February 24-26 marked Dallas’ first annual BeMyApp event, a mobile app design and development competition. Idea generators, developers, and designers of all ages and skill levels collaborated to create a functioning app in just 48 hours.
On Friday evening, 17 people pitched their ideas in 60 seconds to the designers and developers. The top six were chosen by vote and thus began the race to complete the apps.
The ideas were varied in premise, complexity, and execution; including mobile games, health analytics, and music and news aggregators with heavy social media components.
The teams developed their ideas on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone until Sunday evening, when they presented their ideas to a panel of judges. The winning ideas were a mix of beautiful design and execution.
Haikus, for the Win
The first place winner, HaikuBrew, created a sleek interface for creating haikus using Facebook social integration. The haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven and five.
HaikuBrew allows you to write the first line of the haiku and pass it on to a friend to write the second line. The friend either sends it to another friend or back to you to finish.
Two UT Dallas students, John Watson, and Rodivic (Rudi) Garcia, were among the HaikuBrew team. John graduated from UT Dallas in 2005 with degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science. Rudi is currently a graduate student in Arts and Technology.
Nick Gottlieb, a Dallas techpreneur and a web contractor for The Dallas Morning News, pitched the idea for the app. “We all have day jobs and we’re working nights to try to get this launched as a free app at South by Southwest,” said Gottlieb. Haiku Brew is the team’s first mobile app.
Dallas and Beyond
After the winner from each city was picked, they then were pitted against each other in a 48-hour online vote for the winner of the 2012 Mobile App Olympics. Dallas ranked second in the global competition, with first place going to Kinvolved from New York. The top three winning teams were rewarded with prizes and are expected to have apps available shortly.
BeMyApp attracts those who are truly passionate about ideas and flawless execution. Amidst the chaos and the pressure to complete a working app in such a small amount of time, those involved are dedicated to the cause they chose, and to their practiced discipline; whether it be design or development or leadership.
The competition was held simultaneously in Dallas, New York, San Francisco, Berlin, London, and Paris. About 700 people participated worldwide.