More than 700 members of the NYC tech community RSVPed to attend the July NY Tech Meetup last night, held at the Haft Auditorium on the campus of SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood. From our seat in the front near the team from presenter Designer Pages, it certainly appeared that it was a packed house this month.
This month's presenters included:
- Exit Strategy NYC: We blogged about this yesterday, but we learned a few additional details about their iPhone application last night. The brother and sister team behind the application compiled their data over a ten-week period of riding the NYC subways and it's now available on iTunes for $1.99.
- Gliider: This startup's Firefox add-on allows you to copy and paste travel items of note into it and it can recommend deals on, for instance, hotels based on your tentative plans.
- Designer Pages: The design community can use this Web site to share information about products; they have also devloped a patent-pending, result-based advertising system for product manufacturers to get their products highlighted.
- urtak: Users can submit questions that can be answered by other users. The developers called it "collaborative public opinion."
- VocabSushi: Billed as a "bento box for vocabulary," this Web site can help users develop their vocabulary based on quizzes pulled from the text of newspaper articles freely available online.
- SpongeCell: Buttons can be layered into banner advertisements using this startup's technology, creating a more interactive experience for users by allowing them to share advertisements, get more information, etc.
- Zagat: The dining guide's new Near2U application, currently available on Google's Android phone and soon to be available on the iPhone 3GS, allows you to see restaurants around you in a radar-screen layout.
There were also three other presentations, one about the membership of the meetup by committee member and "mayor" of co-working space New Work City, Tony Bacigalupo, Iranian entrepreneur and operator of babulous, a social-networking Web site for "music lovers and musicians" Ali Emami about the current unrest in his country, and Douglas Rushkoff about his new book Life Inc.