Recently, we participated in a 24-hour hackathon and created 2012 Matters, a Facebook app that encourages you to share what matters most in the 2012 election. People are quick to talk about the advantages of building a product quickly, but there’s much less talk about what it takes for a team to build a successful demo in a very short time. Here are four things that successful teams do to create working software in 24 hours.
Over the summer R/GA had a bout of what doctors call “Food Truck Fever”. Every day a new food truck showed up in front of our building on 39th street serving everything from Koren BBQ, homemade Chinese dumplings and artisan ice cream. Every day the trucks were greeted with a long line of hungry R/GA’ers […]
The Centre for Creative Collaboration in London hosted a meetup event about Internet of Things (IoT) and here are a couple talks which I think stood out from the rest. Neul – http://www.neul.com/ These folks are basically developing hardware and infrastructure in order to connect Machine-to-Machine (M2M) by using the free TV white space spectrum. They […]
In this installment of Fail Tales, we’ll take a look at the business, user experience and technology design implications of the Highlander Constraint and a few fundamental mitigation tactics. For those unfamiliar with the Highlander tale of film and television, the worlds fortune rests on one person who, by virtue of competitive mortal combat, wins […]
Now, for the first time, your app can link directly to 19,000 square feet of LED screens in Times Square with one AJAX call. What makes this possible is a new API created by R/GA in collaboration with TS2 the Thomson-Reuters/NASDAQ alliance. This simple collection of methods (code named Pomegranate) enables apps to push text and images to fourteen […]
As anyone who’s used one of Amazon’s Kindle apps knows, synchronization without user interaction is a priceless feature. As any programmer who’s built an app that persists data across multiple devices knows, synchronization takes a lot of work. A todo list for accomplishing this task might look something like this: Ensure the device has connectivity […]
Recently I’ve flown cross-country a few times, and while the flights are long what I love about them is the opportunity to sit and code in a focused environment with no distractions. On a recent trip to San Francisco, I challenged myself to see if I could build a product over the course of a […]