Developer conducting free app contest for businesses

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Local business owners and organizations could soon have a new application for Apple devices promoting their businesses thanks to a new contest by Brainwash Inc.

Until Friday, Denton business owners can submit ideas online for iOS apps they would like to have created, and Brainwash owner and developer Bear Cahill will choose five to 10 for the public to vote on. From the votes, one winner will be selected for Cahill to create an application on their behalf, he said.

“I thought, how can I use my skills to raise awareness of what we have here, and at the same time help a company that may not have the budget or resources to do that kind of thing?” he said.

With the startup technology and developer scene growing in Denton, Cahill thought now would be a good time to do something to bring awareness to his company and others in the area. Many local businesses still aren’t aware of websites such as Create Denton, and the numerous technology professionals available locally for projects.

For the submissions, Cahill said he is looking to help a company that already helps the community in some way, and hopefully the app itself could also foster community engagement.

“I’m looking for the best ideas that seem to be the most realistic to do, have a bang for the buck and are creative,” he said. “Then, I’ll put it up for a vote on the site to see what people would think would be most interesting for the community.”

Companies that don’t have a specific idea for an app can also enter the contest, he said. While a lot may not think an app would be beneficial to their business, Cahill said he is willing to work with them to find an idea to help the business and community.

“A lot of companies don’t think an app is in their market, but I’m sure 10 or 20 years ago people didn’t think their company needed a website,” he said. “A company maybe doesn’t think it’s an obvious transition, but I don’t want them to not benefit from this because they don’t have a set idea in mind.”

To submit an idea, businesses and organizations can visit brainwashinc.com/dentonapp.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


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