Last month I have attented Sao Paulo’s edition of Startup Weekend, wich is
a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities.
In other words:
No Talk. All Action. Launch a Startup in 54 hours.
Wich is a great event for “wanna be entrepreneurs” to share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
But, even though I already run my own startup ClickPic, I decided to participate in order to show that it is possible to build a very innovative project quickly using ClickPic’s API’s.
ClickPic’s API’s allow anyone to build websites/applications that leverage image, audio or video recognition.
For example, with image recognition you can build an application that is able to identify a movie when you point your phone’s camera to a DVD cover .
On the other hand, with audio recognition you can build apps like Shazam or SoundHound , but instead of recognizing general songs, you can specify the app to identify a particular audio from a TV Show or Commercial. Be it on the television or on the radio.
Now if you prefer not to rely on audio only, you can leverage ClickPic’s video recognition API to identify a program/movie/etc by pointing your phone to the TV.
In that sense, I decided to pick one of these API’s from ClickPic and build an innovative project on the weekend.
The idea was to build an application that could recognize someone from it’s face and show related information about him/her such as Facebook/LinkedIn and Twitter profiles.
The project was elected the best according to the juri, and I’ll refer you to TechCrunch’s detailed description of it: http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/23/bring-on-the-creepy-faced-me-is-building-a-new-facial-recognition-mobile-app/ .