I spent a few hours downtown this past Saturday serving as a mentor during the Austin HackOut, held at the Capital Factory on February 15-16, 2014. It was a full house of aspiring entrepreneurs mixed with programmers, product marketers, and other web enthusiasts.
While there I met some of the teams who were feverishly working on their ideas and bringing them to life during the weekend. In addition, I met several entrepreneurs with young companies who are looking to grow their businesses. I was able to spend time with the founders of two interesting concepts that I wanted to share:
Connect2Good is a community development project founded on the methodology of Needs Based Asset Mapping. The objective of Connect 2 Good is to get resources to the nonprofits and people in the community who need them most. I regularly make in-kind donations to various nonprofits around town and am excited to use this tool to uncover new nonprofits who would get a lot of value out of the items I’d like to give away. If you have tools, furniture, clothes, or anything that you haven’t used in 6 months sitting around your home, consider using www.Connect2Good.com to find a nonprofit that could use those items.
“Dude, Where’s My Car?” is a user friendly car locator app – it uses GPS navigation so in one touch you can save your spot, and then in one touch find your spot later. It is currently available as a free app or with a Pro upgrade, allowing the user to also find/call taxi cabs, find popular attractions nearby, set parking meter alerts and more.
Launch Marketing was a sponsor of the Austin HackOut and donated a positioning and messaging session to the winning team from the weekend. We look forward to helping them propel their business forward with our hands-on workshop later this quarter!