Idea Bank

Sunday 18th of November 2012 10:31:40 AM

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The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas. ― Linus Pauling

Product development principles

  1. Don't build technology for the sake of technology
  2. Solve for patterns, not for instances
  3. Always ask, "what is the goal?" and "what are you optimizing for?"
  4. Look for leverage, but always invest in your core
  5. Know your core

Take a human desire or need, preferably one that has been around for a really long time... identify that desire and use modern technology to take out steps.

Convenience on the internet is basically achieved by two things: speed, and cognitive ease…

List of ideas and potential projects

  • June 2010
    • Topic map-based, algorithmic website generator that uses input from a bespoke web-based industry monitoring tool in combination with GoogleAnalytics / Google Web Master Tools
    • Web and mobile-based dream product builder (for lead generation and customer surveys) along the lines of MINIUSA.COM with extensive social network integration and branding features
  • April 2012
    • Semantic note taking app for the EdTech sector ( with Freebase and OpenCalais integration - ContextNote
  • November 2012
    • A topic map-based blogging engine and accompanying implementation (blog application)
    • Brandable sales presentations for mobile devices, specifically for tablets / iPads (with off-line mode and combined with the Social media layer plugin, described below, for ratings and reviews)
      • Financial logic calculator (e.g., Castlewood's IRIS tool)
      • Up-to-date prices and accompanying quotation calculators
      • The option to insert the leads into a custom (leads) table, MailChimp email campaign list, and / or into a CRM of choice (e.g., SalesForce, Microsoft CRM).
      • Real-time location-tracking (e.g., iBeacon) within stores
    • CMS for Mobile Platforms (with native client implementations) in terms of content delivery
      • Digital publishing to mobile devices (iPad, Android tablets, etcetera) with both on-line and off-line modes
    • Offer provider (plugin) for mobile devices (mobile's equivalent of landing pages)
    • Brandable catalogue manager (and "shopping cart") for mobile devices (with textual, images, and video content)
      • For example, a menu for restaurants (combined with the Social media layer plugin, described below, for ratings and reviews)
    • Social media layer plugin (for web and mobile applications), specifically covering the social, interest, and location space (Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, respectively)
    • Crowd-sourced (feedback-driven) publishing platform
    • A physical DropBox service (as part of the idea of taking off-line processes and replacing them partially or fully with the on-line equivalents, the opposite (taking on-line experiences and looking for the off-line equivalents) is possible, as well
    • A multi-device, ContextNote-like application in combination with interactive video (not unlike what Mozilla Popcorn Maker produces) aimed at the EdTech sector; a killer combo.
  • December 2012
    • Norwegian travel-related mashup ( based on topic maps and semantic technologies
      • Customized (off-line) travel guides for mobile devices
      • Curated content (guides) complemented with semantic content / open data (e.g., from Freebase and DBpedia)
    • Social Networks consolidation platform: a website and mobile application that pulls all of a company's disparate social networks and content platforms / APIs (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Tumblr, etcetera) together and places them "under one roof".
    • Tagging-based mobile note taking app - NotesTagger; specifically, when integrated with Freebase's API services this app would be an powerful combination of note taking and research activities. Ideal for students (EdTech).
  • January 2013
    • The process of doing homework hasn't changed since... forever. Pupils go to class and at the end of the class, the teacher assigns them homework assignments. The pupils go home and do the homework (with pen and paper) by themselves and hopefully return the next day to school with the homework completed. Homework is essential to ensuring that the pupil gains an understanding of what they are trying to learn. That's where Homework Partner ( comes into the picture. Homework Partner is a learning platform that provides assistance to the pupil while doing homework to help the pupil learn better than ever before. How? The teacher can share homework assignments with her pupils [Pending...]
    • Certification and testing within the educational sector [Pending...]
    • Incorporating NotesTagger (and later on, maybe version 2.0 of NotesMapper) within the Homework Partner suite of apps (brand?). That is, the integration of Freebase's service APIs, YouTube APIs, and APIs in combination with a tagging-oriented note taking app is a powerful combination for, specifically, students (for research purposes).
  • February 2013
    • e-Government - C2G (Citizens to Governments): an app that allows citizens to use their smartphones to submit "proposals" for improvement within their community. A use case would be to take a photo of damaged infrastructure (e.g., a pothole in the road, a traffic sign that has been knocked over, acts of vandalism, storm damage, etcetera) for subsequent submission to bring it to the attention of the (local) authorities. Said entry would be tagged with the location and time (and any other user-submitted tags) and posted to a bespoke feed for these kind of issues. The user of the app can track / monitor the progress that is being made with regards to addressing the issue, request feedback, provide additional information, etcera. Obviously, all of the usual social platform sharing options will be present. Furthermore, up-voting / down-voting of issues will be available, as well.
  • March 2013
    • ContextNote At Web Scale: an application that allows users to attach notes to any web site that they visit by means of a browser extension (Chrome extensions and Firefox extensions) or bookmarklet. When a user visits a web page, the extension retrieves the user's notes for the (current) page. Furthermore, any notes that have been attached to the page by other users as publicly visible notes will also be visible to the user. Notes can be tagged; so a user will also be able to browse a page's (public) notes by means of their accompanying tags. Furthermore, each note will include all of the usual ContextNote artifacts like related images, videos, links, and associations. In addition, the platform will also include a Delicious-like UI to manage and browse your own notes and other people's public notes.
  • October 2013
    • Topic map-based data repository mobile app for specific niche content based on open data sets and enhanced with semantic web services.
      • On-device thread-safe topic map engine for Android (already 95% implemented: October 21, 2013) and iOS (already 40% implemented, December 11, 2013)
      • Using tools like Google Refine and Groovy (scripts) to clean-up, prepare, and import into topic map format for mobile (initially, Android) devices
    • Destination marketing (and tourism) app targeting destination marketing organizations
      • Social sharing layer (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Google+, WhatsApp, SMS, etcetera)
      • Native Foursquare (check-in) integration
      • In-app "booking"
      • In-app "direct call" option (e.g., to hotels, tourist boards, pensions, local authorities, medical services, etcetera)
      • Real-time weather updates for distinct areas
      • Google Maps (and driving instructions) integration
      • Various customer / user "feedback" mechanisms (e.g., email, telephone)
      • External web-services integration for complementary (online) information (e.g., Wikipedia, Flickr, YouTube, news stories)
      • Surface content (activities, restaurants, etcetera) relative to the user's current location and time of day (i.e., morning, afternoon, evening, night)
      • Real-time currency exchange calculator
      • Translations with both text and voice output
      • Topic map-based content structure (powered by an on-device topic map engine)
      • Both online and offline (using an on-device topic map engine) content viewing modes
  • November 2013
    • The coherent marriage of topic maps and data flows / real-time streams (in relation to time, location, and other user-defined criteria and preferences)
      • Computed context layer (i.e., on the fly algorithmic generation of transient associations)


