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  • Lokus Digital | Redefining Reality
    a robot from the future Latest news Jamming with Lokus Digital How about making a game in 48 hours From scratch Well that s what we and about 10k other developers did last weekend This crazy event was Global Game Jam It as about games games and games And fun There are hundreds of places around the world hosting this event Our locale was in Turku At Week after the Sauna It has now been one week since the demoday of Startup Sauna That was quite an event Indeed it was the biggest demoday in whole Europe a sign of the progress of startup scene in Finland Some 500 people attended Having attended Founder s Showcase in the Valley I can safely that our standards were Lessons in the States We had just started in the Startup Sauna when it was time to leave for the States In a way it was sad but new adventures were waiting Quite suitably the last sessions at the Sauna was about networking A skill that would definitely come in handy on the trip There was a lot to From Prague to Helsinki Mini Seedcamp Prague was an amazing event With nearly two dozen startups bristling with energy and nearly 70 mentors with a combined experience of more than a thousand years you probably can guess by now that it means something remarkable Before the main event we had pitch training and a possibility to get to Seedcamp Prague Coming Up After the successful day of Startup Sauna Warmup we applied also for Mini Seedcamp Prague Seedcamp is an early stage micro seed investment fund and mentoring programme which has been called a global answer to Y Combinator http www forbes com sites parmyolson 2011 04 15 seedcamp a global answ Our application managed

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  • Lokus Digital Data Analysis | Lokus Digital
    to success Decisions based on accurate information are far more likely to be good or even optimal With the right information a company can improve their products know their customers and drive their sales Much of the data relates to networks of people be it customers guests or potential threats Network analysis can reveal valuable information on the people and links between them Based on the found groups it is easier to create profiles of these segments The information can lead to decisions like ruling out untrustworthy clients or targeting certain segment with advertisement In the presence of information gut feeling loses its glory Credit risk is a major issue for many companies Depending on their position and securities unscrupulous customers might cause serious drain on earnings Purchase history customer behaviour and all accumulated data can be processed for the information on credit worthiness These methods can be further worked on to produce predictions on future behaviour further reducing possible losses Credit services also attract scammers and fraud Suspicious behaviour must be dealt swiftly to prevent serious losses This is possible by working through the data on both normal and fraudulent customers Risk management can take many forms In many

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  • Lokus Digital Games | Lokus Digital
    Origins of Life is a minigame about recreating the birth of life starting from cold dark space The project was order by the European Astrobiology Campus Nuke Commander Take the role of a runaway Nuclear Defense AI and unleash thermonuclear destruction on a global scale Tap the screen to launch Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles and MIRV warheads and defend yourself against counterattacks Devise attack strategies based on political affiliations and unlock

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  • Blog | Lokus Digital
    the States In a way it was sad but new adventures were waiting Quite suitably the last sessions at the Sauna was about networking A skill that would definitely come in handy on the trip There was a lot to Leave a comment From Prague to Helsinki Posted on 1 11 2011 23 7 2015 by Jaakko Vainio Mini Seedcamp Prague was an amazing event With nearly two dozen startups bristling with energy and nearly 70 mentors with a combined experience of more than a thousand years you probably can guess by now that it means something remarkable Before the main event we had pitch training and a possibility to get to Leave a comment Seedcamp Prague Coming Up Posted on 19 10 2011 23 7 2015 by Jaakko Vainio After the successful day of Startup Sauna Warmup we applied also for Mini Seedcamp Prague Seedcamp is an early stage micro seed investment fund and mentoring programme which has been called a global answer to Y Combinator http www forbes com sites parmyolson 2011 04 15 seedcamp a global answ Our application managed to convince the referees and we are in the contest The application process was far Leave a comment Lokus Digital heading for Startup Sauna Posted on 16 10 2011 23 7 2015 by Jaakko Vainio After the demoday of Summer of Startups Turku we felt it was a time for a small pivot We had been working hard to get an early playable prototype for the demoday and we did have one for the day For various reasons we decided to switch to using Unity 3D This new choice Leave a comment Academia vs Entrepreneurship Posted on 29 7 2011 23 7 2015 by Jaakko Vainio All the founders of Lokus Digital originate in the academia Needless

