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Education startup Questo wins Wellington Startup Weekend

Questo came out tops at Wellington Startup Weekend last night with its educational gaming platform that aims to boost student motivation, winning a package that includes $10,000 of advertising on TradeMe, business services from MYOB, and three months at coworking space Biz Dojo.

Questo also grabbed the Kiwi Landing Pad prize, which consists of return airfare and four weeks accommodation in San Francisco for one person to attend the Kiwi Landing Pad Catapult programme. The award was given at the judges' discretion to an idea that was scalable in the US market.

The runner up was Mia's Ideas/LookBooks, a marketplace for buying and selling used event decorations, receiving $250.

My Cancer Experience, connecting cancer sufferers with cancer survivors, scored an honourable mention.

The Mix & Mash Open Data Prize – $500 plus a $500 Prezzy card, the opportunity to present at the Digital Earth Summit – for an idea that uses at least one open data source found on data.govt.nz, and contributes to environmental or social good in some way, was not awarded and will be carried over to Palmerston North Startup Weekend next month.

All up, 15 new startup teams were formed over the weekend.

Wellington Startup Weekend teams

Big Label –  A comprehensive dataset of product information that is accessible for consumer mobile apps

BookSee – A better booking back-end for B&Bs

Findaspace – Online platform for business venues, finding a casual meeting space.

FlatMe – Making hunting for flats and flatmates an easier experience

GigsandMore – Creating connections between bands and venues for better gigs

Keen Beens – Smartphone/web app to connect people and activities with like-minded people and activities nearby

Look Books – Buy and sell pre-loved party decor online.

PosterTrails – Adwords for posters, scannable event posters, street side booking interaction

Questo – Providing an education platform as a teacher's aid to increase student motivation for completing their homework – a parent-friendly platform for educational gaming

Siiza – An easy measurement system to make sure you always have the right size when you order clothes online – storing users' key apparel measurements

My Cancer Experience – Connecting cancer sufferers with cancer survivors

Tap Shop Cook – The app that inspires you to easily go from meal idea, to shopping list, to cooking

Who To Fund – A way for corporates to get stakeholder input into charity support strategies

Nerves Free – Interview simulator to practice interviewing skills, with crowdsourced feedback engine 

reJIG – We can improve your home for less – online consultation to evaluate and improve the way your home works

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