Nexto @ TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield

Last month, Nexto was chosen to compete in TechCrunch Battlefield, a prestigious startup competition that takes place at TechCrunch Disrupt. Along with 14 other startups from around the world, we were selected to present our pitch in front of a jury of high profile investors and VC’s on the main stage of Berlin Arena.

During the last month, our team underwent a unique training process with the TechCrunch crew where we polished our product presentation pitch, our demo and our presenter skills. Last Monday, we successfully presented Nexto at TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin. You can watch our pitch here:

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Competing in TechCrunch Battlefield has been an amazing and extremely valuable experience for us. We are thankful to the TechCrunch team for selecting us and proud to join the ranks of Battlefield Alumni companies.

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Read more about Nexto on TechCrunch.

 

Nexto wins @ Booking.com Booster Lab!

Last weekend, Nexto team participated in the Booking.com Booster Lab event that took place in sunny Barcelona. The compact weekend programme is dedicated to giving early-stage startups the insights, tools and skills they need to grow and make a social impact.

It was an opportunity to connect and learn from the Booking.com experts from various fields. Under their supervision we produced a scaling roadmap for the upcoming year and learned how to set and measure the social impact our company is having. As the end of the programme, 11 participating startups pitched their products and companies to a jury of Booking.com judges for a chance to win grants up to 25,000€.

We’re proud to announce our pitch of Nexto was very well received and the jury awarded us with the highest grant of €25,000. We consider the reward as an acknowledgement that our product is going in the right direction and a validation of our mission to make heritage storytelling more exciting. We’re looking forward to the next 6 months in which we’ll be able to work with Booking.com mentors to refine our business model and scale our business.

We would like to thank the Booking.com and Booking Cares teams for putting together a wonderful, thought provoking weekend. We’d also like to congratulate to all participating teams. It was a pleasure meeting them all.

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Introducing: Nexto Guided Stories

Improving visitor engagement with heritage content has always been one of our key goals. We believe in the power of storytelling. When stories are well told, they have the ability to draw you in. Only well told stories are truly relatable, memorable and leave a lasting impact.

With that in mind, we’ve designed a new format for location based storytelling. Something that’s playful and exciting, yet still informative and simple to use. Something that drives your interest and motivates you to learn more. Something that’s more immersive and can make you feel like you’re a part of the story, when exploring a heritage destination.

Nexto Guided Stories are a new type of navigational experience, available on the Nexto Platform:

  • They use a familiar conversational interface to tell the story gradually, at a pace that feels right to the user.
  • With the use of audio, visual and augmented reality elements they are able to bring historic characters to life and offer a unique glimpse to the past.
  • By solving puzzles, riddles and mini-games user can collect points and other rewards that drive the engagement and interest with the location further.

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Nexto Gudied Stories are a highly flexible storytelling format that is suited for all kinds of destinations. It can be used to tell immersive and complex stories as well as build exciting scavenger hunts, quests and escape room types of experiences. It’s available now on our CMS, where you can start building your own in just a few steps. No coding required, just your imagination.

Contact us to enable Nexto Guided Stories in your account or if you want to learn more.

 

Introducing: Guided Tours

Guided tours have a new look. You are now able to connect points of interest in a linear sequence and create routes on the map of your destination. You visitors will be able to navigate through the designated paths smoother and easier.

Guided tours are clearly marked in the app. You can create as many of them as you wish. You can label them with an approximation of their duration or have them locked and offered to your visitors as premium, payable content.

 

Nexto at Ljubljana Castle

The Ljubljana Castle, one of most popular tourist attractions in Slovenia has joined the Nexto platform. By utilizing Bluetooth beacon technology, the castle now offers a unique hands-free audio tour experience, that will guide visitors through the history and secrets of this mighty fortress. Rich multimedia content, clearly marked maps and the support for over 10 lanugages, make Ljubljana Castle one of the best Nexto experiences so far.

 

Nexto doživetje Svetlobne gverile

Te dni v Ljubljani poteka 16. mednarodni festival Svetlobna gverila. Od 16. maja do 18. junija si lahko na različnih prizoriščih ogledate več kot 30 umetniških inštalacij in svetlobnih intervencij na letošnjo temo “Narava”.

“Številne umetniške intervencije, predstavljene v sklopu festivala, tematizirajo in raziskujejo različne pomene, ki jo ima narava za človeka v sodobni družbi. Narava je namreč že od nekdaj navdihovala umetnike, ti pa se dandanes ne zadovoljijo več zgolj z njenim upodabljanjem, temveč se s pomočjo najsodobnejših tehnoloških orodij lotevajo tudi aktivnega raziskovanja njenih skrivnosti.”

V sodelovanju z organizatorji smo informacije o festivalu preneseli v aplikacijo Nexto in lokacije posameznih del jasno označili na zemljevidu. Na večernem sprehodu po mestu boste z Nextom v žepu tako vedno imeli priročen pregled nad vsemi svetlobnimi podvigi v vaši okolici in hiter dostop do njihovih opisov.

