This past weekend, Sinch took on New York at The Next Web Hack Battle, and New York hackers delivered! With seven submissions that used Sinch, it wasn’t easy to pick a winner. We decided to award two prizes – “most useful” and “most fun.”
For this prize, we chose a hack titled FailMeNot. FailMeNot has two main use cases:
1. Simple: run a database backup and text me when it is done (since it may take a long time)
2. Advanced: back up the database and then run a potentially dangerous SQL statement. Text me if anything goes wrong.
We love that FailMeNot uses SMS for their urgent warning system, since it appears to be the fastest way to get a hold of people these days.
For this prize, we chose a hack title FoodLoop. This is essentially Tinder for finding restaurants, but it actually helps you pick one restaurant and get your friends to meet you there. It starts out with pictures of food based on the preferences you’ve selected (price, location, cuisine)
Once you’ve swiped right on 5 food pics, it will prompt you to narrow it down to one. After you’ve picked your favorite, you have the option to send and SMS inviting a friend to that specific restaurant to eat with you!
Overall, we think this is a fun and engaging way to find and actually eat at new restaurants!
Some other hacks that used Sinch include a website that allows you to interact with plants before you buy them, a personal email assistant named Rupert, and a chrome extension that turns every phone number on a page into a clickable link.
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