Blind Bargains

Call for Ideas for the Next Big Mobile App or Website


This weekend, dozens of programmers, marketers, technical professionals, and entrepreneurs will converge on the campus of Western Michigan University in the quest for the next big idea. Startup Weekends are a growing trend across the country and foster the development of mobile and web-based applications. Participants arrive at the weekend with a pitch for the next big thing, and participants vote on the best ideas and begin developing them over the rest of the weekend. So, if you could attend one of these weekends, what would be your big idea? Here's some guidelines. The project should be relatively cheap to develop, so software and websites work best. The idea should ideally have mainstream appeal outside the blind community and have a profitable business model. Legally speaking, by posting your idea here, we reserve the right to use or benefit from it as we see fit. So, what should we pitch? An OCR app? A new form of GPS? Something completely different? Let us know in the comments. Startup Weekends are happening across the country, and a quick web search will likely turn up locations near you.

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DebeeArmstrong Thursday, 24-Mar-2011 9:10 PM ET:

Feel free to use and benefit all you want from my ideas! I'd like to see an audio street crossing game with binaural sound, where the user wearing headphones must determine when the light turns green. Yes, this would also be a fun sensory experience for a sighted gamer -- what it is like to cross busy intersections without sight. It should be a rich binaural experience, starting with simple and progressing up to very difficult crossings. O&M instructors and parents would love it. A way to repeatedly get killed without truly dying!


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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.


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