Student James Yothers has been to Disneyland a handful of times, and that was enough for him to spot an inefficiency in their Fastpass system. The idea behind Fastpass is that someone can effectively make an appointment to go on a certain ride at a certain time, and thus skip the endless lines that amusement parks are known for. However, that appointment may be hours in the future, and there is no way to acquire another pass while one waits to use the first one. Until now: Yothers hacked through this issue by building Exchange Disneyland Fastpass, an app that facilitates Fastpass trades. The app was built by Yothers and Caly Moss, Kevin Liang, Justin Cheung, Josh Wyatt, Alexander Gugel, and Salman Kahn.
Whether you are just starting a career or fully embedded in an industry, solid contacts are invaluable. Right now, people mostly use friends of friends or industry events to network. Social networks such as LinkedIn can be used to make connections, but like Facebook, LinkedIn is usually more about acknowledging an existing relationship than creating a new one, especially one of real substance.
That’s where Twenty comes in. The project, a work-in-progress from a team of Hack Reactor students, connects users with professionals in their area for 20-minute meet-ups.