I went to New York Tech Day last week and here are the 10 most interesting things I saw. (I haven’t tested all of them, so do your due diligence as always before signing up for something.)
1) Two high school girls made an app for Android called Arrive, which they billed as “attendance at your fingertips.” They no longer need to carry around ID badges everywhere. They won a regional Technovation Challenge award and are off to San Francisco this week to compete at the next level. Wish them luck! Plus they’re looking for startup funding.
2) Unroll.me allows you to manage your email newsletters, by creating one daily digest that shows you all newsletter info at once. (Or if you decide to unsubscribe, it makes that process easy too.) Currently it only works with Gmail and Yahoo accounts.
3) Xonomail organizes and categorizes your email. Only works with Gmail on Android phones for now; coming soon for iPhone.
4) Want to learn to program? The Flatiron School has a 3-month all-day program, and at the end of it, you’ll be a real web developer.
5) Speek is a free conference call service that uses your computer. They say it’s faster than other options.
6) Handybook app for iPhone allows you to schedule home cleaners, handypeople, and plumbers, right from the phone. You can see ratings too.
7) Dashlane is a free password manager that syncs across computers and devices.
8) The Herematch iPhone and Android app helps you meet people when you’re at networking events, by showing you who else is at that event and what they do.
9) At Guzu you can get money for recycling your old gadgets, which get used by others. The company also plants a tree for every single order. A working 32GB iPhone 4 can get you $125.
10) EchoTime, for easier time tracking. Your phone automatically clocks you in and out when you arrive at the office, because it knows your location. Still not officially released (it’s in beta).
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