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Collision Conference 2019: PITCH, BuilderStore and Akon

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Before heading to Cannes, we connected with the #buildergeneration of Toronto at this year’s Collision Conference. Here’s what happened!

To quote the Wall Street Journal, “Collision is where the giants of the web assemble. It’s the meeting point of the largest buyers and sellers of technology with the most disruptive emerging technology companies.” And Builder was front and center for every exciting moment.

The BuilderStore came to life

The BuilderStore was the hotspot for the #BuilderGeneration. Located in front of Center Stage, it was two stories of demo space where dreamers could learn how to bring their ideas to life via bespoke software–without ever writing a line of code.

We spec’ed out so many brilliant visions from empowered thinkers across the globe. One visionary in particular that decided to officially bring his idea to life with Builder? Artist and entrepreneur Akon, who came by to kickstart the development of an app that’s been on his mind. What do you think his next project will be?

Where did the BuilderStore idea come from? It started from a drawing. And then, it came to life with the help of Mirrored Media on the ground in Toronto. Find the starting demo and the finished product below via our Instagram page.



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PITCH Happened!

Builder was also the sponsor of the annual PITCH competition in which 60 startups from around the world battled it out for the grand prize: a $30,000 CAD voucher to develop software of their choice with Builder, and $5,000 cash.

Two runners-up also received a $10,000 CAD voucher each towards a product build using Builder powered by Builder. Competition was fierce, and we heard some outstanding pitches, but when the smoke cleared, one dreamer stood victorious above the rest: Loliware!

Check out the winner being revealed below.

The PITCH winner

Founder Chelsea Briganti, of Loliware called winning PITCH a tremendous honor. Her pitch was indeed strong as it was purposeful. The company is dedicated to reduce the continuing environmental impact of single-use plastic straws on our planet. Why? These plastic straws have become a nightmare for marine life in our oceans around the world, and Loliware has taken their inspiration from those oceans in order to alleviate the problem.

Using super-sustainable seaweed, Loliware has created hypercompostable, 100% plant-based straws that are designed to disappear. Their goal is to bring the planet closer to a dream of #PlasticFreeOceans. And #CollisionConf did their part to keep that dream alive. Loliware’s biodegradable straws were used by all of our Night Summit partners. We’re excited to see what Loliware can create with the help of and Builder!

Overall, Collision was a huge success for all involved, and we can’t wait to do it all again at Web Summit 2019 (let alone CogX and NOAH Berlin just to name a few). Meet us there, and bring your best PITCH!

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