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Inspired at River City Labs!

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On Wednesday, we went back to the Precinct and pitched PowerShot at River City Labs, we met many people there. Many of them had interesting ideas and businesses. Like one who used drones to take photos of telecommunications towers and makes a 3D image of the tower and use it to show people where they can go in the proximity of the towers. We also got a very good tour of the facilities. The first room we went to had the Japanese company SoftBank and the project of Pepper the AI robot. The robot was very interesting, as it could do many things including dance, introduce herself and identify how many people in the room. 


At the UQ Big Day In we witnessed a millionaire talk about how he started with five grand and with a group of people in his basement. He was very interesting, and told us how we must always say yes to opportunities. He owned 55% of a multi-million business.


At The Australian Cricket Centre we saw many players practicing their shots and bowls. They had very good resources. We met on of the development players named Henry and he was talking to us about the app. He said that he could bowl 145kms an hour, which was his best. However, he wanted a pocket speed gun that he could us a home. We also had our interview with the currier mail here. We also met Max, the sports scientist of the Centre and was talking about how the app could be tweaked so it would be beneficial for cricket players. Like from what angle the shot should be taken and where the ball should be picked up. Max was very helpful to us and told us that cricketers would buy an app that is configured to cricket would sell for around $15 to $20.

Playing at Catapult Sports

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We were invited to go to the Melbourne office of catapult sport. This business is associated the major sports clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG and Cornella Sharks. We were taken around the office and we were shown the main sports vest and a prototype vest for the European elite. We were also shown how the vest work with the app. They also showed use a bit of vertical reality. Overall the experience was very interesting.

 

Pitching the 36th Floor!

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We were excited to present our pitch that we had been working on for ages. It was a 10 minute pitch telling the judges all about the app and what we had done. We were called into the room to present our pitch and we were all super nervous. The judges were nice and our pitch went very well. When we left the room where we did an interview for the iAwards people and it was great fun.

Podcasting with the Best of the Best

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When we were in Brisbane, Chris Titley asked us if we could do a podcast with him. BizBites, the interviews PowerShot does, are an idea based of his podcasts. We were very happy to do a podcast with him, and were very excited. When we got to Chris’s office, he took us to the podcast room. The room had microphones that we spoke into while the audio was recording, then Chris edits it and posts it. Chris asked us a few questions and we answered them. We had so much fun! At the end of the podcast we gave him an update on the app from since we last saw him.

The iAwards Annoucement!

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Woohoo! We won the award! After we get off stage we go out of the dining room and back out into the networking area shaking with excitement. Our parents are so happy for us and giving us big hugs. We go over to the professional photographer and get a few photos with just the team and then another with all the other winners. At this point in time, we all still couldn’t believe that we have just won a national iAward, and we will be representing Australia in the Australasian finals. The Australiasian finals are in early December and we are super excited!

Reverse Investor Pitch

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The investor pitch night was very fun and interesting because we were invited up to the VIP area at the start of the evening. At the VIP area we networked with many interesting people, especially Stephan Phillips the creator of Popgun. There was drinks and nibbles and then the pitches began. The pitches were great, we learnt heaps. We would definitely recommend it to all interested in know what investors want in a company.

Our Internal Values

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Today we finalised our business Mission and Values.  We also created a set of 11 internal values that we will live by hen we are workign together behind the scenes.  They are pretty cool and are:


  1. Work hard to deliver awesome service
  2. Embrace change and take it up a notch
  3. Have fun whilst showing our inner weirdness
  4. Keep on learning
  5. Be adventurous and creative
  6. Value everyone's opinions
  7. Create a great team spirit
  8. Keep it simple
  9. Have pride, passion and positivity
  10. Be humble and express gratitude
  11. Keep your promises

Visiting the Office of the Chief Entrepreneur

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We recently went down to Brisbane and while we were there we met with Mark Sowerby and went to the Mawson Launch.


When we met Mark we had a WHOLE HOUR with him!!! It was amazing to spend that long since he is so busy because he is the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur of course. Mark wanted to hear how the PowerShot started and he was very supportive of everything. While we were in the room having a meeting with Mark a lot of people were walking past and wondering who those kids were in that room? We had a great meeting with Mark and hope to spend more time with him soon.


