Monday, June 27, 2011

I want a NYC app that...

Great initiative from New York City with NYCBigApps!

New York City is challenging the public to share what apps they want for residents, businesses, and visitors. After 8 days running the challenge there's already more than 300 app ideas! It's amazing to see all the app ideas that people come up with.

Imagine if creating these apps was as easy as blogging about them :)

Well, it shouldn't be too hard actually, with all the nice Web APIs that are available out there now for search, maps, location, photos, shopping etc.

Let's look at the very first app idea submitted to NYCBigApps:
I want a NYC app that shows me all music instrument stores in NYC.

That one is actually pretty easy:
  1. Get your location, say NYC.
  2. Do a Google map search for music stores around that location.
  3. Size the map to 320 pixels to fit nicely on your smartphone screen.

After about 5 mins fiddling with this, here we go! Looks like a simple app, just a map with markers, not very fancy, but does the job.

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Wouldn't it be great if we could make it so easy to create mini apps that the public could finally unleash their creativity, take control and make their own apps in minutes as ideas come up?

With HTML5 becoming easier to use and more mobile friendly, we're getting closer to that dream every day!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are almost describing City Maps. Check it out, it's very cool: live, interactive and constantly being updated. Extremely helpful.

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