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Tech | Comcast NBCUniversal 24 Hour Hackathon in Orlando

It’s the middle of the summer. The queue at your favorite Universal Orlando attraction is at least ninety minutes and ten miles long. What does one do with oneself to occupy all that time? That’s one of several questions tech creatives hoped to help NBCUniversal Media Labs answer at this weekend’s 24 hour hackathon at the Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort. Imagine coding for a solid 24 hours, starting at noon on Saturday and ending at noon on Sunday. For those of you who are not technically inclined, I’m sure there’s not enough Visine nor caffeinated beverages in Florida to assist in such tasks!

The hackathon set forth six challenges;

Universal Studios Parks and Resorts Marketing Challenge: Use mobile (emphasis on wearable), geolocation and IoT technologies to attract nearby consumers in Orlando and Hollywood.

Universal Studios Parks and Resorts Technology Challenge: Enhance in-park experience of visually impaired guests using native platform on Android or iOS plus tech from the attractions themselves or preexisting in-park tech, especially with Universal Orlando Mobile app integration. On other Technology news if you need Digital Marketing for your company, There are Digital Experts in Weston Florida to help you.

Universal Studios Parks and Resorts Creative Challenge: Enhance queue wait while keeping guest immersed in the story.

Universal Studios Parks and Resorts Entertainment Challenge: Use Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, beacons, geofencing, audio watermarking and RFID [Radio Frequency Identification] to create compelling content to interact and fully immerse guests. (Don’t get the difference between Virtual and Augmented Reality? Let MKBHD explain…)

Telemundo Challenge: Bring Telemundo’s award shows, sporting events and more to Hispanic audience using a 360 experience on multiple platforms.

GolfNow Challenge: Use GolfNow’s tee times API [Application Programming Interface] to target and engage appropriate users of expiring tee times and incentivize them to book through discounts, notification, social integration, etc.

Judges naturally included Universal Orlando Parks and Resorts, Universal Creative and Golf Channel executives, as well as Factur Board Member (and big time coffee lover) John Soucy and Sanjay Macwan, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of NBCUniversal Media Labs.

Teams of Orlando’s tech community brightest like the fabulous Willa Riggins and team from FamiLab, Necole Pynn from Canvs, teammate Andrew Kozlik, Caesar Abueg, Kunal Patel, Andres Aranguibel, Carl Dungca and friend of Top 5 Josh Murdock (aka: Professor Josh).

Who won? What did they win? Your answers are below…

Winners List:

  • Parks Marketing Challenge: Team SorcerAr (Prize: $1,500, 4 UOR Annual Passes)
  • Parks Technology Challenge: Team USense (Prize: $1,500)
  • Parks Creative Challenge: Team Malignant Monsters (Prize: $1,500) CONGRATS NECOLE & ANDREW!
  • Parks Entertainment Challenge: Team Wandah (Prize: $1,500) CONGRATS FAMILAB!
  • Telemundo Challenge: Team Interactivo (Prize: $1,500, XBOX One + Kinect, FIFA 15, Samsung Gear VR)
  • GolfNow Challenge: Team Golf Bid (Prize: $1,500, exclusive tour of Golf Channel Studios, 1 yr premium subscription to GolfNow, 1 Golf Channel/GolfNow prize pack)
  • Grand Prize: Team SorcerAr

Orlando’s New Nonprofit Canvs Announces Coworking Membership Options & Availability

Orlando coworking space seeks tech companies looking for a new home 

Canvs, Orlando’s nonprofit, tech-centric coworking space, has many membership commitments by local companies and is looking for more to join. Leasing 17,189 sq. ft. on the first floor of the Church Street Exchange building, Canvs will accommodate 164 entrepreneurs and technologists [see floor plan].

They have an Upcoming Happy Hour Preview on May 14th http://www.meetup.com/Canvs-Events/events/180331122/

Canvs membership offers the benefits of a collaborative work environment with the added value of having the energy and support of an active community. The space offers multiple conference rooms, bike storage, gigabit Internet service, coffee, beer, snacks, lounge areas, a reception area and much more [see rendering]. Members will also benefit from proximity to SunRail, LYMMO service, downtown bars, restaurants, entertainment and Creative Village, although if you have move things of what you can take with you, you could storage them in a safe place like the EZE Box storage facility so you don’t have to worry they lost or brake when you’re gone.

Canvs coworking memberships are affordable alternatives to home offices and traditional real estate for startups

Pricing for social membership is just $100 where a Dedicated Desk is $450!

Pricing details HERE

Day Passes will also be available for $25, which gives access to a community desk, community network and other Canvs benefits. For membership inquiries, contact membership@canvs.org.* Multiple dedicated desks discount: first five desks are $450 each, second five desks are $400 each and next five are $350 each.


Canvs coworking memberships are affordable alternatives to home offices and traditional real estate. All membership plans are available month to month with no long term commitment.

* Multiple dedicated desks discount: first five desks are $450 each, second five desks are $400 each, and next five are $350 each.

Day Passes are available: A $25 day pass gives you access to a community desk, community network, and other Canvs benefits.

Canvs Co-Founder, V.J. LeBlanc comments on why he’s passionate about the project, “I’m most excited about the environment and opportunities Canvs will provide to Orlando’s technical entrepreneurs. Giving startups the support they need at an early stage is critical to nurturing their growth and ensuring their long-term success. Canvs is uniquely positioned to facilitate a new generation of successful technology ventures and solidify Orlando’s identity as an emerging technical hotbed.”


“Orlando’s tech community is strong, vibrant and growing, and Canvs will be our clubhouse, a place for us all to come together, exchange ideas and help each other grow,” said Carlos Carbonell, CEO and co-founder of Echo Interaction Firm – a mobile development firm – and President of the newly-formed Orlando Tech Association. “Echo has been through the startup journey and as we celebrate our fifth year in business, we look forward to joining the Canvs ecosystem to embrace the energy and serve as a mentor to new startups.”

Canvs will be holding a member happy hour Wednesday, May 14 at 6 p.m. on Church Street at the Church Street Tavern for all current and prospective members. At the event Canvs will give an overview of the space, memberships and updates on construction, plans and more. Media are invited.

Membership inquiries can contact membership@canvs.org or visit canvs.org.

About Canvs

Canvs is a coworking space and nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Orlando’s startup community and expanding the entrepreneurial ecosystem by making it easier for anyone to startup. Founded by Philip Holt, V.J. LeBlanc, Jeremy Paulding and Chris Staymates – the founding team behind SPLYT – Canvs aims to transform Orlando into a top 10 city nationally for tech startups and to assist in the creation of 5,000 high-wage tech jobs over the next decade. For more information, visit Canvs’s website (www.canvs.org), Twitter (@CanvsORL), Instagram and Facebook page.