2 Brazilian Finalists in DevCup 2012!

Evernote, a U.S. founded company, which allows users to capture, organize, and find information across multiple platforms recently hosted its 2nd annual competition branded ‘DevCup’.

The DevCup competition aims to discover developers and inspire new apps based on Evernote software and supporting new features within the Evernote platform.

The DevCup essentially builds a collaborative ‘open source’ community that will allow them to choose the best software developments, which will surely contribute to improve Evernote’s overall user experience and continue to maintain and grow their client base.

Congrats Evernote for allowing your long-time fans and community to be a part of creating your future.

The deadline for signing up for this competition recently ended with the Evernote team receiving hundreds of applications from around the world including Asia and Latin America. This resulted in the overwhelming challenge of having to decide on only 5 finalists.

While no teams from Chile made it to the finals, we were happy to see South America featured among the global talent, represented by our neighboring startup community in Brazil.

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This Valentine’s day, let LoveChirp be your cupid!

Powered by Babelverse and Tropo, LoveChirp is a new service that helps lovers connect through sweet, sexy, romantic or hot recorded voice messages and allows the creators of the messages to get paid for acting as Cupid’s arrow.

Sweethearts around the world who use this service can pick a message among a set of thousands available in multiple languages, with different tones(sweet, sexy, funny,etc) and in different voices, or record their own. They can choose to sign their message or remain anonymous, which is especially useful for secret admirers.

LoveChirp simply asks for the phone number or email address of the subject of the message. The recipient will then get a phone call or email that plays the LoveChirp, and will have the possibility to respond.

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Meet Diego Araos, the winner of Geekli.st sponsored Hackathon, Santiago, Chile (Dec 2011)

A little over a month ago Geekli.st co-founders Reuben Katz and Christian Sanz visited Chile and sponsored a Hackathon organized by Lenguajes Dinámicos (Dynamic Languages) and Huevapi meetup groups.

As an open source community contributor and fervient enthusiast in bleeding edge tech, in my inaugural post I decided to cover the story behind the team that won, and also, give them props for developing in Node.js.

There were  a lot of developers in the hackathon, however, only three teams decided to accept the challenge and try to build something with Node.js in three hours.

Hackathon’s winning team designed a joystick app in Node.js.  The team members included Diego AraosIgnacio Baixas and Jaime Bunzli. Diego was the random winner of an iPad 2 giveaway. I interviewed him to get more insights about their project in the Hackathon. Continue reading

Satelinx: Developing Custom Satellite Communications and Sensor Networks

Nicolás Kipreos, Sergio Campamá and Jose Luis Honorato co-founded Satelinx, a company that works developing custom hardware and software focused on satellite communications and sensor networks. Based in Chile and available worldwide, their expertise in GPS tracking and distributed sensor networks, offer flexible solutions according to the client’s need and the team can handle high quality solutions in tight schedules.

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Squape: The more we get together, the happier we’ll be!

The more we get together, the happier we’ll be, ‘Cause your friends are my friends, and my friends are your friends….I could totally imagine Barney rocking that song. And after a quick visit to youtube, I found him doing exactly that!

But what might that song look like in real life? Seems that the startup team at Squape has some idea! Launched in just 2 days at HackSantiagoSquape is a startup out of Santiago, Chile founded by Patricio Jimenez (23), José Albornoz (18) and Felipe Cabargas (20) that makes it easier to spend more time with the people you love in the places you love.

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“E-Box” aims to revolutionize Smart Home Technology market

HackSantiago‘s 2nd place winner, home automation start up ‘Proyecto-X‘, now officially named E-Box, is looking to take a cut of the 2012 $6 billion projected wireless/smart home market (Source: On World). Based out of Santiago, Chile ‘E-Box’ is currently in the rapid prototyping stage of developing a smart home technology service (SaaS).  The software allows you to use your handheld mobile device (or the web) to manage and control, automatically or manually, electronics in the home or office spaces, and gain information and metrics through sensors.

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Join Hackathon with Matt Aimonetti, Reuben Katz and Christian Sanz

Lenguajes Dinámicos (Dynamic Languages) and Huevapi are mixing things up in the Chilean developers community, literally and figuratively. It will be the first time that different local communities of developers plan a meetup together. And Matt Aimonetti  and friends will be there running the show, so make sure you tune in!

Note: These guys have successfully raised funding and are active in the U.S. tech community. And they are here in Chile. So make sure if nothing else you say Hola, Gracias and introduce yourself and your company. They want to meet you. They want to hear about your work.  They want to support the developers ecosystem in Chile. Following are the event details:

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HackSantiago: The experience

Editor’s noteKarla Lopez is a Start-Up Chile entrepreneur, JobConvo co-founder, a platform which provides online job interview solutions, currently on their public beta. You can follow her @vivoandando

We were looking for ways to bring together Startup Chile entrepreneurs and Chilean developers when the idea of HackSantiago came up. Hackatons are always a good opportunity to experiment with different technologies and start new projects and we thought that would be a great way to connect local developers to an international network.

The first step was finding a place that could provide the informal and collaborative environment we were planning to the event. Co-Work was a perfect fit. Teaming up with a local partner like Huevapi also helped find our way into sponsors and other partnerships.

HackSantiago was received with a warm welcome by the online tech media in Chile. It makes us think why there aren’t more hackatons around here. Santiago has lots of talent and they are hungry for real challenges and opportunities to get together and build great things.

The results?

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HackSantiago: And the winners are…

Last Sunday (Nov 27th), HackSantiago teams made their presentations. There were a total of 8 die hard projects that participated in all 48 hours of the Hackathon. Just one project was started Saturday’s night and it didn’t have something ready to show by Sunday.

The topics of developed projects were related with real state, gaming, mobile payments and home automation, amongst others.

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