Topic map-based mobile media container

Generic Android-based topic map app - Codex Universalem

Destination marketing mobile app - Example 1

Destination marketing mobile app

  • January 2014
    • Dream Holiday Builder
      • A holiday is a sum of a few parts: the accommodation, the location and the activities. You cannot have a holiday without any one of these. In a way they form a sort of triad. The location can influence the activities and conversely the activities influences the location. The accommodation influences the location and the location influences the accommodation. The activities influences the accommodation and the accommodation influences the activities.
      • So, the 'building' aspect of the app consists of activities being plopped into someone's holiday (drag & drop activity blocks), so that they metaphorically build up their holiday with blocks of what essentially defines a holiday - what you do on it. For example, after having chosen the type of holiday (e.g., exotic beach holiday), the user then goes on to select the activities (appropriate for the type of holiday) that make up their holiday.
      • As an aside to a "Dream Builder" app / widget what about exploring the possibility of a randomizer. Click and you get a holiday that can definitely exist with regards to location/activities and accommodation, which could then be fine-tuned. A bit like Google's "I'm feeling lucky." This could possibly tie in with a price option? "I have XXX money to spend - build it for me."

Dream Holiday Builder mockup

Destination marketing mobile app

  • February 2014
    • ClikLearn ( is a website, iPhone and Android app, and browser extension that helps users discover, search and save learning resources found on the web, and helps learners create their own learning paths based on those learning resources (The Web Is Your Classroom).
      • Rationale: E-learning is changing. What people are looking for is shorter and more modular learning materials that are visually rich, focused on key concepts and principles and interactive. Often this means that the above needs can be (at least, partially) satisfied with relevant blog articles, Wikipedia articles, screen casts and (YouTube) videos. What this means is that people are looking for resources to assist them in their learning process and not courses. That is, people want to be able to pick and choose from a range of learning materials that can contribute to their (evolving) learning goals.
      • Concepts
        1. Initially, learning paths will be an ordered set of learning resources
        2. Learning paths are created by means of a drag-and-drop and a wizard interface
        3. Users can share their resources with other users
        4. Users can share their learning paths with other users (for example, in a teacher-student environment)
      • Feature set (including, but not limited to)
        1. Save learning resources from anywhere
        2. Simple visual learning path planning
        3. Explore your friends' learning paths