We also went to the Mawson launch which had a lot of people there. There were about 100 people there to listen to Stephan Phillips who is part of a business called Popgun. He talked about a robot they were creating called Alice which if you play music to it, it will play the rest of the needed notes back to you. Also he talk about a company called set witch have a farm of lithium batteries which are the batteries in your phone. We also got an interview with Stephan which was really good. We networked with a lot of people at the Mawson launch and I had a great time.

By Elliot

Our Brisbane STEM Learning Adventures

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On our adventure around Brisbane we met up with Chris Titley a podcaster, keen basketballer and a huge supporter of the App. Chris gave us the idea to do BizBites and we recorded one with him. He gave us many links with sporting companies and advice as well.


We visited the QUT Robotics Lab. The COO gave us a tour of all the cool and interesting robots there. The lab has been working on many projects including a robot that injects vinegar into Crown of Thorns.


While in Brisbane we had interest from a primary school (Bulimba State School) asking us to visit the grade 5 and 6 students. The students we're very interested in the App and couldn’t wait till the App could be downloaded. The kids were also asking what program we used to learn to code and how.

PowerShot at the iAwards

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So as you know we went down to Brisbane last week, and a main reason why we went was for the iAwards. The iAwards in other words is like the State Innovation awards. There are three levels to the event, state, national and international. The awards were held at the Brisbane convention centre and there was all fancy food, we networked and it was really cool. We had a little table where we had our digital brochure we got from Brandtree Creative and everyone loved it, we also had our new updated business cards on the table and we also had our PowerShot fidget spinners which you can purchase for ten dollars if you want today.


When we were networking we were lucky to meet many people such as Des Saunders and Leeanne Enoch, the MP of Algester. It was great to meet Leeanne and speak to her personal,y about the app. She also mentioned PowerShot in her speech at the event numerous times. Des Saunders was great to meet too. His advice was great and he was very nice. At the end of the iAwards he invited all of us to go to the big day in at UQ in Brisbane.


When it was time to announce the Junior Student Category winner we were all very nervous and shaky, because we were cold and we were about to see who the winner was. When the winner was announced the man said "And as mentioned a lot tonight the winner is PowerShot!". Everyone was cheering and we all couldn't believe the fact we had just won the state iAwards. It was great to see our parents proud, as they have supported us all the way.  


The team all walked up to the stage and got handed the trophy by Des. After that we quickly went outside for a professional photo which you may have seen on social media. Because we have won the state iAwards we now get to go to Melbourne in August for the national iAwards where we will pitch directly in front of judges. If we win in Melbourne we will go to the final stage of the iAwards, which is international, in Asia. This will be a big goal to reach if we win and it would be a great experience!


When the event had finished everyone went out to the area where we networked and had a quick group photo with all the winners and left. It was a fantastic night! The iAwards was a great success and we look forward to entering more events just like the iAwards.


BizBites - May 2017

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PowerShot⚽️App BizBites are cool snippy little interviews we've done with businesses in Cairns for advice, a bit of fun and a chance to offer prizes to grow our fan base while our app that measures how fast you can kick a ball is in development.  To date we've interviewed 32 local and interstate businesses!

Innovation & Inspiration

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Being the only girl amongst three boys may not be easy, but I say ‘Try your best, and do good’. I love quotes, they inspire me! If you think about a quote and read it really carefully, you can find that it means something in your life. Along my journey through PowerShot I have learnt many things. These things are called life skills. When you grow up you will face challenges and barriers. You will have to solve the riddle and break free. It might seem impossible, but the word impossible itself is im-possible, so remember that you’re possible.


When you are stuck or need help, don’t feel embarrassed to ask an adult. There will always be an answer. Just think about all the innovations, planes that fly, trampolines that make you bounce so high, technology at the tip of your fingers and light that glows so bright.

Something to do that really help when you’re angry, sad, stuck, or annoyed are to go to a happy place. I know that some of my friends have a happy place in their room or outside, whether it is full of fluffy cushions, or just bathed in sun light, grass and fresh air. A happy place doesn’t just have to be at your house, it could also be a park on bench or maybe at a court to play netball, basketball or any sort of sport.

So remember to appreciate, think that you’re possible and strong, and nothing will bring you down. 

