Evernote is more than a set of great products. It’s also a powerful platform that any developer can write apps on. Where do these developers come from? Everywhere. We are working hard to reach out to developer teams from outside of the traditional Silicon Valley.
One of the best examples of this: We have had a strong relationship with Wayra, the startup accelerator with operations in Latin America and Europe. We’ve hosted two hackathons and a workshop at Wayra facilities this year. They were great events. And last year, the Wayra-funded team from Spotwish won the Peoples’ Choice award in our Evernote Devcup competition.
We’re expanding this relationship to take things further. Wayra is now a full partner in Evernote’s 2013 developer program. Wayra will offer a prize, the Wayra Global Startup Prize, to a submission in the Evernote Devcup. The winner of that prize will get invited to the Evernote Accelerator this fall. Read more about the Accelerator.
The Accelerator is our new, intense, month-long program designed to take startup products that work well with Evernote and help turn them into great businesses. Accelerator participants will work alongside Evernote developers and designers at Evernote in Redwood City, California. They’ll live nearby and join us for meals and activities. We are going to run a startup curriculum for them and introduce them to our friends and partners. At the end of the month, the six teams in the Accelerator will have not just better products for Evernote users, but more sustainable businesses. We want the Devcup-winning Evernote integrations to stick around, and this is one way we’re going to ensure that they do.
The Wayra Prize winners at the Accelerator will be joined by teams sponsored by our other partners, Docomo Innovation Ventures and Honda Silicon Valley Lab. Evernote’s own judges will pick the remaining three teams. We are greatly looking forward to working with a diverse community of developers from around the world, and we think we’ll all benefit from the cross-polinization of ideas, techniques, and cultures.
We’re excited to work even more closely with Wayra and all the teams we meet through this partnership.
See how Wayra’s Director, Carlos Pessoa Filho, uses Evernote to keep track of all the startups in the program.