Riverside Web Developers Take Home Second Place at the International Consumer Electronics Show

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Earlier this month, a team of three Riverside web developers spent 8 hours hacking away at a new traveler-oriented mobile app in a competition hosted by CEA MoDev and sponsored by The Travel Channel.

The CEA MoDev Hackathon is where developers compete on the world’s technology stage at the International CES. This exclusive event is a live competition to see who’s got the best idea and the skills to bring it to life in just one day. Twenty-five teams of up to four people compete for glory and over $25,000 in cash and prizes.

Riverside.io (competing as Team Liberty), Gary Gossett, Dani Sparks and Scott Motte, hacked together the app ‘Posted – Postcards for the adventurer in you’ in under 8 hours. Posted lets you send real postcards from your mobile phone from adventurous points of travel – the top of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Yosemite Half Dome cable climb, or from the top of our very own San Gorgonio. 

According to the Riverside.io team, “Using your phone’s GPS to pinpoint your location, the app creates a postcard to be sent. The person receiving the postcard gets it delivered to their house via USPS a couple days later with the gps coordinates and photo of your location. Additionally, the app lets you become a ‘Posted Scout’.  So if you were a rock climber and get to the top of a cool climb, you could take a photo, mark the geo location, and receive a share of the percentage of any postcards that are sent from there from future rock climbers reaching that same GPS point.”

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the team “coded and designed like crazy” and then gave a two minute presentation to a panel of judges from Facebook, Samsung, Sony and the Travel Channel.  Out of 32 teams that started the day (only 25 are allowed to present), Riverside.io brought home a prestigious second place finish, winning $2500 in cash and a set of Beats by Dre Travel Channel branded headphones.

The team will be guests on the Explore Riverside Weekly radio show airing Saturday, January 26th, at 2:30 p.m. PST on 590 KTIE.

Congratulations to Dani, Gary and Scott!

Watch Riverside.io’s app presentation here.