Today we headed off to LAX via Sydney for Build. This was part of our prize for winning Spotlight 2011. Made our way out to the hotel via the shuttle to Anaheim jumping on the Disney Express Shuttle ($22 p/p + tip) and they drop you at your hotel which is pretty cool.
Then off to the Convention Centre to pick up our badges. Walking into the convention centre the registration area is MASSIVE, in fact the whole area is huge. Looking forward to the big keynote tomorrow!
Last Wednesday, after months of really hard work, we presented our Spotlight competition entry to an audience of over 100 people including Microsoft staff, Government officials and of course Teched Australia attendees. We were up against some great competition with some really cool applications using government data.
The competition came down to audience vote at the end of the night, and we’re excited to be able to say we WON!
As part of our prize we’re off to BUILD next week and hopefully gain some knowledge on how to expand TransHub onto other devices/platforms in the near future.
We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and all the people that came and spoke to us during the event about the application.
We’d also like to thank those that helped us test and make the application better. We’re taking feedback over at http://feedback.transhub.com so we can put in the features you think are most important.
TransHub Sydney can be downloaded at http://syd.transhub.com
We’re currently looking for beta testers for TransHub Perth – so please get in contact at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re in Perth, have a WP7 and would like to test it out for a week for us. We’ll put out announcement for other cities really soon aswell so stay tuned.
Lastly, a big thanks to Emily for her hard work during the program. She did a great job and came up with some great swag – Fruit Ninja shirts, Fruit Ninja Mango juice, and don’t forget those awesome “spotlight”s
We released a sneak peak on our upcoming Windows Phone 7 application TransHub to facebook earlier in the week and were overwhelmed with a few common questions we thought would be best answered here so everyone can benefit. It’s been great to see interest in the application and we’ve had lots of offers from people to help beta test etc. so thank you all very much for your support.
What is TransHub?
TransHub provides personalised, reliable public transport planning as a Windows Phone 7 application. Transhub removes the hassle of confusing timetables and frustrating journey planning for Sydney public transport. By combining state of the art travel planning, up to date timetables and full personalisation, Transhub saves you time by providing the most accurate and quickest routes (by bus, train, and/or ferry) to your destination in a matter of seconds. With an activated GPS, Transhub will update your map showing you where you are and where you need to take the next step of your trip.
For those who want to get a feel for what the application looks like here’s some screen grabs from the application. We’ve taken screen shots with the black theme but it also looks great in the white theme.
When will it be available?
We’ve submitted the application to the marketplace for certification and expect it to be live in the next few days. As it was the first release and was on a strict deadline for the Spotlight program we didn’t get all the features in we really wanted so we’re already preparing an updated version fixing a few issues our beta testers have identified and adding a bunch of extra feature to improve the overall application experience.
Is it available for other cities?
At this stage we are aiming the initial releases at Sydney, so we can road test it on an audience and make some improvements you want to see. We have plans to expand to other cities in the future if the application is successful, so stay tuned for a TransHub near you.
How can I ask for features that I want?
At the moment the best way for bug reports, feature requests or general questions is to drop us an email at email@example.com but we’re looking at setting up systems for feature requests, and voting on features and changes soon.