Author Archive: Amanda Coolong
Is a mobile health app a medical device? Should an app that shows you how many steps you’ve taken be regulated exactly the same way as a blood glucose monitor? According to the FDA the answer is yes, and if pending legislation passes in the U.S. House of Representatives it could sound a death knell for innovation in the healthcare sector.
Its tagline is “enlightened debauchery.” Its been called what would happen, “if TED and Burning Man had a lovechild that went to MIT and became an artist.” Its curator, Doug Campbell, is a Tuxedo Tyrant, a founder of Syyn Labs, and a purveyor of social good. It’s called Mindshare, and it’s taking downtown LA by storm.
Mobile social discovery is all the rage as evidenced by the early success of apps like Banjo, which achieved an astounding 500,000 downloads in its first six months alone.
Apparently the momentum is continuing. Earlier this week, Banjo announced it doubled its users in the last three months. For those of you who don’t do math, that’s one million people using Banjo in just nine months since launch.
It’s often referred to as Spring Break for Geeks, and for good reason. I’m talking, of course, about South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin’s annual film and music festival that in recent years added an interactive component. It’s the place where geeks go to cut loose, share their knowledge, test new concepts and network like crazy.