Whurk has been steadily growing its college student “whurkforce” over its first school year and now has reps on more than 3,000 college campuses. The Bend startup, which aims to innovate campus rep programs for brands, has also grown its client list to include some local favs such as Hydro Flask and Straw Propeller, as well as Clif Bar, JLAB Audio, Uber and more.
More than 150 people turned out Wednesday evening for the first MapNight, organized by BendTECH, the city’s tech-focused coworking space. The goal was to offer people working with and interested in GIS a chance to meet others, learn about Bend GIS companies and generally geek out over mapping software.
The Bend Venture Conference doled out $620,000 in investments and awards last month, but ensuing side deals have pushed the total investment figure to $877,500, Economic Development of Central Oregon reports.
The Computer Science program at OSU Cascades is looking for software professionals who are interested in teaching comp sci courses. Program director Marc Rubin notes that this is a great way to meet students for internships and/or future employment. And who knows, you just might change a few lives in the process.
Do you want the chance to win money for exercising, eating healthy or even sleeping? KrowdFit, a Bend-based fitness tech startup, has created a wellness reward program that offers cash prizes — with winners drawn at random — to participants.
At the ThunderCross cyclocross race this past weekend, a man — a hero — rode the entire race in a gigantic giraffe costume. He could have made that giraffe head three-feet high and it would have still been awesome. But he made it 10-feet high. He aimed higher. Went bigger. Didn’t let the reality of racing with a humongous, cardboard giraffe costume keep him down.
As Eating Season — otherwise known as the holidays — rapidly approaches, it seems only fitting that our next #50startups incorporate both food and technology. Lisa and Jim Sipe created the FoodFu cooking competition app after playing their own version of Chopped with their family over Christmas. The app launched in August and now the Sipes are focused on expanding the FoodFu brand with new cocktail and plating apps.