While much of what we cover here relates to what’s going with Evernote in the U.S., we’d like to occasionally share exciting things that are happening overseas. As we get ready for our first conference, we’d like to tell you about a very cool partnership we’ve fostered with Keio University, a premier educational institution in Japan. At the beginning of this year, we partnered with Keio to create a fund to encourage ambitious developers in Japan to build innovative applications that integrate with Evernote and help them enter the worldwide market.
To kick things off, we created a special category of prizes for the Evernote Developer Competition. These prizes, available to any developer in Japan, elicited a great number of applicants who came up with some really awesome, well-thought out apps.
The Japan Developer Competition and Prize: Judging Process
Together with Keio University’s Graduate School of Media Design, we invited developers to submit their Evernote-integrated applications for a chance to present their work to a global audience at ETC. A cash prize of 500,000 yen ($6,500) would also be given to each winner. The judging committee included:
- Professor Sam Furukawa, Professor at the Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University
- Mr. Kiyoyuki Tsujimura, Vice President, NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
- Naoki Asami, Editor in Chief of Nikkei Business magazine (a leading business publication in Japan)
- Mr. Naoyuki Sato, Creative Director
- Phil Libin, Evernote CEO
- Hitoshi Hokamura, Chairman, Evernote Japan
We received and reviewed applications for a variety of platforms including Mac, Windows, Web, iOS, and Android. Taking into consideration the unique elements of the Japanese market, usefulness of applications, and creativity, the judging committee selected two winners, who will both present their apps at ETC this week!
The Winners and Honorable Mentions
We were extremely impressed with the fantastic applications we saw. It was difficult to choose a winner, but two came out on top and took the prize for “Best Practical Application” and “Out of the Box Application.”
Winner: Best Practical Application
EverFinder: A Mac application, EverFinder lets a user easily and quickly search for information (including tags and notebooks) by combing through the user’s local Evernote database, and then transfer notes into stickies that can be saved on their desktop for fast reference. The stickies, which display on your desktop let you remember notes that you might need to quickly reference (like an ongoing to-do list, or a project overview).
Winner: Out of the Box Application
Region of Interest (R.O.I): Region of Interest (R.O.I) digitizes notes into numerical values and charts the results to illustrate the degree of importance that the user attributes to their notes. For example, if a professor is giving a lecture to a group of students, he can see, based on the chart, what parts of his lecture were effective based on the students’ frequency of note taking. The results are saved in Evernote for future analysis, so the professor can go back to his Evernote account and revise his teaching style, if needed.
A few other cool apps we saw
Duet Browser: A browser for your iPad outfitted with a web clipper, Duet Browser lets you use two browsers in your iPad display to clip articles. Duet Browser allows users to capture multiple web clips and save them to their Evernote account with just one click.
Lifemirror: A real life mirror fitted with a small camera and sensor that takes pictures and immediately sends them to Evernote so that they can be shared with friends. A great way for a shop owner to help customers trying on clothes share their finds and feedback.
Pasteboard Recorder 3E: An application for your Mac, Pasteboard Recorder lets you save text or images to your Evernote account automatically by simply copying them (command + C/ Ctrl + C). Copying a URL creates a PDF of the web page and saves it directly to your Evernote account.
WaveNote: Distributing information to a group of people is made easier with WaveNote, an iPhone app which lets users share their Evernote notes based on their location. WaveNote lets you publicly share a note which can be found by other users in the location where it has been shared. This app is especially powerful in light of the need to distribute location-specific information in a disaster area. Wavenote can also create a ‘Knowledge Cluster’ of information, available to specific groups of people.
We’re looking forward to hosting the developers of EverFinder and R.O.I at ETC. Their work shows that passionate Evernote users around the world are always thinking of creative ways to make Evernote a more robust memory-enhancing tool that fits the lives of many different kinds of people of all ages, with different careers, hobbies and lifestyles.
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