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Jumpstart/NextTech Pitch Competition

I discovered this event only a few hours before it began, thanks to Gene at the seed coworking space. I had no idea what to expect, though I have attended many pitching events around the world/pitched to a number of VCs at the 2018 TechCrunch Shenzhen event. I was intrigued, wondering what would be pitched. Fintech, food, IT, AR, VR, block chain; these would be likely topics, though I hoped there would be something that would work locally and internationally.

There was! The winner was a project that solved an urgent issue for the northwestern Ohio, yet also has national and international applications. The judges awarded the $10,000 prize to CC Tronic, represented by Nida Ammar and Leo Idraikh. Their technology helps solve Lake Erie's algae bloom problem, and eventually could have worldwide applications.

passing out prizes at a pitch competition

Other contestants/ideas: Moni Featchurs( portable theaters for community events),Smith Innovations ( windproof table/umbrellas), Clean Car Technology (cleaning components that are friendly to humans and the environment), HER Wines Ltd. (customized wine events for women).

Diana Patton, with a serious smile, shared her goal of meeting Michelle Obama. Diana's RISE program is already improving the lives of students in the Toledo area. Her presentation was genuine, dramatic and moving.

Jacob Beakas and his partner presented a plan to provide UToledo students with foods grown locally.

The star of the show, however was Ateeq Najib, a 16 year old award-winning boxer. He opened his presentation explaining why boxing gloves need to be improved: hand injuries are very common. Ateeq explained how he tested various materials and gave other examples of the research he did. If he won, he would use the money to create prototypes. Ateeq's sincerity and thoroughness were impressive.

BubikoFoodtour showed up, and of course she was intrigued by the experiences and plans of Andi Lawrence and Foodology.

Bubiko gets excited about Foodology
Bubiko cheers on Andi Lawrence from Foodology

Although CC Tronic won , all of the entrepreneurs gave strong presentations. No Powerpoints! And...great food and drink!

The judges:

Amy O'Donnell, Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Toledo.

Phillip Lee Partner, Shumaker, Loop and Kendrick

Wendy Gramza, President and CEO, Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Steven Powell, Manager of Administrative Services and Development, City of Toledo

The event was hosted by Ocie Irons, Jumpstart's Senior Partner in Toledo.

NextTech Ohio/Jumpstart

Bubiko at SXSW 2019

Bubiko and SXSW... what a time!

music at SXSW
3how Beach Road
If you'd like to know about Bubiko's adventures in Asia, search this blog.
Here is Bubiko's Instagram account.
And, here are Bubiko's adventures in the first part of 2019, including the presentation at MIT.

Bubiko Update!

Bubiko at SXSW Overview!

Bubiko, a little chef from Thailand, looking at a sign and thinking.
Bubiko Foodtour is looking up!

2019 is moving forward for Bubiko and her team! Huge thanks to Ken at UARExplorer and Julia at Novaby, the makers of amazing 3D models.

Image from game demo by Dominique Wu and Michael Stragey.

Presenting at ARIA at MIT

...and soon, thanks to VIKRANT MUTHUSAMY

and ALEXANDRA SMITH.....Bubiko will be able to sing!

Vikrant is a very talented musician. Alex is a gift: so perfect for this project, it seems like destiny. Alex is classically trained in opera and she often works as a Disney Princess, singing children's songs!

Stayed tuned for more Bubiko excitement!

onwARd!

SB

AR ONES tee shirt

ADDITIONAL ARvisible design soon to be revealed!

The gutter and the stars. And bakeries. And violin lessons.

AR ONES: Bubiko, Ollie, and the mysterious Obasan and Eggy.

Yep.

Available at finer fashion outlets internationally. Care to purchase this fine garment online? bubikofoodtour at gmail dot com

A! R! Let's go!

Get behind it before it gets past you
Now on tour....

The ARphabet Tour: Toledo

The ARphabet Tour is fully explained here.

Three presentations on three different days. Self-publishing, mango sticky rice, and of course, AR, augmented reality.

AR apps demonstrated:

Leo AR 

ARtivive

Despite the challenging weather, a number of friends, family and curious people made it to the presentations. A new recipe for mango sticky rice was created, Stephen Black's books were introduced.

AR was demonstrated and discussed. Very interesting to talk about AR with those who are relatively unaware of it. Interesting questions were asked and all left with at least some understanding of the power and possibilities of Augmented Reality.

AR startup : Bubiko Foodtour +

This is outdated. For my startup plans, write to me directly at bubikofoodtour at mark gmail.com. Please look for more recent posts. This, for example, is an overview of the first three months of my AR activities in 2019. Thank you. SB

to become the Pixar of AR...

Bubiko Foodtour (work in progress, finalized 3D version soon)

Bubiko Foodtour will appear in short entertaining AR movies full of food information. The lessons and networks resulting from Bubiko's experiences will be applied to other characters: The Dundercats (specializing in music education), The Doughbots (fun characters who promote basic math and reading skills) and Secret Donut World, a collection of whimsical characters and objects created by David Severn(UK/Japan). These original characters, stories and, eventually, software, will result in a company with the potential to become the Pixar of AR.

Revenue: freemium business model with in-app purchases, character and software licensing, digital products, physical objects like books, clothing, toys and kitchen supplies. 

Additionally, Bubiko now has a database of waiting-to-be discovered SE Asian food products suitable for food lovers worldwide.

Go To Market Plan

Stephen Black and Sayuri Okayama have spent the past two years in Southeast Asia, researching AR and food. As Bubiko is a little chef from Thailand, this was necessary to create the credibility necessary to benefit from the worldwide popularity of Southeast Asian foods.