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  • Jamming with Lokus Digital | Lokus Digital
    to platformers However our weapon of choice was space combat And mathematics We would make a space combat game inspired by super melee in Star Control with the possibility of changing the topology of space That is dilstorting the space into different shapes The effect should be mind blowing and playing with reality Enter Torusboros We would be using Unity 3D for development as we have been using it already and it provides a quick way to test what you have It also provided us with physics that would be used for gravity We just needed to make the topology changes weapons multiplayability background Easy huh One of the challenges was that we were missing a dedicated graphic artist Well it only takes a versatile theoretical physicist and a pile of tutorials We were also happy to find that the multiplaybility options in Unity are pretty good A couple of short nights some beer and Starcraft later we were uploading the game and running to see what the other teams had conjured Even though the game was by no means finished it was playable and did not even look that bad We even managed to hack a demonstration with USB

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  • Week after the Sauna | Lokus Digital
    ideas on the direction of taking our games and the idea of building the technology and story for the bigger game incrementally Also the idea of targeting core gamers got support from the investors At this point we were not really looking for money but feedback and getting on the radar When we have the big beta out and the numbers are right we need to expand fast and that is the point we need the money for Working hard through the last night we got our first game Nuke Commander on Android Market for the morning As Apple has their revision period the iOS version could not make it But this meant that we could demo our first game on our booth with both Android and iOS And tell people to buy it From what we heard from people we reached the right feelings That is militaristic 80s retro and historical With that small sample our assumptions seemed to be confirming More downloads should give more assurance or trash the idea During the program we were told that we are the rock stars of today It was easy to live up to that image presenting your idea at Nosturi There were professional light and sound technicians available sold out event and a backstage with sponsored Ron de Jeremy rum Everyone had been working like crazy to get their presentations up for the challenge And everyone did The pitch was three minutes on the stage and some questions Compared to the first pitch training session the difference was enormous As it should be Wavesum was chosen to have the best pitch And they did If everyone else was LIKE a rock star have WAS a rock star 90 second rock song and a comment that they are not looking for

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  • Lessons in the States | Lokus Digital
    also some events for the whole group In the Bay Area we were joined by a group of people from Aalto ES In Boston we visited Techstars Dogpatch Labs and MassChallenge Each one was offering to some extent the same services to startups but had entirely different business models for themselves For our purposes Techstars was perhaps the most interesting as they have also been ranked as the best accelerator program in the States and the whole world for that matter MassChallenge was also interesting with the buzz of dozens of energetic startups in one floor of a skyscraper And by the way Boston had just had the first snow storm of the weekend something we had not yet seen in Finland The Bay Area was as busy as could be expected Everyone seemed to have something to do with startups The atmosphere was interestingly open and people seemed genuinely interested in what you are doing On checking Eventbrite and Plancast it was immediately clear that every day there were more events than you could attend My week in the Valley did not start too well The first meeting was on Monday at 10am I doubled the travel time given by Google Maps but found myself stuck in traffic with hope of being on time After that I knew better than to try the 101 in the morning Interstate 280 was the answer The next meeting went much better and I was also told that about one quarter of the meetings in general are cancelled due to traffic During the week I learned a great deal of networking how things are done in the Valley and met with a bunch of great people One of the most important lessons was that people are not that different The ideas and plans

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  • From Prague to Helsinki | Lokus Digital
    a 3 minute pitch is just 3 minutes The next thing to do for preparations was finishing the hit list and wish list We were given names of some of the mentors we were going to meet We would have three arranged mentoring sessions and two random ones For the last two sessions the mentors would pick the teams they wanted to mentor So it was about finding out their specialties to match the right questions for the right persons After that we took another look at the mentor list to find out which other mentors we would definitely want to meet For this LinkedIn is an invaluable tool The main event began with a keynote and the pitches Everyone had clearly practiced the night before as everything went smoothly Some of them like Qminder and Brand Embassy stood out as really great pitches The following five mentoring sessions were informative and intensive Our questions included community building finding smart money investors and which services to outsource After all the sessions and networking we were naturally exhausted Now the Mini Seedcamp is behind us and the Startup Sauna is starting And that is not the end of it Actually we

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