— Appular is in the business of finding the best apps on the market, and we come across so many great apps that it’s easy to see why the industry has grown exponentially over the last few years. One of the cool apps we’ve recently found is YPlan. This sleek app helps people find what to do in NYC. Just sign in and the user gets a list of concerts, tours and other unique events and offerings around the city. The powerful app even allows people to book RSVPs or buy tickets for the events. It’s basically a one-stop-shop for people who want to do something, but who aren’t sure exactly what they want to do yet. Also, users can specify their interests, and YPlan will make suggestions based on what they like.
As an added bonus, you can support the local tech industry by downloading YPlan. Although they’re originally from London, the developers have set up an office in New York for the app’s foray into the American market.
Speaking of finding and attending great events, there are plenty of meetups coming up this week, and a few of our favorite kind — demo nights. These events give people the opportunity to check out upcoming apps, and attendees might even be seeing the next thing to take over the App Store. But before we go into what’s coming up, let’s see what had us excited last week.
Rob Blackwood and Raul Gutierrez - Tinybop
The good people at New York iOS Developer Meetup organized yet another great event, as Rob Blackwood (iOS developer) and Raul Gutierrez (founder) from Brooklyn-based TinyBop talked about the creation of their app, The Human Body. The app reached No. 1 on the free app chart two weeks ago and has still performed admirably as a paid app. The App Store recently created a Kids category (something we wrote about on our blog), and TinyBop has held steady in the top five of the best-selling apps made for children between the ages six and eight. Not only does the new Kids category make it easier for parents and teachers to find apps, but it helps our friends at App Annie deliver even better analytics. If you want to track the download and grossing rates of any app, pay Annie a visit.
A Look Ahead
Demo Night Presentations
We love demo nights. There’s something about watching developers and designers stand up and talk about their creation that’s inspiring. So, it’s only natural that we’re excited about the Lower Manhattan iOS Developer Meetup putting on this event at the awesome collaborative working space — Hive at 55. The participants have yet to be announced, but you can expect a good turnout, as the RSVPs are already stacking up on meetup.com. As if demo nights weren’t fun enough, there will be free beer and snacks. We’ll see you there.
Scaling Deployment at Etsy
One of the key figures behind Etsy is ready to share to talk about how the company continues to handle billions of page views while deploying small change sets in their development. This meetup is a must for developers. Daniel Schauenberg is a software engineer with the online marketplace, and he is joining forces with the Continuous Delivery NYC meetup group for this event. Daniel won’t have to go far for the meetup, as it will be held in the Etsy Offices in Brooklyn.
NYESN: Startup Pitch & Tech Demo Night in Front of a Panel of Judges
The New York Entrepreneurs & Startup Network has done a wonderful job organizing these events, and we can only hope there are plenty more to come. Registered participants will have one minute to pitch their idea to a panel of judges. The concept embodies everything past and present in NYC. The pitches have to be creative, to-the-point and well-delivered. Also, the event is an opportunity for entrepreneurs (many of them mobile app and tech-focused) to get feedback from accomplished venture capitalists and investors. And if all that’s not “New York” enough for you, the meetup is on the 60th floor of the Empire State Building.