These years of research have resulted in a strong personal and professional international network: programmers, journalists, podcasters, foodies, websites, galleries, digital marketing specialists, food producers, restaurant and hotel owners; as well as personal connections with AR-related companies like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Magic Leap, Line, Alibaba, Tencent, Kabaq and Facebook. These connections, as well as social media and online campaigns, will be activated once technical and business plans milestones are secured.

Note: At present, more than a billion devices (Apple and Android) allow users to easily enjoy Bubiko and friends. However, all movies/activities include an awareness of the possibilities offered by AR glasses and smartglasses.

Additionally developments in SLAM, meshmapping, IoT, persistent experiences, 5G etc. are being closely monitored. Facebook and Apple are among several companies planning to release AR wearables in the near future.

Upcoming AR projects like Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, and a Harry Potter AR game will increase AR awareness/the number of AR users. The phenomenal success of Pokemon Go continues, it has been downloaded over 100 million times on Google Play alone, and generated more than 300 million dollars, including in-app purchases.


Status as of January 20, 2019

Encouraging developments have occurred since the project began, but two workshops and presentations at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in June 2018 were the start of extreme public and professional interactions and possibilities:

- presentations at The Hong Kong Makers Faire

- presentation at Le Wagon Shenzhen, a bootcamp school for coders

- invited to pitch to VCs at TechCrunch Shenzhen

- establishment of a personal network in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, including makers, government bodies, digital marketers, distributors and designers.

- participation in workshops at the MIT Reality Virtually Hackathon, including those by Magic Leap, PTC and Unity.

- presenter at ARIA 2019 at MIT.

ARAI 2019 @MIT

Bubiko Foodtour +

Feedback on the physical appearance of Bubiko has been very encouraging. A Bubiko 3D model will soon be created, and used to create standardized 2D versions.

Bubiko has made an ebook about the food of Ipoh Malaysia, available on Amazon. She is currently compiling notes for a food guide to Shenzhen. are no comparable books; additionally the book introduces the different provinces of China.

The Dundercats characters, a partnership with Six Cat Studios, are now being made in 3D, in addition to merchandising and real world musical instruction activities. Scripts and story ideas are being refined for both Secret Donut World and The Doughbots; they presently exist in 2D only.

Bubiko Partnerships

Bubiko appears  in an ARKit/Unity game demo created by Dominique Wu and Michael Stragey. Dominique runs Hummingbirdsday Studio, which specializes in UX/UI design. Michael has worked on games for Spongebob Squarepants, XMen and Disney.

Bubiko will be in a game being created with UARExperiences, who are currently in stealth.

In support of the ARphabet Tour, Kabaq is creating an AR version of mango sticky rice.

Discussions with Novaby are now underway to make a 3D version of Bubiko.

An Indiegogo campaign for the ARphabet Tour will soon begin.

Postproduction will continue on Lotus Mountain, a 360VR movie shot in Shenzhen, using 8K cameras supplied by Kandao. Although Bubiko is not featured, the finished film will result in beneficial publicity. A previous VR 360 film, Beach Road,was featured at festivals in Singapore, Brisbane and Las Vegas.

Time spent in Shenzhen resulted in numerous contacts and possibilities,one being the bundling of Bubiko and the Doughbots into tablets made for children.

Bubiko on a rainy night in Shenzhen.


Augmented Reality in Asia
article about Stephen Black/Sayuri/Bubiko in Ipoh

We're waiting 'til the day we have budget and a coder or two, so that Bubiko can walk and talk... For now, we sketch and improvise.. like this.

Presentations and workshops by Stephen Black

ARphabet Tour AR Characters: Green Bean Boy

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

This blog post, like all of the others related the ARphabet Tour, will be updated frequently. Please check back, or better subscribe.

Green Bean Boy is a character created by Dominique Wu, the founder of  Green Bean Boy &  hummingbirdsday

Green Bean Boy is from the Planet Vert in the Haricot Galaxy...

Green Bean Boy loves the Blue Planet and is determined to defend it. He travels through time and space with his chronobean portal to defend the Blue Planet. Green Bean Boy helps everyone he can.
A mix of serious space science and literature, technology, art, and music, the Green Bean Boy game is a multidimensional experience in XR (AR +VR + MR).

Green Bean Boy's website: https://greenbeanboy.com 

Dominique is now finalizing a game demo made with ARkit and Unity. We are very happy to announce that the game features an appearance with Bubiko Foodtour!

The programming and debugging talents of Michael Stragey have made  the demo as beautiful as a diamond lit by a million moonbeams! 

DOMINIQUE'S ON LINE PORTAL TEST NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE!

The demo will be part of Stephen Black's presentations at ARIA at MIT on January 14, 2019.

Hummingbirdsday

Screen capture from an AR game by Dominique Wu. Story by Stephen Black (work in progress)

The demo and  discussion will also be part of the ARphabet Tour.

All of the sections of the ARphabet Tour are explained here.

Le Wagon Shenzhen Presentation: Art and Technology, by Stephen Black

Le Wagon is a fantastic organization dedicated to teaching people how to code. It was a dreamlike honor to present my work, surrounded by the nightlife of Shenzhen, the new Silicon Valley.

However, the Powerpoint above mysteriously chose not to display every image. Here are the slides with a voiceover.

LATEST NEWS: THE ARPHABET TOUR 

ARKit games made with Unity
Presentation at Le Wagon, Shenzhen December 26, 2018
Green Bean Boy and other AR characters
Stephen Black's 100 day tour of America. AR, books and mangos.