#Asia Mental health app Design My Day wins Startup Weekend Bali


The Bali-based startup beat 11 other ideas in the weekend-long event


The second Startup Weekend Bali closed on Sunday with mental health app Design My Day announced as winner. The three-day annual event was held at Hubud co-working space in Ubud with 80 participants from 25 countries, 20 per cent of them being Indonesian citizens.

Within 54 hours, participants formed teams to work on ideas, developed a working prototype under the guidance of mentors and coaches and presented the ideas in front of judges.

On the first day, 28 ideas were pitched by participants, with 11 of them selected for further development.

The winning team is Bali-based Design My Day, an app that helps people living with depression and loneliness schedule their day. Users can search for and plan fun and meaningful activities to help brighten their day, and can help others achieve the same through its suggestion feature.

Coming in second and third place were Meander App — an app to connect people in transit — and Bitcoin for Wi-Fi, a service for low-cost Wi-Fi system.

Other notable participants are Asuransama, a peer-to-peer network to help people with their insurance, and No More Strangers, an app that connects people commuting to work.

Startup Weekend Bali coaches pose for picture

Startup Weekend Bali coaches

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The panel of judges consisted of Christopher Thompson, former VP and GM of Asia of Electronics Art (EA) and Founder of Jati Planning; David Soukhasing, Investment Manager SEA at LGT Ventures; Ketut Sulistyawati, Founder and Managing Director of Somia Customer Experience; Mark Asseily, CEO & Founder of State and Steve Stine, Managing Director, Asia Pacific of DHR International.

Participants also got the chance to be coached by Claudia Eslahpazir, Marketing Coach and Consultant; Dennis Alund, Software Developer and Co-Founder of Kumpul Coworking Space; Georgi Georgiev, Marketing Director at Potential Asia; Konstantin Youdenko, Interaction Designer and Conversion Specialist; Magali Alix-Toupé, Facilitator in Business Model Innovation & Customer Experience; Maire Shanahan, Founder of Bumblebee Enterprises; Michael Dekker, UX/UI Designer, Mentor & Consultant; Patricia Parkinson, UX Specialist; and Tomas Laurinavicius, Founder & Editor-in-chief of Despreneur.

Doing meditation amidst the hustle and bustle

Doing meditation amidst the hustle and bustle

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“Bali has this incredible creative energy. Everyone seems to constantly creating something and that is contagious,” said Vitto Christaldi, Head Organiser of Startup Weekend Bali.

“Now people don’t just come to Bali to surf or do yoga. They’re here to build startups!” he added.

Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurs, programmers, coders, designers and other professionals to build a business over the weekend. Headquartered in Seattle, the programme is now available in 135 countries.

Amidst coaching sessions, participants also get the chance to receive meditation training from Nadine McNeil, Bali Spirit Festival’s yoga and meditation teacher who is also an ex-UN activist and social entrepreneur.

Image Credit: Startup Weekend Bali

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