Press Release: Feedly Magazine and Sharendipity Names Winners of Ning Appathon

Panel of Judges Wired’s Chris Anderson, Ning Chairman and Co-founder Marc Andreessen, and Managing Director of building43 Robert Scoble Selected Winning Developers; New Apps have Potential to reach Millions Simultaneously across the Ning Platform

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Nov. 19, 2009 – Ning, (www.ning.com), the social platform for the world’s interests and passions online, today announced that Feedly Magazines took home the $5,000 prize for best original application and Sharendipity won the $4,000 prize for best ported application in the first global Ning Appathon competition. The applications were judged on creativity, usability, how well they integrate with Ning Networks, viral features, and usefulness.

Submissions for the weeklong competition were judged by Wired Editor-in-chief and DIY Drones Network Creator Chris Anderson, Ning Chairman and Co-founder Marc Andreessen, and blogger and Managing Director of building43 Robert Scoble. The competition began on Nov. 5 with all submissions due on Nov. 12.

“We’ve seen massive, wide-scale adoption of applications across the Web, on the Ning Platform, and mobile devices,” said Diego Doval, chief product officer at Ning. “People are coming to expect and require the flexibility to make technology their own and adapt it to fit their unique needs. This usage pattern will drive the future of application development, one that will largely be dictated by the consumer.”

Ning Apps, based on the OpenSocial standard, empower Ning Network Creators with a greater set of choices over the functionality of their Ning Network. Through the addition of Ning Apps, Network Creators can provide a rich, more customized experience unique to the context of their Ning Network. For example, Network Creators can use Ning Apps to increase engagement by adding features like video chat, mobile video streaming, and shared workspaces; or add additional revenue streams through merchandise and ticketing features. They can also support causes related to their Ning Network through a variety of charitable giving Ning Apps.

Since the launch of Ning Apps in September, more than 20 percent of active Ning Networks have installed at least one Ning App, ultimately reaching more than 9 million users on the Ning Platform.

In addition to awarding cash prizes to the two winning submissions, the judges also picked four finalists for recognition. The developers of two finalist original Ning Apps and two finalist ported Ning Apps each received $500.

"Developing on the Ning Platform allows us to create apps that can reach hundreds — to hundreds of thousands — of members across a single Ning Network instantly, something we can't find on any other platform," said Edwin Khodabakchian, developer of Feedly Magazines. "With our Ning App, Network Creators can curate and compile their own magazine with content unique to the topic of their Ning Network and interests of their members."

The winning submissions include:

Best Original Ning App

  • Feedly Magazines to add a custom magazine application (winner)
  • Snipi to enable sharing of favorite content from the Web (finalist)
  • Listings to post classified ads, developed by Apps.IO (finalist)

Best Ported Ning App

  • Sharendipity to make custom web applications and widgets (winner)
  • NutshellMail to create daily digests of emails from a Ning Network (finalist)
  • Ortist to share drawings and creations through a graphical scrapbook (finalist)

Along with the winning Ning Apps, two additional Ning Apps were made available this week, Opinion and Top Friends. The Opinion Ning App allows Network Creators to pose a question to members and then view their responses in a tag cloud or list. With the Top Friends Ning App, members can list and organize their top friends on a given Ning Network.

Prospective Ning Apps developers can find Ning Apps resources, including API documentation, sample code, and discussion forums at http://developer.ning.com. For a complete list of Ning Apps, please visit: http://developer.ning.com/ningapps.

About Ning

Ning is the social platform for the world’s interests and passions online. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Ning offers an easy-to-use service that allows people to join and create Ning Networks. With more than 1.9 million Ning Networks created and 40 million registered users, millions of people every day are coming together across Ning to explore and express their interests, discover new passions, and meet new people around shared pursuits. Ning was founded in October 2004 by Gina Bianchini and Marc Andreessen. The company is privately held. For more information, visit www.ning.com.