Here's the coolest stuff we found at Temple's startup showcase - Philly


Apr. 22, 2016 9:33 am

Here’s the coolest stuff we found at Temple’s startup showcase

A digital photo printer, a bartender-turned-entrepreneur and bacon. Free bacon. Here's a dispatch from the school's first What IF Innovation Festival.

The startup showcase at Temple's What IF Innovation Festival on Tuesday.

(Photo by Albert Hong)

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At Temple’s What IF Innovation Festival startup showcase, Old City startup GoBabl cooked bacon and gave it away for free. Because, duh, “kids love bacon,” said GoBabl founder Earl Knight. It worked.

“Those are the kind of people that we really like to talk to because those are the people that will be our word-of-mouth,” Knight said.

GoBabl, a location-based social media analytics platform, exhibited outside by Temple’s Bell Tower alongside many Temple student startups, like Jesse DiLaura’s on-campus phone repair service RepairU and Chris Cotteta’s JOI Electronics that sells guitar pedals that double as light organs.

Temple alumni Joshua Hopkins and Travis Kniffin showed off their three hefty, handmade prototypes for a digital contact printer called Contacter that couldn’t help but draw in curiosity from passersby. (One prototype is currently being used at MIT and the other resides at the Tyler School of Art.)

Joshua Hopkins (left) and Travis Kniffin, both graduates of the Tyler School of Art, created digital contact printer Contacter.

Joshua Hopkins (left) and Travis Kniffin, both graduates of the Tyler School of Art, created digital contact printer Contacter. (Photo by Albert Hong)

The device takes digital images, whether it’s from the internet or your Instagram, and prints them out using the same chemical process of a darkroom print to produce an image with the same quality of tones you’d get from a traditional darkroom.


“What this allows you to do is get the quality of those prints without any of the hassle of printing in the darkroom, and you can also use digital images instead of just a film negative,” said Hopkins, who is currently working as a business intelligence developer at Jefferson.

Jung Park, a self-described “super, super senior” at the Fox School of Business, was catching students’ attention with the alcoholic theme of her company, Cocktail Culture Co.

In classes held at Old City’s Infusion Lounge, Jung teaches students how to make original cocktails. A bartender for around seven years in order to pay for school, Park started the business in December 2014 after noticing her patrons kept asking about the concoctions she was making.

Jung Park, founder of Cocktail Culture Co., gives lessons on how to make intricate cocktails based on her original recipes.

Jung Park, founder of Cocktail Culture Co., gives lessons on how to make intricate cocktails based on her original recipes. (Photo by Albert Hong)

“People wanted more complicated cocktails — it’s the satisfaction you get for building this super-cool thing that you had no idea about when you walked in,” said Park, who was a finalist at this year’s Be Your Own Boss Bowl, Temple’s annual entrepreneurship contest.

Nighttime brought the second and final portion of the festival with the lightning talks at Mitten Hall where local founders like Melissa Alam and Philly Startup Leaders president Brock Weatherup talked to aspiring entrepreneurs about everything from taking advantage of resources to collaborating.

What IF organizer Tim Mounsey said the organizing team is already in talks for a bigger festival next year.

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