July NY Tech Meetup: It Takes How Many Programmers to Change a Lightbulb?



With an anarchist, a NYC Mayoral candidate – and 798 others in attendance – the houselights were dimmed and the presentations began…

KeyMe is disrupting the locksmithing industry by storing your house or apartment keys in the cloud, and having them ground at their kiosk (at 7Elevens), identifying you via your thumb scan. You may never get locked out again – and spare keys take 30 seconds to make. Added bonus: the CTO is a self-proclaimed anarchist and assured the audience that he would not turn your ‘key’ information over to the NSA.

AHAlife. Did you know that Victorian women’s underwear featured a split crotch? Ah, the things you learn at the #NYTM – and at AHAlife, which curates content and adds a bit of history/fun facts here and there. (We know Queen Victoria had nine children, but the split crotch?  Was that Victoria’s secret?)

HealthyOut has been covered here before, but they’ve added something new: now you can not only order healthy meals from restaurants, and tailor them to your dietary needs but also you can pre-order a month of meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and have them sent to your home or office. Not to worry: if plans (or dietary needs) change, you have 90 minutes to change or cancel your order for that meal.

Moven is a money management service that provides real-time feedback on your spending, right on your phone. You can also pay friends back – or collect from them – through FB. Good stuff! Check it out and spendthrifts, beware. Or, be happy.

DrawQuest is a free drawing community exclusively for iPad. Every day, people come together to draw the Quest of the Day, which is a challenge to use your imagination and complete a drawing! iPad owners: make sure to check out @slothdude.

Dispatch is the end of the ‘reply-all’ email chain, combining the simplicity of a group email address with the structure and organization of a project management tool. Disrupting email is a popular theme at #NYTM. This is one of the more useful ones we’ve seen.

Stuyvesant High showcased the works of some of their students, including:

@StallWall, which allows you to graffiti on a collaborative, networked virtual bathroom wall. He’s 18, ok?

WebExplorer turns any web page into a game, where a little guy runs around the screen and you can determine where he’s going. Supposedly he can moonwalk, too, but didn’t quite work out during the demo.

Bayesian Methods for Hackers is a free, open-source Python book, available on github.

The New York Times showcased their new TimesMachine. Think microfiche on steroids for the wired generation. Not available on mobile. Hey, it’s the New York Times.

Knodes makes your social media networks searchable (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Foursquare) so that you can get the right message to the right person, or get the right person to answer whatever question you might have.

Paper is from FiftyThree and it’s quite simply the easiest, most beautiful way to create on the iPad. The app has already been downloaded over eight million times, and FiftyThree is the first NYC-based company to develop an app that has won Apple’s App of the Year.

Answer to the joke, courtesy of Brandon Diamond: Uh, none. It’s a hardware issue. No programmers required. (They prefer to work in the dark, anyway.)

For full coverage of tech events in New York, visit The Watch.

Photo credit: @nytm and @MariaJesusV on Twitter

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