Volusion hit NYC this week for TechCrunch Disrupt, an exciting event full of hackers, entrepreneurs and startups. Read on to learn about some of our favorite finds at the conference, and find some inspiration for your own business!
Whew! We’ve had a whirlwind of a week. Volusion sponsored TechCrunch Disrupt this year, meaning we packed our bags and headed off to New York to experience an event full of the best and brightest in the tech world. Disrupt is one of the most highly anticipated technology conferences of the year, featuring a huge hackathon, startup launches, panels of special speakers such as leading venture capitalists, notable entrepreneurs and even celebrity guests.
We were so inspired by all the amazing startups that we held two Twitter giveaways during the event, providing seed money for hard-working entrepreneurs. Two winners received $1,000 each to further their visions.
Our first winner, @EricaSwallow, tweeted:
Out second winner, @LindseyCHolmes, tweeted:
Of course, there was no end to the array of impressive entrepreneurs, startups and hackers we encountered at Disrupt. The hackathon was a ton of fun – you can bet there was an abundance of energy drinks, pizza and beer to keep everyone going throughout the night. Over 1,000 hackers attended and in the end, 160 hacks were presented. The winner of the hackathon was Rambler, created by William Hockey, Zach Perret and Michael Kelly. It’s a web app that lets users view their credit and debit card transactions on a map. Very cool!
Startup Alley and Hardware Alley were also full of interesting new ideas. Here are some of our favorites:
Spontly: A new way to aggregate and share photos. Everyone in your group can sync and share to a single site that you all have access to, meaning everyone has one place to get all the photos from all participants from a single event.
Copy: This is the new, easy way to store, protect, and share your files. It keeps your computers in sync and makes your file available from anywhere (including mobile devices). Easily share with anyone, publicly or privately.
nextSociety: Made for people who “like to get the most out of their network,” this program allows you to aggregate all of your social networks and then group them by topic/interest. You can then communicate and find new people to add to your network via your current contacts.
French Girls App: This is really fun. The name is based on the line from the Titantic: “Draw me like one of your French girls.” You take a picture of yourself with the app and it’s shot out to the community. Think of it as Draw Something with people you don’t know… all drawing pictures of you.
Chef Sleeve: These are awesome cutting boards and cooking accessories that are built to work with your technology and keep them safe while cooking. (Example: cutting boards with built-in iPad docks!)
Fit Bark: Helping us humans be better pet parents, the fit bark monitors your dog’s activities and other data during the day. You can see how much exercise your pet is getting, how much they move during the day and shows you an activity/energy score –
Paddle You: We all know ping-pong has become a major craze in the tech and dev worlds (heck, we even have a ping-pong table here at Volusion HQ), so Paddle You is making customized ping-pong paddles.
Snap Zoom: A super awesome device that snaps onto your smartphone and allows you to mega-zoom in and still get really high quality photos. They just met their funding goal on Kickstarter!
Sobi – Social Bicycles: A bike sharing system – find, book, unlock and pay for the bikes via their app. These cool bikes are even equipped with solar charging panels.
Finally, we have to mention how incredible the speakers and panels were. It was so inspiring to witness so many brilliant minds in one place. Even celebrity Ashton Kutcher got in on the action – did you know that he’s a serious entrepreneur as well as an entertainer? He took the stage with Guy Oseary to discuss their A-Grade Investments venture capital fund.
Major thanks to TechCrunch for giving us the chance to sponsor such an exciting and innovative event. Seems like the sky’s the limit for what these entrepreneurs and hackers can dream up and then turn into a reality. We already can’t wait to see what Disrupt 2014 brings!
Happy selling (and hacking)!
-Adelle Rodriguez & Emily Teachout, Volusion