At last month’s Launch Hackathon, we were lucky enough to collaborate with numerous developers working on some awesome hacks, many of whom integrated Sinch to add real-time communications. You can see the full list of submissions to Sinch here, but we wanted to highlight a couple of the apps, and of course our prize winner!
EventWave is one hack project that definitely caught our attention. This project by RJ Garbowicz (@webtalkdotco) is aimed at making it easier to find people at a crowd. Instead of playing “Where’s Waldo”, EventWave uses a peer-to-peer intra-bluetooth network to ping nearby users and find them.
“EventWave is the first indoor/outdoor friendfinder that can literally walk you up to the people you want to find in any crowded event with built in peer-to-peer messaging.”
Garbowicz suggests this could be used for a number of different use cases such as networking and meetup events within a 300 feet / 91 meter radius. EventWave messaging works even when WiFi and cell coverage are out of range and has been optimised to use minimum battery life. Not bad for 48 hours work.
“EventWave accurately brings you face-to-face to anyone, anywhere, no matter the size of the crowd.” EventWave then uses Sinch instant message to help users chat with each other.
Haasith Sanka (@Scholarly_app) and the Scholarly team recognized the difficulty of finding tutors growing up due to pricing and availability. That challenge is exactly what they aim to solve with Blink Tutor, on-demand tutoring connecting tutors and students anywhere, anytime. The team added Sinch SMS verification to the app at Launch, and will be using it in the production version.
The traditional method of finding tutors is outdated and is riddled with problems. Instead of making clients find tutors, Scholarly flipped the equation by enabling tutors to find clients. Scholarly is the fastest way to find an available tutor. Likewise for tutors: Scholarly is a toolkit to help, find, and manage tutoring clients, an Uber for Tutors.
In addition to helping tutors and students find each other, Blink Tutor wanted to add collaboration features that would foster collaboration and productivity.
“We want to make it easy for tutors and student to communicate. We added tools like a calendar, uber, calling, and sending attachments, so that communication is seamless.”
Inspired by location based communication, Steffen Frost (@steffenfrost) and Carl Gorringe (@carlgorringe) knew they wanted to tie together geolocation and voice calling. After doing some research and talking to various people at Launch, they came up with PartyHeer (@partyheer), which enables users within a particular geofenced area to talk on an open voice channel. Organized by neighborhoods, users within that neighborhood can participate in this social network of sorts by simply listening in, or holding down a button to speak on the channel.
PartyHeer is excited for what’s to come, especially after experiencing such a warm reception to the idea at Launch. Now that they’re getting started, they’ve already mapped out a nice list of features they plan to add to the app, including allowing users to zoom out and join channels as large as their city, county, and even state, breakout channels by topic, and turn geofencing on or off when entering or exiting a particular area.
Because of their unique use of VoIP calling for location based communication, PartyHeer was the big winner of the Sinch prize! Congrats to Steffen and Carl! We’re excited to see what they do next.
Loved meeting so many innovators and talented developers. Always one of our favorite weekends, we can’t wait to see what happens at Launch next year!
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