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Nexto app available in app stores

On the day of the launch event, we have published the Nexto app for iPhone and Android in app stores. As we are squishing some last bugs and getting ready ready for the tourist season, the application has already been downloaded by more than 500 users.

We have plans to upgrade and update the app with new features as we continue the development. You can always find the latest version on Google Play and App Store. We’d be really glad to hear your feedback and thankful for any good rates in the app stores you might give us.

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Predstavitev platforme Nexto v Narodni galeriji

16. maja smo v sodelovanju z Narodno galerijo uspešno izvedli dogodek “Kulturna doživetja prihodnosti”, na katerem smo javnosti prvič predstavili mobilno platformo Nexto.

Kot osrednji temi dogodka, so o sodobni interpretaciji dediščine in njenih izzivih na okrogli mizi spregovorili Marjeta Keršič Svetel, Verena Perko, Marija Skočir in Franci Zidar. Govorci so se strinjali, da nove tehnologije prinašajo mnoge nove, atraktivne načine, kako dediščino približati sodobnim, še posebej mlajšim obiskovalcem. Opozorili pa so tudi, da kvalitetna interpretacija kljub tehnološkemu napredku ostaja izziv, katerega se morajo institucije zavedati in jemati resno.

Veseli smo, da nam je uspelo združiti strokovnjake iz mnogih ključnih področij, povezanih z interpretacijo narave in kulture, ter da smo lahko prispevali h konstruktivnem dialogu na tem pomembnem področju.

Ob zaključku dogodka so obiskovalci imeli priložnost aplikacijo Nexto prvič preizkusiti tudi v živo na ogledu po Narodni galeriji, ki sedaj, opremljena z Bluetooth oddajniki, med prvimi v Sloveniji omogoča udobno prostoročno Nexto audio vodenje.

Vsem obiskovalcem se zahvaljujemo za udeležbo in vzpodbudne besede, ki ste nam jih namenili ob predstavitvi. Fotografije iz dogodka lahko najdete na naši Facebook strani.

 

Predstavljamo Nexto

Mobilna tehnologija je danes sestavni del naših življenj. Omogoča nam, da smo med sabo in s svetom povezani praktično kjerkoli se trenutno nahajamo. Pametni telefoni so zaradi svoje zmogljivosti in priročnosti postali vsestransko uporabno orodje, ki lajša vsakdanjik in spreminja načine kako ga doživljamo. Podobno kot je razširjenost mobilnih naprav že vplivala na mnogokatero dejavnost človeškega življenja, se zaradi bliskovitega razvoja tehnologije spreminja tudi naše dojemanje oziroma odnos do kulturne in naravne zapuščine.

Platformo Nexto razvijamo v času, ko morajo muzeji, galerije, gradovi, parki in drugi upravitelji dediščine za pozornost občinstva tekmovati z množičnimi mediji popularne kulture, spletnimi portali neskončne zabave in mobilnimi distrakcijami družbenih omrežij. V času, ko so finančna sredstva za delovanje tovrstnih institucij skrbno in skromno odmerjena. V času, ko so priročnost, enostavnost in dostopnost, zaradi pospešenega tempa sodobnega življenja, vitalnega pomena.

Nexto smo zasnovali kot platformo za pripovedovanje zgodb o naravni in kulturni dediščini lokacij. Vzpostaviti želimo nov, sodoben komunikacijski kanal, ki bi skrbnikom destinacij omogočal kar se da preprosto, a elegantno predstavitev svojih vsebin, njihovim obiskovalcem pa pomensko obogatil izkušnjo obiska. Povezati želimo razdrobljeno kulturno ponudbo lokacij po Sloveniji v enotno mobilno aplikacijo in tako povečati njihovo opaznost in dostopnost.

Verjamemo, da je kulturno doživetje najboljše takrat, ko se lahko uporabnik popolnoma vživi vanj, ne glede na medij ali tehnološko infrastrukturo preko katere jo konzumira. Uporaba platforme bo skrbnikom lokacij prihranila stroške nakupa in vzdrževanja namenske strojne opreme za predstavitev vsebin (npr. dragih sistemov avdiovodenja) in tako skrbnikom omogočila, da denar usmerijo v pripravo kvalitetnih in atraktivnih vsebin, s katerimi bodo navdušili svoje obiskovalce.

Mobilno aplikacijo Nexto nameravamo lansirati v sredini maja. Ponosni smo, da smo do sedaj k sodelovanju uspeli privabiti več kot 20 zagonskih partnerjev – muzejev, galerij in drugih kulturnih institucij po Sloveniji, ki bodo uporabnikom svoje vsebine ponudili že takoj ob izidu. Nexto platforma bo tako zaživela že pred poletno turistično sezono in prepričani smo, da bodo njeno vrednost hitro prepoznali tudi drugi varuhi dediščine in se nam pridružili pri gradnji te ambiciozne vizije.