Portland has more than its fair share of awesome mobile app development going on. But sometimes, there’s so much, we miss out on some of the amazing things our peers are doing. That’s why Portland Web Innovators and Mobile Portland thought it might be a good idea to combine forces. So that we could see demos of cool mobile apps.
Admittedly, a great deal of what we focus on in the mobile space has to deal with commerce or entertainment. Killing two pigs with one bird and whatnot. But fact of the matter is mobile platforms provide a cost effective means of connecting people—and providing access to information which they desperately need—especially in times of crisis.
Today, so much of our work is done in a nebulous, ethereal, and intangible realm. We send electrons scurrying and bandy bytes about. Tap at the keyboard to create art. And press touch screens that provide only rudimentary semblances of real life interaction.
Ever gotten turned around in the mall? Maybe. Sort of lost in an airport? Okay. But getting all confused by the winding tunnels of Powell’s City of Books? Absolutely.
One of the biggest gripes about the Portland startup and tech scene is that we’re often overlooked as, well, a startup and tech scene. But more and more, startups and established companies alike are realizing just how cool Portland is. Example? Take Google Hotpot which chose Portland as its first test city.
Now, there’s another hot application—it’s called Yobongo and it’s rumored to be a SXSW breakout app—that’s looking to establish some more outposts besides San Francisco, New York, and Austin. Could Portland be the next Yobongo city? Read More
Yesterday, you might have heard that that little bookstore to the north of us released an iPhone app for Amazon Deals. What you may not know is that—de facto hub of mobile development that it is—Portland played a role in bringing that iPhone app to fruition.
[HTML1]Without a doubt, 2010 showed us that mobile development was one of the most interesting and full-of-potential segments of the Portland startup community. We saw any number of startups—from individual app developers to full fledged companies—release compelling technology and collaborate with name brand clients, time and again.
For some, that success means they can do a little more. It means that they can share that success by giving back to the community. That’s why Portland’s Small Society—arguably one of the most successful mobile outfits around town—donated $10,000 to Portland area charities. Read More
So, yeah. You hear me blather on and on about Portland’s Urban Airship. And how they’re doing this. And how they’re hiring so and so. And how they’re getting funding. And how they’re pushing stuff.
But what is it that they really do? Well, Urban Airship CEO Scott Kveton recently sat down with Robert Scoble and talked about what Urban Airship does and where the world of mobile app development is going. If you’re interested in mobile, it’s well worth the watch. Read More
When it comes to the Portland mobile development scene, online auction juggernaut eBay may be the furthest company from your mind.
But you’re going to need to think again. You see, today eBay acquired Portland mobile developer Critical Path and in so doing, joined the ranks of the rapidly developing Portland mobile scene. Read More
But to report a problem to the City with a mobile app? Well, that took an iPhone—a notably proprietary system. That was, until now. Introducing PDX Reporter, a new Android app designed to report problems directly to the city, quickly and easily. Read More