Greetings once again from beautiful Montreal, Quebec!
I’ve returned from my trip to the amazing San Francisco, and I’ll admit that I have, in fact, left a little bit of my heart down there. I’ve also come back with a ton of ideas and inspiration for Context.IO, and I can’t wait to share some of that here on our blog!
While I was away, the #HackEmail event that we co-hosted with Cakemail took place just before Startup Festival’s opening night party. There were some pretty cool projects built that day; here’s an overview of the winners and some of our favourites:
Adam works for OpenEra Smart Cloud, a really cool tool that is solving the problem of managing multiple inboxes by saving stuff to the cloud without any change in work habits needed. The OpenEra team and Context.IO have clearly been drinking the same koolaid – why should end users be forced to change their habits to benefit from cloud-based advances in technology? Sign up for their beta here: http://www.getsmartcloud.com/
Adam did a super slick Salesforce/Context.IO integration. It looks up a list of Salesforce contacts then imports emails exchanged with these contacts via Context.IO – an instant email history with no need for BCCing for forwarding by the end user. Adam will be putting the final details on this integration and then submitting it to the Salesforce App Exchange soon – stay tuned for news on that!
2nd prize was a tie between Pier-Luc Petitclerc and Chu Wu (Chu is all the way to the left, Pier-Luc is all the way to the right)
Pier-Luc is a prominent freelance Montreal developer (check him out at http://fusi0n.org/) who perfected a Dropbox/Context.IO integration using the new WebHooks available on our 2.0 API. The app allows you to get an email address, and attachments sent to that address are imported to your dropbox folder and organized by the sender of the message.
Chu did a cool attachment visualization experiment. It showed a series of circles for each attachment type (pdf, doc, jpeg) with larger dots indicating multiple files of that type. Clicking a dot would show individual files. We hope to have some screenshots and more details from Chu up here soon.
We also loved what Pablo Duboue built. His email client integration showed language preferences of email recipients based on language detection algorithms of past messages exchanged with them. When you’re communicating with people speaking multiple languages, making sure you email them in the correct language is important. Pablo didn’t have time to finish his Xobni gadget, but we’ll try to see if we can get demo access or screenshots for a future post.
Now that #HackEmail is all said and done, we’re excited to announce that we’ll be taking part in HackVAN (a part of the awesome HackDays events held across Canada) on August 20th in gorgeous Vancouver, BC. If you’re based in Vancouver, or will be in town for the GROW Conference, register now! http://guestlistapp.com/events/60384