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Music app tops Welly startup weekend

The MusifyMe gamified piano app, which rewards your musical talent as you play, got the judges’ nod of approval at the Wellington Startup Weekend last night.

The new style of music tuition is open for free trial signups and plans to launch soon. Time in incubation and coworking spaces featured heavily in MusifyMe’s prize: the team won 10 days at the Biz Dojo, five days at Massey University’s Ecentre, five days at the Bio Commerce Centre in Manawatu and five days at Creative HQ in Wellington.

It also secured $10,000 advertising from Trade Me and a one year Xero account.

MusifyMe’s idea was closely followed by the judges’ second place pick, Need2Pee, a location-based app which shows people their nearest public ablutions. The app is working in a desktop version.

The judges were startup advisor and investor Rowan Yeoman, Mohawk Media managing director Helen Baxter and tech startup consultant Blair Scott. They also gave an honourable mention to Randall, software as a service for personal trainers.

Among the other ideas were Liftr, connecting volunteers and charities; and Opinion Compass, designed to help businesses decide where to focus their research. Another was Going My Way, aimed at making hitchhiking safer.

The organisers have already chosen education as the focus for the next event, scheduled for August.

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Amanda Sachtleben is an Auckland writer and social media type, who's also Idealog's former tech editor and business journalist.

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