Firstly, congratulations to Voyage Control & PolySolar on winning Cohort One of the Cognicity Challenge. Thing is, even though KnowNow has not won the competition I can safely say we are already a Cognicity winner. How come? Simply having been part of this challenge KnowNow has already won so much. Has the challenge been worthwhile then? Hell Yeah!
KnowNow is a winner too!
Why? By entering the challenge KnowNow was given an an opportunity to stop talking about the kn-i app. KnowNow went and created it! Check out the beta version of our kn-i app here
kn-i Home Screen
i) This is browser only still (runs best on Chrome);
ii) new releases & builds occur occasionally so if not available first time please try again later.
My thanks to the KnowNow development team, Kevin, Tom & Connor for creating the app and platform. KnowNow would appreciate any feedback on the app tweet us @knownowinfo
Group photo of our cohort on week 1 of the challenge in January 2015
The kn-i Pitch
After 11 weeks on a start up challenge. One of the net results is a better pitch on what your product does and how you better sell yourself and what you do. On the 13th April, David & I got the chance in 5 minutes to pitch to Canary Wharf Group.
Here is that pitch including a few of the slides we used.
Apologies for the break in the blog cycle and the jump to week 11 from the last update way back on week 7. A personal saga has been my prime focus. However, loads has happened and we are now on the final stretch of Cognicity.
Week 8 was all about Interoperability. Plus we got to pitch to Sir George! Week 9 we should have met the client but missed the meeting. Week 10 we finally did meet the client. We are now on the final countdown gunning towards the finishing line.
Cognicity has been a hugely positive deal for KnowNow. A truly fab experience so far and you never know. We may even win it!
I am lucky in some respects in that I have seen some cracking sunsets. With the evenings getting longer photos like the one above will have to be taken later and later. Which is what I am expecting as KnowNow nears the finishing line for the Cognicity Challenge. I am sure KnowNow will be following a proud tradition of all IT projects of working late till the deadline!
This week saw us focus on pulling together a team of fellow Cognicters delivering a Interoperability point of view for a pending visit at the start of week 8 from Sir George Iacobescu (chairman of Canary Wharf Group). How that pitch went will be the subject of next weeks blog! Plus, I had a great session with Luis Lopes on a Business Model Canvas walkthrough on our Augmented Reality capability that we are demonstrating as part of the kn-i showcase.
The 4th week at Cognicity KnowNow saw us receive a number of visitors to our Level 24 office. Which amongst the many highlights led to a more developed cultural use case for the Docklands Museum. Plus we participated in a great product development workshop. More on that later in the blog. The challenge participants are embracing interoperability which is great news for the kn-i platform, the Cognicity Challenge and Canary Wharf. On a news note, David & I had a great discussion with our home city. Watch this space to see if kn-i will be landing in Portsmouth soon. Well by 2016 we hope!
From a challenge perspective we are a third of the way through. A great vibe is brewing on Level 24 as the teams settle into a pattern, helping each other out and starting to see how we will deliver a cool demo in 8 weeks! Check out the KnowNow Wall including our banner in the picture below. The second cohort starts on Monday. We the first cohort feel like veterans now the newbies are starting. Exciting times.
KnowNow was pleased to be in its local rag the ‘Portsmouth News’ this week which was great coverage for KnowNow and extends awareness of Cognicity down to the South Coast. Our 3rd week at Cognicity started with a highlight – a workshop session led by Mischa Dohler. It was a privilege to share stories, thoughts and ideas with Mischa for a morning.
This week also saw us entertain a few visitors too. It is great having such a cool work place. level 24 of One Canada Square. The view is to die for!
I spent most of last week at Level 24, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf. I was there because KnowNow has been invited to be one of the 12 start ups in the Cognicity accelerator hosted by the crew at Level 39. Level 24 is a new high growth start up space hosting the Accenture FinTech accelerator and 6 Smart Cities accelerators under the Cognicity banner. KnowNow will be in residence at Level 24 until at least mid April. If we win our Integrated Transport Challenge, then we will be at Cognicity for a lot longer!
KnowNow is at Cognicity to deliver the kn-i platform. The kn-i platform will tell you “What you want to know, when you want to know it, because kn-i knows where you are and who you are”. kn-i is all about enjoying the place you are in, at that moment in time. In essence kn-i will improve the experience for the Canary Wharf citizen whether they are a resident, a worker or a visitor.