As the summer rolls in, Silicon Alley is heating up (literally!) with tremendous innovation in the mobile app space. Everyday there are dozens of great tech meetups, many of which feature fantastic presentations by the creators of various apps. Last week, the Appular team had the pleasure of covering the NYC Mobile Forum for their May Mobile Demos event, hosted by the always awesome Amanda Moscowitz. This meetup is one of my favorite app demo meetups as it consistently features a great selection of apps, and this gathering was no exception.
– One of my favorites from the lineup was Ketchup!. An app that lets you make a list of plans that you want to do with your friends. Rather than trying to be a planning app with a calendar, it keeps your ideas open ended so it serves as more of a social to do list. Despite having only been in the app store for only a month, it already has some 20,000 users!
– Another great app from the demos included the new app for Aha Life. Aha Life is a luxury goods discovery tool. The app, despite not having a mobile native way to purchase the goods, is just as luxurious and beautiful as the items it is presenting, while giving you fun facts and surprises along the way. Definitely an app worth checking out.
– Additionally, a presentation by Moveable Feast was quite notable. Moveable Feast allows you to make or follow a multimedia tour. What exactly does that mean? Basically, you can pinpoint a route on a map with places to stop at along the way, adding photos and videos to those places. It could be used as a way to track what you did on a trip, follow a tour designed by someone else or even for events like a bar crawl or a scavenger hunt.
This is only a sampling of the demos from this one, action-packed meetup. I highly recommend you check out this meetup group next time around to see all the demos! However, this coming week has just as much mobile ‘app-tastic’ excitement flowing from this grand city.
– First up, this Tuesday is the Enterprise Tech Meetup featuring a demo from Nomi. Nomi is an app that allows retailers to use existing and loyalty e-commerce platforms on the mobile devices. Other enterprise tech demos at the meetup will include Sailthru and Floored. The Meetup will take place at Microsoft NYC, 1290 Ave of the Americas at 6:30 pm, June 4th.
– Next, the NY FinTech Startups will feature 3 really exciting demos and talks about mobile apps from NYC. iBillionaire should be a very interesting app to hear about if you want to learn from some of the richest people in the world. The app gives you up to date portfolio information about 10 billionaires including Warren Buffet, Carl Icahn and John Paulson so that you can learn from the leaders. It also allows you to create your own personal portfolio within the app. Dashlane will also be doing a demo. Dashlane is a password manager and secure eWallet. Users have been loving their experience with Dashlane and it was recently featured on Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New in 2012”! And finally, Refundo will also be making an appearance. I’ve also had the opportunity to see a demo from Refundo before and was quite impressed. Basically, Refundo is a new way to do banking. All of your banking is done using your phone. While it doesn’t have it’s own ATMs, it charges a reasonable fee of only $1.50 to use all other ATMs. With built in notifications and real time updates, it’s aiming to making making easier and more intuitive for the user. Catch all of these demos this Wednesday at Dechert LLP, 1095 6th Ave at 6:30 pm, June 5th.
– Finally, another great way to catch NYC mobile innovation will be to attend Startup Pitch Night. Startup Pitch Night expects to see 30-40 sixty second pitches, many of which are bound to be mobile apps. While the pitches/demos will be quick, it’s a good way to get an overview of what’s happening on the NYC tech scene and meet some interesting movers and shakers in the space. Catch the event at Jack Demsey’s on 36 West 33rd St at 6:30 on Wednesday night, June 5th.
Tech meetups are a fantastic way to stay on top of what’s happening with mobile apps in Silicon Alley. This is just a small sampling of what’s been happening in the city lately, but if you can’t be there, I’ll be making every effort to fill you in!