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We made this page to educate both developers and comedians about integrations that have worked well at past CHD events. This can provide a sense of what works best, worst, and what's even possible in hopes of sparking an idea or two.

We recommend all participants show up with 1-3 ideas they're most excited about. Tighten up each idea as you'll only have 60 seconds to pitch all your ideas.

THE BEST IDEAS

More than anything, the best CHD ideas have a single, strong joke at their core and they're actually possible to execute/build. It's great when an idea has a really hilarious premise; it solves a non-problem or a real problem in a comedic way; or there's some degree of commentary baked into its reason-for-being.

Beyond just imagining the idea for a tech product, imagine what that product looks like and how a prototype could quickly come together. The more functional something is, the better it serves your final demo, so cater your pitches more to things that feel possible to pull off. 

THE WORST IDEAS

A bad idea is hateful, wrong-headed, impossible to pull off, or have already been done before. We know more than anybody that comedy can push boundaries and challenge people, but we flat-out won't tolerate hateful or wrong-headed shit. 

Impossible to pull off ideas are okay if there's at least a UI (user interface) or some piece of full idea that could be created to showcase the idea's potential. But if the idea requires a giant, complex piece of hardware like some robot alarm clock then skip it. 

Finally, a list of some oft-pitched ideas at past CHD events includes: Yelp for people, goofy voices/personalities for GPS directions, and almost anything that's Tinder for _____. Ideas about decreasing time on social media come frequently and offer ripe territory, but they demand extra inventiveness (we've had a lot of low-hanging-fruit ideas on this front and none have ever made the finals). 

DO NOT PITCH YELP FOR PEOPLE. 

APIS / DATA SETS / TOOLS

MailChimp (Sponsor) - Automates emailing. Think about automatic email services, or something that emails you every time _____ happens. It's possible.

Kimono Labs - Turn any website into an API. You can imagine any idea that requires scrubbing sites/pages for a certain piece of information, then doing something with that collection. 

Google Hangouts - You can build and integrate your ideas into Google Hangouts

Twilio - Programmatically make and receive phone calls and send and receive text messages. It is very easy to build products that text, call, or otherwise interact with people's phones.

YouTube - Upload videos, modify video data, and otherwise manipulate the place we spend all our time. 

Foursquare - They have a great API with location data on every restaurant, shop, or any other physical place you might go to eat or entertain yourself.

Giphy - GIFs galore! 

 TOOLS

Squarespace - A very easy way to get a site up for your app. Ideally, everything made has some kind of simple site or landing page. 

Firebase - Tools and infrastructure you need to build better apps.

Heroku - Probably the fastest way to get your app online.

IFTTT - (If This Then That) Creates a chain of automated events with no code. Non-developers take note, nearly an endless array of If/Then circumstances can be quickly and easily created. Examples: 

  • If you post a link on Facebook IFTTT can send you an email
  • If your Nest home thermometer reaches 80 IFTTT can tweet something
  • If a particular song plays on your Spotify IFTTT can publish something to Medium, Slack, and email you listings for a particular object on Craigslist.

WHERE TO FIND MORE APIS

Apigee - Browse more APIs and test in their sandbox. Included:

  • Echonest - Billions of data points about music

  • Etsy - Bring Etsy's handmade marketplace and community into your apps.

MashApe - A third place to look at tons of APIs