Got a legal dispute within your workplace? Soon there could be an app for that.
An app that would give workers access to legal resources won the 54-hour Startup Weekend Pittsburgh hackathon Sunday night in Allentown.
Do Process would give workers access to resources and knowledge they need to stand up for themselves in the workplace when faced with discrimination, harassment or a potential worker’s compensation case. As founder and attorney Kevin Tucker explained it, Do Process would serve as a kind of union steward for workers who have no such protections at their place of employment.
That was the nature of all the pitches at Sunday night’s final round: finding a problem or pain point and seeking a creative and viable way to solve it. Unlike past weekends, this group was made up mostly of newbies who hadn’t been through the process or part of a Startup Weekend previously.
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Startup Weekend is a worldwide entrepreneurial movement that helps startup wannabes learn the basics of founding and launching a company. Part of the Seattle-based Techstars organization, there are Startup Weekend events in 100 countries and 580 cities. Sunday night concluded the sixth Startup Weekend Pittsburgh.
Judges for the final pitch presentations included Ilana Diamond, managing director of AlphaLab Gear, Phil Laboon, CEO of Eyeflow Internet Marketing, Don Morrison, chairman of BlueTree Allied Angels’ Deal Flow program, Emily Keebler of Kiva City Pittsburgh and Courtney Williamson, CEO of medical device company AbiliLife.
For their successful pitch, Do Process wins consulting services from events sponsors ClearMind Consulting, Community Elf, Eyeflow Internet Marketing and the Thrill Mill business incubator program, as well as the chance to pitch at a screening meeting at BlueTree Allied Angels. They’ll also get six months of coworking space at WorkHard Pittsburgh in Allentown.
The contest’s second prize went to Beer Sleuth, an app which would crowdsource craft beers by location, so users could find the bar closest to them serving their favorite beer. Third prize went to SYLA, Support Your Local Artist, which would help artists get exposure to paying clients and gigs.
Other pitches included:
Forge: An app that would help college students connect with others who want to participate in similar activities.
Coffee Pay: An app that would let users pre-pay for coffee at local coffeehouses.
WhyBuy: A company that would facilitate short-term rental of used furniture.
Safe Me: A safety patch for women that would trigger help if activated by biometric measurements indicating distress or an imminent attack. This startup was voted the crowd favorite.
Feel: A wearable device for children with autism to help them better express their emotions.
Tugether: An app to facilitate contributions and involvement in charitable causes.
At the end of the event, organizers opened the early-bird ticket sales for Startup Weekend Pittsburgh Women, which will be held at AlphaLab in March.