HAVE YOU VISITED OUR ONLINE STORE?

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A quick reminder that PowerShot is selling caps to all. Place your order now. They are $30 dollars each, super good quality and great for the outdoors.

TREMENDOUS TESTING

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PowerShot App has now come to the stage of testing. We have been testing by one person filming, another measuring the speed, and finally someone recording the speeds down. This data will help make the app more accurate. This is because we didn't use the app to test we used another expensive device that measures the speed when you kick. It measure by sending out a beam, and making it bounce back off the ball and then coming back to the device, with the speed. Though this machine was expensive. PowerShot App will be much more affordable. Testing has been going good so far. But we also need your help, not relating to testing. We want to to take five minutes to do our online survey, activated via Survey Monkey. The survey will ask you for feedback and will record the data. This data will help make us make the app better for our PowerShot Peeps.

POWERSHOT INVITED TO SPEAK AT HIGH SCHOOL!

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It was in the second period of the day. I was asked to do a talk to a group of Grade 7's who were doing innovations, the teacher (Mrs Whipp) wanted me to explain the process of becoming an entrepreneur and what sacrifices you may need to make. I spoke for about 10 to 15 minutes on how we got the idea and where we got the idea. The students seemed interested in the talk and asked a few questions, some which was how long did you take to come up with the idea and how much it costs to go to a start-up weekend. Overall it was a great talk with the inventors of the future.

POWERSHOT INVITED AS THE INTERVIEW PANEL AT RAREBIRDS EVENT

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It was very nerve racking before we went up there. Jo Burston the, founder of Rare Birds interviewed us about our app and how we are getting on. There was a crowd there but not too many people. There were a lot of school kids there which was great and we got free breakfast. The event was great and I had a great time. We also got free movie tickets and a free advertisement in the PAKMag magazine when our app is released on the App Store. It was a great experience and I hope everyone else enjoyed it as well.

Creative Coding

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PowerShot has been a great journey so far, but one of the highlights have been coding. Jason Holdsworth and two of his JCU students, Jess McKenzie and Tyler Harris, have been coming into our weekly meetings at five o’clock and teaching us how to code. It has been a great experience, as we have learnt so much.

 

I have especially enjoyed this experience. Since I was the only girl power of PowerShot, it was great to have a girl mentor! Jess McKenzie has inspired me to code. Jess puts all her time and effort into creating coding booklets that we can follow, and make a cool app. The whole team has learnt lots, and we are all inspired to code in future reference.

Jessica, PowerShot

 

Success @ Tropical North Qld Innovation Awards

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On Wednesday the 16 November 2016 we were privileged to be apart of and a finalist in the Tropical North Queensland Innovation Awards. The award that we were finalists in was the peoples choice award, but we did go to the top three in Mayors Choice Award, but unfortunately didn’t win overall in that category, but just being there was fantastic. My school Smithfield State High School won an award because of their partnership between Trinity Beach State School and JCU.

One of the main highlights for me was when James O’Loghlins did his talk. Many of the things he said was very interesting and important. Also listening to his stories of others our age doing amazing things. One of the stories was about a boy in America who saved his school thousands a year by simply the font of writing the smallest and simplest to save ink. We were privileged that we got to meet him and get a copy of his book!

Hamish, PowerShot

 

PowerShot in the Media

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Going Public Again:

It was really nerve-racking the first time Cory went on to the radio, but after that it didn’t really scare him because he had lots of confidence. Going onto the TV wasn’t scary at all because it was pre-recorded and they took lots of takes so it could be perfect. Newspaper wasn’t as hard as Jess and Cory thought because they just asked you questions and you had to answer. Taking the perfect photo was the biggest challenge, because it needed to be the right angle and be in focus.

 

New PowerShot Project:

The team has recently introduced and YouTube channel. It shows off what happens behind the scenes or just random ideas we get. Also we will do some serious video on the YouTube channel, like our pitch. We set it up as another type of marketing but also as a way for us to learn how to edit videos. We would really appreciate it if you could subscribe to our channel as well because it will really help us out a lot. https:/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-VWfFRiIc0WnWsXWi7gZfw

 Click Up There to Go to Our Channel and Subscribe

 Cory, PowerShot


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