Some tips for your next app idea submission

If you’ll recall from the interview we did with iCrowdApps a few months ago, this team of iPhone devs want to pay you ($500 to be exact) for your brilliant app ideas. Since they get their fair share of submissions, only those that truly stand out warrant serious consideration. And recently, Ted Kao (who also started contributing app reviews here at TMA), wrote a blog post highlighting some ideas that could point you in the right direction – and increase your chances for the extra dough.  Check it out below!

From iCrowdApps Post

We love and appreciate all of our fans for submitting your awesome, superfantastic app ideas for review. We are so busy reviewing your great ideas and building them into cool apps (Look for our first app by the end of the month!) that we don’t always get to build ideas we come up with. Its not like we can pay $500 to ourselves using our own money!

We get asked all the time by people who submit ideas as to what we look for in a winner. Generally, the ideas that have won our awards have been related to making our user’s lives a little bit more productive or help them gain more value from their smart phones. We don’t really want to get into game development or create the 1,185th weather related iPhone app.

In this light, I’ve come up with my list of everyday problems I’d like to see solved via my mobile device on either a phone or a tablet. If you’ve got a great idea around these issues, click on the start here button above and send us your idea!

  • With the vast numbers of “friends” people have on Facebook/Twitter/Linkedin/whatever else you use, how do we make the network more personal for our users? I’ve got 500 linkedin contacts, 200 Facebook friends, and 400 Twitter followers. I probably interact with 15 – 30 people on a regular basis.
  • There are now 380K+ apps in the Apple App Store, 100K+ in the Android space, and of course RIM and Microsoft will be adding to this.  How can we make app discovery a more effective process for users to find EXACTLY what they want?
  • Many consumer review websites and apps for things like restaurants and stores tend to be overly positive or overly negative. What type of mechanism can we use to get people’s “honest” opinions as they experience the event?
  • Anonymous Chat opportunities are a fun and interesting way to meet people. However, Chatroutte showed us that anonymous means you get sick people showing themselves off in inappropriate ways. How can we create a platform that keeps the fun of anonymous but at the same time, keep it wholesome and G-Rated?
  • When I shop online for products, I don’t always know of potential coupons or discount codes that exist for the product as well as potential local places that carry the product. What features of a shopping app can maybe combine local, discounts, and web options all at the same time without overwelming the user.


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