posted by on December 11th, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Our celebratory year-end gift: 50% off AppOrchard development

Tipping Point Partners company, AppOrchard, had an amazing inaugural year in 2011, then grew revenues nearly 3x in 2012, so we are giving back. Assuming we are all around on December 22, we are offering our iOS and Rails development services at half price to up to four worthy projects.

Some of the largest companies in the world have used AppOrchard to create mind-blowing new technology using the promise of Apple’s iOS ecosystem in industrial and corporate settings. Now we want to inject some fresh excitement into our work. Here’s the deal:

  • You are an innovator with a critical iOS project that you need done quickly without sacrificing quality
  • You are any size organization, but preferably a startup, a non-profit, a civic tech project, or government
  • You have wireframes ready for a new iOS app, or are trying to extend your audience to mobile from an existing website
  • You want to deploy a native iOS or mobile web app, with some possible integration to back end services
  • You have at least $25K to spend
  • You estimate the project to take up to 1 month
  • We do iOS, mobile web and Rails (i.e. not Android)
  • We do pair programming using the AO variety of agile
  • We have built systems for financial, agricultural, aviation, medical, government, media, games…
  • We typically charge $325/hr – you get us for half that

We will take the first four projects that meet these criteria.

Interested? Let us know.

posted by on December 4th, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Art Imitates Art: Tube presents the ultimate YouTube party

Tube, a new Van Cougar play running through December 16 at Incubator Arts Project, is as tender, disturbing, hilarious and watchable a piece as you can hope to find in the world of New York independent theater. It’s also made up entirely of YouTube clips.

YouTube clips watched, projected, reenacted, juxtaposed, remixed and replayed in a variety of ways culminate in something that feels as organic and as joyful as the best possible experience of the YouTube party, without the isolation and disconnect that sometimes manifests: suddenly you’re in a room full of people, staring at the backs of their heads staring at a screen. You’ve gone from interaction to consumption. Tube prompts none of that anxiety, partially thanks to center staging and largely because the actors work hard to interact with the audience: eye contact is rampant, as are the choose-your-own adventure portions of the performance, in which audience members are asked what they’d like to see next (or, most brilliantly, whether they’d like to “watch the same video again” ­– in which case the actors spring back to their original positions and roll out the reenactment from the start, an activity surreal in person but wholly familiar online.

posted by on November 29th, 2012 at 8:01 PM

VAAC Chairman Art Chang: 2012 Election’s Problems Went Far Beyond Sandy’s Chaos

The Daily News reported Art’s comments on the recent election in New York.

Preliminary numbers show that in-person turnout in New York City was down significantly compared with 2008. Nearly 200,000 fewer New Yorkers stood in line to vote on Election Day–from 2.5 million in 2008 to 2.3 million earlier this month.

In so many ways, technology is changing our relationship to voting. Through a partnership with the NYU Wagner School’s Code for Change program, we worked with a team to introduce Votescope, a mobile app that directed New Yorkers to their poll site and provided information about candidates.The Board of Elections released a pollsite finder app as well. The team behind has also created a remarkable resource. We worked with Mobile Commons to connect voters to their poll site location by text message. Common Cause helped build a mobile app that helped voter report problems at the polls. Through the work of VAAC, we hope to continue to foster efforts like these, and we will work with anyone and everyone who wants to play a part.

Read more here