As we mentioned earlier this week, the exchange of ideas and expertise at last week’s MoDevEast was excellent. A few friends who couldn’t attend got in touch to let us know they appreciated the overview, but they also gave us a little head-slap, saying, “Hey, how about telling us about some of the apps you liked?”
Let’s get right to it, here’s a breakdown of the Disruptathon finalists:
QUOTOGRAM – As they describe their app, it’s a simple and beautiful way to capture, organize, and share your favorite quotations online. Founder Kevin Dubbs produced one of the funniest quotes of the day as he described what made him develop the app, “You know what all the quote websites have in common? They are all really s#!tty!”
Share with 911 – The presentation was a little heavy for the lite mood of the Disruptathon event, but nonetheless a unique idea to help you share geo-location and images of an event with first responders so they are armed with more information to find you faster and be ready for what they are approaching.
Chicken Coop – a cool game by savvy apps where you’re trying to get a chicken back into its coop before wolfs and other predators get to it. The game is unique in that the chicken responds to your thumb motions, you don’t have to use any controllers or buttons. The creator made it look easy, but I’m guessing it will be a challenge to anyone else.
Playmaker Systems – This one was really cool, although the 2 minute presentation time limit presented a challenge to try and explain the practical use of the app and target audience. Looks like this will be useful to businesses who have been sold on the Playmaker Process as a way to shape strategy, policy and communications.
SynkMonkey – As they say ‘Making plans, made easy’, is a fresh solution to help plan, share and coordinate events with people in your social network. It syncs your calendar, chat, maps, and more to help keep everyone up-to-date and in sync for any event, big or small.
Vintage Radio – If you’re into old time radio this is an app for you. It has a nice easy to search catalog of shows, music, and special broadcasts from the time before TV.
Goodzer Local Shopping – Goodzer helps you find places to buy locally, whether you’re in your hometown or on the road. It reminded me of the barcode apps where you scan a barcode and it shows you places near you to buy these items and the prices. But Goodzer also ties in local restaurants so if you’re in Vermont and in the mood for a german doner burger and bier you can search those keywords and it’ll tell you where to go.
The Mashup App – This was an app that was presented pulled together all your data (videos, blog posts, tweets, etc.) from your social network into a single place to store your memories. Their message was you can’t take your memories with you, so best to store them in one place so they are easily accessible.
Framesocket – Framesocket provide an innovative video platform that helps companies that share videos draw traffic directly to their own website rather than pushing people to free video sites like YouTube. They drew the short straw and went first and I had difficulty presenting their solution in the 2 minute time crunch. But overall it’s a very disruptive app that I think will succeed if marketed to a broader audience.
FastCustomer – Despite some slide difficulties getting started FastCustomer presented their app and stole the show, literally, taking home top prize and almost all the other awards. Their app lets you call any service provider (insurance, mortgage, credit card, telecom, etc.) and not have to navigate the maze of dialing options and endless hold music. Simply tell it who you want to talk to (for example, “State Farm…Claim Status” then put the phone down, it’ll ring when someone (a human) on the other end is ready to talk.
And don’t forget . . .
Our 2012 Enterprise Mobile App survey. Share your predictions; you could win a Kindle Fire. Survey closes tomorrow, so get clickin’.