Each year, we challenge our community of developers and designers to participate in Devcup, our annual developer competition. This year, teams submitted over 180 ambitious apps and services to answer the challenge. They are the best apps yet we’ve seen in this annual competition.
All the Devcup apps and services use the Evernote platform, which is the same cloud service that Evernote’s own apps use to store and synchronize user data. We know that the more ways there are to use data in Evernote, the more valuable the data is to its owners. That’s why we keep this platform open, free, and robust. More smart apps means smarter and happier users.
It was difficult to narrow the nearly 200 submissions to a list of six Devcup Finalists. Two weeks ago, we announced the first cut: the Category Winners. Today, we’re announcing the next slice, these six Finalists. They embody the best qualities that we look for in apps. They are valuable and delightful additions to the growing catalog of products that work with Evernote.
We are proud to present the following apps as the Devcup 2013 Finalists:
Biscuit, South Korea
Biscuit successfully combines two of our most popular use cases: education and travel. Biscuit is a mobile dictionary application that quickly translates words across several different languages. Users can clip words or sentences on their mobile devices, and Biscuit will store translated definitions in the background. Biscuit sports a clean and intuitive interface, syncs content to Evernote in formatted lists, and even integrates with Evernote Peek! Biscuit is a great mobile companion
for anyone looking to hone their language skills.
Context Booster, Germany
Context Booster is an intelligent assistant for your Evernote experience. Tag any note with the phrase “contextboost,” and this service will scour the web for content relevant to your notes. Context Booster then populates your notes with a well-organized list of information that links your notes to the web. Context Booster is a very interesting augmented intelligence tool for discovery and research.
Lightly, Hong Kong
Web clipping is one of our most popular features. On the desktop, users can clip content from throughout the web into their Evernote accounts with ease. Lightly is the next step in the mobile clipping experience. Through Lightly, users can highlight content and quickly clip web pages on their iOS devices. Lightly lets users annotate content with ease and sync their clippings to the Evernote service, all while on the go.
Postach.io is a new publishing app that lets users blog directly from Evernote. No longer do users need to draft content and copy their writing to another service. Via the tag “published,” any Evernote note will appear on your personal Postach.io blog with all formatting and multimedia included. There are several attractive themes to publish to, and the service has a clean and crisp interface. Postach.io is a powerful tool for content creators.
Evernote is primarily a productivity tools, and many users employ features such as Reminders to organize work. SmartTM is a feature-rich app that takes Reminders to the next level. Through SmartTM, users can follow the GTD methodology to organize complex lists of tasks efficiently. The app has an intuitive user experience and meshes well with the popular productivitiy philosophy. SmartTM helps Evernote users get things done.
Xing is a mobile client for travelers. It syncs with users’ pre-planned travel notebooks, providing people with relevant information on the go. The app also has geolocation features, allowing users to set reminders for specific stops on a trip. In addition to its rich suite of features, the Xing team has created a stunning design that is both beautiful and intuitive.
The Partner Prizes
In addition to the Devcup Finalists, we are also pleased to announce the Partner Prizes for Devcup 2013. This year, we teamed up with three global partners who are also invested in helping entrepreneurs bring new tools for organization to users. NTT Docomo Ventures, Honda Silicon Valley Lab, and Wayra have each partnered with us to reach new users and provide assistance to our developer community.
These partners each selected an app that represents a key aspect of their global mission. In recognition of their efforts, each of these teams will receive two passes to our annual conference in September. Congratulations to these teams and their deserved recognition:
biscuit, South Korea – Watch the video
The Docomo Mobile Magic Award goes to an app that is innovative across multiple platforms in the mobile space. Biscuit does just that, providing unique mobile functionality to users on both Android and iOS.
Xing, Taiwan – Watch the video
Honda Silicon Valley Lab is working hard to innovate in the travel space and is awarding the Honda Innovation Award to one of the most unique travel apps in this competition. As a finalist and travel category winner, Xing is comprehensive app that can work well with Honda’s future endeavors in the travel space.
AgentPanda, Colombia – Watch the video
The Global Startup Prize goes to a team with a creative and innovative travel product. AgentPanda is a collaborative web service that lets users easily plan trips together. Its innovative web clipper provides users with a tool to quickly sync travel content to their trips.
Next Stop: The Evernote Conference
Devcup 2013 is not quite over yet. Evernote will fly the six Devcup Finalists to the third annual Evernote Conference in San Francisco on September 26th and 27th. At the conference, these teams will pitch their apps to the audience in competition for Devcup Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We hope you will join us in San Francisco to see Devcup 2013 come to a close!
Congratulations again to all the winners in Devcup 2013 and the hundreds of participants who have made this competition possible. We look forward to working with many of these ambitious teams in the months to come.
— The Evernote Platform Team: Seth, Rafe, Chris, Billy, Shinji, Mustafa, Julien, Gervis, Kentaro, Brett, Ty, Jason, and Karolyn