Mekanism has recently turned to the NY Tech Meetup (NYTM) as a way to stay on top of new technologies and emerging experiences, enabling us to produce the best creative for our clients and support the hard-working pioneers of the NY tech scene.
For those of you who have no idea what the NY Tech Meetup is, here’s a quick explanation: Each month 10 emerging companies are invited up to give a 3-5 minute demo of their products. After every 3 presentations, there is an audience Q&A. As a special segment of each Meetup, there is the Hack of the Month, celebrating disruption using technology.
At the May NYTM, we caught a glimpse of a lot of cool platforms and experiences being crafted. Here’s a list of who we saw, what we learned and the key takeaways:
EndlessTV: The start screen app for video
What is it? A phone app that downloads videos from your subscribed-to channels, serving you mindless entertainment at all times of the day.
How does it work? A slick interface allows you to subscribe to video content providers like Buzzfeed, TMZ and ESPN, and gives you the ability to “surf through your channels” and watch the latest video posts..
The app is so focused on keeping your eyes dry, it runs in the background when connected to WiFi. Downloading up to 30 mins of video at a time, you can keep watching while your train is underground or you’re stuck on a raft in the middle of the ocean.
Get it here: http://endlesstv.com/
Pagevamp: Create your website, in one click
What is it? A CMS powered by your Facebook page.
How does it work? Pagevamp allows you to create a website quickly by pulling in content from a Facebook page. By adding a fan page URL to the site, it provides a selection of templates that will display all the fan page’s content.
Super simple and brilliant for small business owners. Facebook becomes your site’s CMS and any fan page updates are reflected on your Pagevamp site.
Create your page now: http://www.pagevamp.com/
Poncho: Simpler weather service with a personality
What is it? A daily personalized weather update sent to your email or phone via SMS.
How does it work? Poncho aggregates weather data from several sources, looking for commonalities across geographical region. Similar regions live in a spreadsheet. A copywriter creates personalized updates for weather in your area, and they’re sent right to your inbox or phone.
Additionally, Poncho aggregates public transportation and allergy information that pair with special partnered discounts. You can set the frequency and delivery protocol to receive your updates based on your personal habits.
Start getting weather updates: http://poncho.is/settings/
Stray Boots: A fun experience that’s part scavenger hunt, part tour.
What is it? A web app that allows you to create a personal map of areas you love to share with friends and family.
How does it work? Stray Boots leverages Google Map’s API to let you drop pins on a map for locations you want to showcase and share with friends. With each location, you can comment on what’s good about that location. The experience also pulls in information like ratings and user reviews.
What sets this site apart from others is the simple experience paired with quick sharing for friends and family.
Create your own maps: https://www.strayboots.com/
HACK OF THE MONTH: Heat Seek NYC
What is it? A temperature monitor for low income families in NYC.
How does it work? The guys at Heat Seek NYC have created a way to help low income residents combat the landlords who are turning the heat down. A recording device takes a temperature reading every hour. The data is collected and compared to a database of external temperatures recorded at the tenants’ locations.
This generates a graph that can highlight how many times the landlord is in violation of providing adequate heat to their tenants. This data is needed to prove to the City of New York that the landlord is in violation.
Check them out here: http://heatseeknyc.com/