Startup Weekend shapes the lives of many people as a starting point as entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts. Ultimately, it’s an amazing spring board to get started on something (a new business, career at a startup or great relationships).
Come pitch, join a team, iron out your business model, and build away! In just 54 hours teams will come together to create startups from scratch and learn about entrepreneurship in a hands-on and meaningful way. Developers, designers, business experts, and makers will come to build prototypes and launch startups that use hardware or software to interconnect us all and change the world.
WHO GOES TO STARTUP WEEKENDS?
Experienced business people or budding entrepreneurs, Creative designers, Coders, growth hackers who are looking for new ideas and wanting to challenge their skills – Startup Weekends are a fun and exciting way to to upskill and test yourself in the world of startups
WHAT DO YOU DO AT A STARTUP WEEKEND?
Starting from 6.30 PM on Friday registration will be done, Welcome speech, Dinner, Startup pitches ideas chosen and lasting teams formed. By late Friday night you’ll be on your way with goals set and roles assigned.
Saturday is all about validation – contacting potential customers and checking out if there is really a market for your idea – and reacting fast if you need to change. Meanwhile if you’re a developer or a designer you’ll be furiously building the product.
Sunday is about making it work and preparing for the final pitch to a panel of carefully chosen judges. Throughout the process mentors from all backgrounds will be on hand. (link to timetable)
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER
Celebrate! We’ll put in place a follow up event, and there will be other opportunities, including our Co-Starters program.
What is the benefit of attending Startup Weekend ?
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. It’s like an MBA in a weekend.
2) Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
3) Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
4) Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
5) Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
6) Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
7) Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost $40 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources our global sponsors, and all the coffee you can drink.
8) Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Facilities for the Attendees?
Mentors : Whether it’s growth, design, or prototype,you’ll find a mentor who can help
Free WIFI: You will Get Free WIFI Access from our Telecom Partner
Meals : Morning Refreshment Plus Lunch and Dinner
Community Perks and Discounts : Take advantage of perks and discounts offered to all Startup Weekend participants from the Global sponsors.
Much More: Whatever you are building, our sponsors and community have put together some fantastic resources to help you build your idea.
october 27 (Friday) - 29 (Sunday)
Trinco Beach Hotel
326,Dyke Street, Trincomalee