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  • Blog Post: The Kinect Accelerator is hitting the road – Final Schedule Released

    We have been overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of ideas – hundreds of applicants ready to take their project and turn it into a successful business with the help of the Kinect Accelerator . The recent announcement that the Kinect for Windows hardware and accompanying software will be released...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Accelerator, Phase 1: MentorStars help the companies and themselves

    We are one-third of the way through the Kinect Accelerator. Through the first month of working with a great group of mentors, many companies have adjusted their business and technical strategies to line up with the best opportunities. Kinect development is challenging, so although it’s okay to...
  • Blog Post: Getting Into the Kinect Accelerator - Why Not Us?

    Letting hundreds of companies know that they didn’t make the cut is never fun. It’s tough telling entrepreneurs “no”, especially so many interesting ones all at once. For all practical purposes, these companies may perceive that they have been “rejected” by the Kinect...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Move-In day at the Kinect Accelerator

    Remember move-in day back in college? You wait in ten different lines, get all kinds of cards, passes, sign papers, see your room listed in some location you have never been before, and then you dash into your dorm room to get the bed by the window. That's what it's like here today at the Kinect Accelerator...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post from Robert Kapela, a Lead Mentor at the Kinect Accelerator

    During the last two months I’ve had the pleasure of mentoring some of the teams in the Microsoft Kinect Accelerator program. It has been an exciting period and the teams are now racing to refine their business models and presentations in time for Demo Day on June 28 th in Seattle. What has impressed...
  • Blog Post: Guest post from GestSure Technologies

    GestSure Technologies is happy to announce that we’ve been chosen as one of 11 companies to be invited to Seattle as part of Microsoft’s Kinect Accelerator, powered by TechStars. Having just arrived on the West Coast, we’re already thrilled to be working with Dave Malcolm and his...
  • Blog Post: New Kinect Applications Demonstrated at Microsoft’s Tech Forum

    Startups and big companies around the world are building some pretty amazing applications on the Kinect – especially with the launch of Kinect for Windows . Recently, Microsoft’s chief strategy officer, Craig Mundie , held Tech Forum, a gathering for tech journalists who want to see up...