Storm Cloud mobile app wins developers $10K at GeekFest ’11

Last night at GeekFest ’11 at the Ontario Science Centre a duo from the West Coast dropped in and rode away with the $10K first-place prize.

A mobile app designed for skiers, boarders and ski resorts won Vancouver developers Michael Heyd and Kelly Miller the prestigious “Ultimate Geeks” tag at GeekFest. The pair developed a mobile app called ‘Storm Cloud’ that aids skiers with powder alerts, lift lineups, finding friends on the hill and more.

“We’re looking forward to taking Storm Cloud beyond Whistler Blackcomb to other ski hills in Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere,” Heyd said, after winning over voters following a Dragon’s Den-like competition between the four Geek finalists.

Storm Cloud was the overwhelming favorite of the audience of T4G employees, customers and guests. An avid skier, Heyd works in T4G’s Vancouver office. Some of the features of Storm Cloud are:

  • Weather forecasts and instant alerts when there is fresh powder on the mountain;
  • Lineup lengths at various lifts;
  • Connects to Facebook and with GPS in the Smartphone can provide instant locations of the user and any friends skiing;
  • Immediate connections and locating with Ski Patrol emergency staff;
  • Tracking features such as speed and vertical feet skied by each individual skier, boarder and friends.

GeekFest is T4G’s annual showcase of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Open to T4G employees and invited guests, it is one part trade show, one part ideas competition, and one part inspirational keynote; this year by solar energy entrepreneur John Paul Morgan.