If you're like most college students we know, you'll be headed for a few weeks of downtime now that the academic year is winding up. But what are you going to do over the summer if you don't have your internship at Google or Goldman already lined up?
Here's one idea: enter the Lean Investments Summer 2012 App Challenge. It's a startup contest with a difference: instead of being judged on Powerpoint slides or a business plan, you're being asked to actually build something over the summer: a web or mobile app that's really useful (yup, it's a wide as that).
The challenge is being run by Lean Investments, the seed VC fund that's the vehicle of Tim Jackson, one of Europe's leading tech entrepreneurs, investors and commentators. And the prize is a package of cash investment, office space, mentoring and funding introductions.
There's one more twist to the story: what if you have a great idea but you don't write software, or if you're a genius developer but you don't have an idea? No problem. The guys at Lean allow you to register your interest, and they'll matchmake to help you team up with someone who has the skills you don't have.
The only drawback? Once you get drawn in, you may not get much of a tan this summer. But if you're planning to be the next Mark Zuckerberg, maybe you'll have time to go to the beach later on in life...
McMansion Hell is a hilarious blog where Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute graduate student Kate Wagner posts scorching critiques of the architecture of McMansions — but this week, Wagner announced that she had shut down her blog after spurious legal threats from Zillow, which admits that it doesn’t even hold the copyrights to the images it […]
The Flux chair is a $130, 12lb “origami-style” polypropylene lounge chair designed by Douwe Jacobs; it sets up in minutes and is stable and lovely (there’s also a $65 kids’ version and a whole range of furnishings including a bar, coffee table, countertop, end-table, etc). (via Yanko Design)
The first time Merle Rasmussen played Dungeons & Dragons, he thought it was a Halloween game.
“It was October 1975, and I was an 18-year-old freshman at Iowa State University. My roommate got this game filled with skeletons and undead monsters. I had no idea.” The role-playing bug had bitten him, but fantasy wasn’t his genre. So that same year, he started writing a game set in a modern world, the spy game that would become Top Secret.
Despite the upfront cost, electric toothbrushes are much better at removing plaque than those freebies from the dentist’s office. For those who struggle to fill the American Dental Association’s recommended two minutes of brushing time, or anyone with limited dexterity, a sonic toothbrush can give your oral care routine a boost.To keep your chops healthy […]
Learning a new language will give your resume an upgrade, sure, but it will also provide a huge cognitive boost for mental tasks outside of translation and conversation. Bilingual brains have been shown to be better at handling multiple concurrent tasks, and gaining fluency in a new tongue is an amazing way to improve memory, […]
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider replacing your pillows before dropping hundreds on a new mattress. You can give your tired neck a break with a 2-pack of memory foam pillows, available now in the Boing Boing Store.Each of these pillows is stuffed with cooling polyurethane foam that molds to your […]