A little bit of SxSW Inspiration (and I wasn’t even there)

I wasn’t at SXSW this year, and neither was Ben. But a little project of ours, ThemeSong, was mentioned at Kathy Sierra’s Making Breakthroughs Happens Session. I thought that was pretty cool.

Honestly, the only reason it came into being beyond our office was that there was a PittMFUG meeting coming up and it seemed like a cool thing to show at a meeting. We’re both amazed at how much attention it’s getting on twitter.

I read about roomware server one night and brought it up to Ben at work the next morning. I came up with the idea to make an app that played a song when you enter or leave the room with your phone or other bluetooth device. Ben built the app. That became ThemeSong.

The server was a little wonky, but it’s fun to play with.

It goes to show that you never know where a quick little idea will go. It reminds me of a point Dan Saffer made at his CMU talk last night: an idea is nothing until you make something with it. (not an exact quote, obviously).

So what’s my point? Make stuff! Even if it’s a silly idea, you never know what it might lead you to next and you never know who else might think it’s interesting.

And if you’re wondering, my theme song is the first few seconds of Drive Like Jehu’s Step on Chameleon.