An app allowing people to share calendars with friends and family won the top prize at the first ever Maui Startup Weekend, held May 16-18 at the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei. The app, called TabTop, was the idea of two California residents visiting Maui for their vacation who said they read MauiTime‘s May 15 story on the event and decided to sign up.
“TabTop was built from scratch during the weekend by Tam Thao Pham and Adam Tait, a couple on Maui for vacation from San Francisco, who just happened to see an article about Startup Weekend in Maui Time Weekly and decided to show up and register on the spot,” stated a May 21 Maui Startup Weekend press release.
Maui Startup Weekend is one of many such events held in cities and towns all over the world. All just 54 hours long, they allow programmers, engineers and just people with ideas to thrash out possible business opportunities. Maui’s version was organized by Arben Kryeziu, Bump Networks founder and co-founder of the mbloom startup incubator fund.
As a result of their win, TabTop now has the chance to raise up to $50,000 from investors registered on CrowdAlliance, a “a web-based technology platform that enables accredited investors to view and subscribe to private investment offerings posted by issuers who seek funding for growth in their respective markets,” according to the company.
“In addition to the potential network benefits of platform membership, the TabTop.co will also receive technology services and transaction support to aid in their offering campaign that are typically beyond the bootstrapped budgets of lean startups, such as investor accreditation services, access to escrow services, as well as customizable data room and marketing/communication functionality,” stated the Maui Startup Weekend press release.
Startup Weekend officials say other contenders included “a game named Colossal Rift, an innovation in footwear from Kingetics, a plan for coworking spaces, a travel idea called Destination Hui, a solar water collection idea from Maui Water Solutions, a 360-degree camera idea from Spatial Imaging, a job matching concept called BeeFree and a locally sourced ketchup product called Jars of Paradise.”
Photo of Adam Tait and Tam Thao Pham: Bryan Berkowitz