My Dream App Could Change Face of Software

Since it was announced, My Dream App has garned much attention. Between travelling and a hectic work schedule I’ve been keeping up to date as much as possible. Now it’s into an elimination round of voting. The voting for this round has actually been extended a day because of all the activity it’s been receiving. So hurry on over and you still may be able to eak your votes in before the deadline arrives.


My Dream App is one of those brilliant ideas that can’t miss. You get an avid community of users to suggest great application ideas. The community and the rest of the internets vote on those they love the most and would pay good money for. You reward the app-idea winners handsomely, and then rake in some mad dough when the application is completed. You already know it’s gonna be a hit, how do you lose?

And after reading through some of the forums, there seems to be much rumination about what will become of the apps that don’t make it to the top 3. Enough people are passionate about these apps that they want to know, “what’s next?” Well only time will tell, but there’s a couple of great branches this model can take…

One such prediction is that – as with the similarly themed, American Idol – the competition will be rerun again and again. Why not? People get to continue making their voices heard, and potentially having great new apps made a reality. The coders on the other hand, get to be involved in a great experience of building something they know everyone wants. I think this model could really revolutionize the way software is developed. A community driven system like this is a beautiful thing – and the execution thus far seems to be superb.

Another thought about the apps that don’t win top 3 seeds. (I won’t call them the losers, because they are all some very interesting ideas that I can see merit in.) While the developers on the My Dream App project are definitely hot property, they’re not the only coders on the block. There are plenty of talented kids in their garages, or professional developers who relish in a side project, that I’m certain many of the other application ideas will get picked-up by some talented programmer. I certainly hope this to turn out to be the case, as I really love more than 3 of the ideas I’ve been reading about.

So what about these great ideas? Well, there’s a ton to cover, so I’m not going to run down the list. But head over and check them all out. I will however speak to a couple of the contestant ideas that stand out to me.

Anders’ Stick-It immeidately grabbed my attention. This is something I’ve had in mind for a couple of years. For me, it was spawned from the desire to be able to apply sticky notes to different web pages I visited. How great would it be to be able to take some notes and slap them to whatever app or element of OS X you need to use as a reminder. As digital as I am with all my computer geekery, in the analog world, I’m still addicted to sticky notes. This would be perfect for me. Plus some of the cool UI ideas, such as aging paper effects and so on – this could be one neat little application. Probably not a My Dream App winner, but one I hope is picked up by some enterprising developer.

Windy seems to be the only female of the contestants – at least at this point in the competition. Her idea is called iStyleIt. It’s a wardrobe and style application – as Ars Technica pointed out, it’s like the program in Clueless. The idea clearly leans towards something that women – or at least, the fashion conscious – would gravitate toward. But I voted for it. I see some potential for coolness in the program. Something I’d use it for, would be to keep ‘playlists’ of clothes I pack for various trips. Then when I’m getting ready to head back home, I can check my packing against my list and be sure I haven’t left anything behind. There could be some very cool stuff to be had with this idea, and I hope it stays in there. For now however, it looks to be hanging by a thread…

I like Farzad’s Portal idea because there doesn’t seem to be a best practice for working between 2 or more machines. Sure, you can do backups, but isn’t there a different way that would work and be sort of fun? I think Portal, as a product of this community could be that solution that many a mac user is looking for. One day when I work off of more than my MacBook, I hope an idea like Portal is fully fleshed-out and available.

Michael’s idea of Cookbook seems to be my favorite though, thus far. The design elements he’s put together to show what his idea would look like are truly lovely. The ability to plan meals, and order ingredients from the internet – if you’re into that sort of thing – is very cool. Better yet is his unique perspective on the meal planning calendar. Using a Calendar tape idea, to avoid the typically mundane vertical scrolling is awesome. Just the fact that it’s different AND useful has me salivating at using this application for real.

I could go on and on about the many great ideas over at My Dream App. But head over yourself and see what the contestants have up their sleeves. Comment on the ideas, and most importantly, Vote! (oh yeah, and just for voting, you’ll get a free license for Pzizz!)The whole experience at My Dream App seems to be executed perfectly, and it’s just a fun space to spend some time on the internet. Not to mention, being amongst history in the making.

What are your thoughts on the My Dream App competition? How do you think the rest of the app ideas will pan out? What does the competition future hold? And what do you think about the app ideas?

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