In September 2014 Nadya pulled together a team of fellow U of M students for the Google Startup weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota to build the first smart water bottle prototype. In just 54 hours, they built a water bottle that tracked water intake and synced to a mobile app on a smartphone.
The product was well received - they won third place and people began asking when the water bottles would be available for purchase. That’s the moment they knew they were on to something.
The team worked evenings and weekends for 7 months before being accepted into the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator Program powered by Techstars. The program is a 3 month-long intensive on-site experience in Kansas City, MO in which 10 mobile-health companies selected from around the world received funding and mentorship to accelerate their businesses.
Now they reside in Boulder Colorado, where they are hard at work bringing the product to life, exploring the mountains, and staying hidrated.