In early January, I spoke to Matt Lauzon, Jennifer Lum, Cort Johnson and John Clark about an idea to build an app for #RubyRiot. They felt that, during the event scheduled for February 21, it would be hugely valuable for the attendees to make requests for help and for others to pay it forward through a mobile app, and then connect everyone through Facebook and Twitter.
So, during a hackathon sponsored by Facebook on January 20th, we quickly built version-1 of an HTML5-based mobile app for #RubyRiot. During the hackathon, Mark, our new Kinvey team member, and Morgan ran into some interesting race-condition issues with Facebook, which was extremely insightful for us. Over a few subsequent days, we used PhoneGap to convert it into a native iOS and Android app and submitted the apps to the respective markets/stores.