Leaders in Vermont’s growing digital economy will be at the 2012 Woodstock Digital Media Festival this weekend, June 22-23, 2012. One reason is that the popular “Digital Vermont” session, held at last year’s Festival, will be returning this year at 3:30 PM on Saturday in the Woodstock Historical Society to cover some of the achievements and current issues facing the digital media sector in the state.
Cathy Resmer, associate publisher and online editor for Seven Days (www.sevendaysvt.com) has pulled together a panel of application developers in Vermont, who will demonstrate and talk about their apps. Resmer hopes to hear what it’s like to develop mobile apps here in Vermont, which “…is not Silicon Valley, where there are engineers all over the place.” Resmer would like the session to explore the challenges as well as the successes in developing cutting-edge applications in Vermont, and to hear from the panel’s digital entrepreneurs, “How and why do you work in Vermont?”
Tom Jaros, Empower Mobility
Tom Jaros is president and founder of Empower Mobility (www.empowermobility.com), which designs and develops applications for a variety of mobile platforms and clients. Jaros is also Vice President of the Vermont Technology Alliance, a nonprofit supporting Vermont's tech industry with projects such as the magazine, Tapping Tech, and the VT Tech Jam, a two day event showcasing Vermont technology firms and job offerings.
In the Digital Vermont session, Jaros will speak about his work with the University of Vermont Extension to produce a mobile app for Vermont farmers. The state requires farmers and companies that apply manure to follow regulations designed to protect the environment, including reporting on the amounts and types of manure used on their fields. Jaros’s new app, developed in partnership with an agronomist from the UVM Extension, enables farmers to record details on their manure usage right from their tractors using a mobile device, and then to upload that data directly to the state’s monitoring database.
Darren Clarke, Redaranj LLC
Darren Clarke is mobile application developer and native Vermonter. After building databases and web sites in New York and Boston, Clarke returned home to found Redaranj LLC. The company's first product is a music sharing application called Recollect, which integrates with Twitter to allow users to create, collect and share music recommendations. Billed on the company website (www.redaranj.com) as the “best way to recommend and discover new music on Twitter,” Recollect has been an Apple "staff favorite" and appears in the social networking and music discovery "essentials" sections of the iOS App Store.
Anna Palmer, WinWin Apps
Anna Palmer is Founder and CEO of WinWinApps, a software development and micro venture capital company. According to its website (blog.winwinapps.com), the company “studies behavior and seeks technological solutions to increase efficiency in what people are already doing,” whether in school systems, non-profit organizations, families or groups of friends. A popular WinWin app is “Marble Jar,” which helps families set goals, track progress and celebrate success. Marble Jar can be used on an iPhone, iPad or Android to devise and track simple goals, like getting out of the house in the morning, and even more complex concepts, like learning how to be a good friend. In the Digital Vermont session, Palmer will talk about WinWin’s newest app in development, “Shake It Up.”