Mclean, VA – Ten finalist squared off at the Gannett USA TODAY headquarters building for the Disruptathon Hottest Mobile Apps contest event where each presenter had five minutes to demo their apps while the 200+ member audience rated each using the Disruptathon Innovation Discovery mobile platform. The audience rated the quality of the presentation, app design, disruptive potential and also checked a ‘like’ button if the app was something they would likely use. At the end of the night, Airendipity, developed by Kevin Barrett of Kam Designs walked away with the most honors including the Hottest Mobile App Champion. The app, scheduled for release later this spring, allows an individual to write a thought on a paper airplane and then launch it in any direction they wish using the iPhone’s built in GPS. They can then track their plane’s flight around the world to see who else has seen it. When in the app, users see paper airplanes flying across their screens from others around the world who have launched them. They can tap on them to see where they are from and read the enclosed message. If they like the message they can click a heart button and place a sticker on the plane. Popular planes will become adorned in stickers. Airendipity also won the most liked, best design and best presentation honors. In addition to etched plaques for the honors, Airendipity also won an iPad2 sponsored by DC’s own PointAbout.
“I am totally honored to have won this event. I’d like to thank the attendees and Disruptathon for recognizing Airendipity as a unique and disruptive idea.” Said developer Kevin Barrett
OneNews, developed by OneNews, Inc. was rated as the most disruptive app of the evening. The app allows anyone with the iPhone to become a paid reporter by allowing the user to take photos and videos of newsworthy events and then uploading them to the OneNews servers. News outlets can then purchase the content and OneNews splits the money with the user. The app goes even further by allows news outlets to send a call out to app users when there is a news event that they want covered but can’t get a correspondent to. They’ll know which OneNews users are close by the event using the location of the app user.
“It was a great night of disruption at Gannett where every presenter put a lot of effort into making a great show for the audience” Said Pete Erickson, founder of Disruptathon
The next Disruptathon event will focus on disruptions in the media space. Date and location will be announced soon.