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Evernote Project Wins TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

Evernote Project Wins TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

Posted by Rafe Needleman on 09 Sep 2013

Posted by Rafe Needleman on 09 Sep 2013

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This past weekend at the TechCrunch Disrupt hackathon, over 800 developers came together to create 264 quick, 24-hour projects in competition for prizes from companies like Evernote, as well as broader-reaching prizes from TechCrunch itself. We’re thrilled to report that the Spruce project, which won our Best Evernote Hack award, won the Best Of Show from the TechCrunch judges, too.

In other words, of over 260 coding projects submitted to the TechCrunch hackathon, the winning one was based on the Evernote platform. The coders told us that the Evernote API made it a snap to create their project.

Spruce, created by high-school students Ajay Jain, Michael Mattheakis, Zuhayeer Musa, and Jimmy Liu, is an education Web app that displays books online using the Pearson API. It looks super clean, and it tells you how long it should take to finish each chapter.

When you highlight a word, Spruce grabs the definition of it and then clips the word and definition to Evernote, so you can add it to a study list. In the future, they’ll probably add an Evernote Reminders integration, too.

The Spruce Web app gets books and definitions from Pearson, and then saves words to learn to Evernote.

The Spruce Web app gets books and definitions from Pearson, and then saves words to learn to Evernote.

The team has been working on education apps for a while, but the code for this app is all new. For a 24-hour hack, it is uncommonly fast and good-looking. Despite this, the team is going to continue to refine it, and we’ll list it in the Trunk when it’s ready for the public.

The Spruce team won the Evernote prize (iPads for all team members) at the hackathon, as well as tickets to our Evernote Conference this month in San Francisco. We are also sponsoring the other thirteen teams who created Evernote projects at the hackathon to attend our conference for free. If you’d like to join these entrepreneurs, as well as a lineup of great speakers on Evernote and other great topics, use my special Friends-of-Rafe discount code for tickets.

Check out the Spuce team’s one-minute pitch from the hackathon:

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