HOOPFEST IS JUST NINE DAYS AWAY. AND FOR THE FIRST
TIME EVER... IT'S OFFERING A MOBILE APP TO HELP YOU
FOLLOW TEAMS, FIND COURTS AND EVEN GET INFORMATION
ON EVENTS AND SERVICES.
DEREK DEIS INTRODUCES US TO THE APP CREATOR... IN
OUR LATEST EDITION OF "MADE IN THE NORTHWEST".
MATT BROWN OF SPOKANE IS ONE HALF OF RANSDELL BROWN.
"we're a software consulting company. we develop
custom software solutions for companies all over the
BUT THE COMPANY OFTEN GETS ASKED TO CREATE MOBILE
APPS. AND DURING HOOPFEST LAST YEAR... BROWN DECIDED
THE TOURNAMENT NEEDED ONE OF ITS OWN.
"i'm a dad. i have two kids. we're following multiple
teams. and we were huddled around the paper sheets.
the brackets. and it dawned on me that hoopfest
needs an app."
HE DEVELOPED A PROTOTYPE. AND HOOPFEST... WHICH WAS
ALREADY IN A NATIONWIDE SEARCH FOR AN APP CREATOR...
GAVE THE LOCAL GUY THE CONTRACT.
"i think we got it because we know the tournament
and we could speak the language of hoopfest, which
is it's all about the tournament, all about trying
to manage your time. how to figure out what you're
going to do next."
"it was a win-win. we're a community event, we have
community partners and the app is no different."
NEW HOOPFEST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR... AND FORMER GONZAGA
STAR... MATT SANTANGELO THINKS THE APP CAN CHANGE
HOW PEOPLE INTERACT WITH THE EVENT.
IT ALLOWS YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR FRIENDS' AND FAMILY'S
TEAMS... AND EVEN RESEARCH YOUR OPPONENTS... ON YOUR
"at a glance, you can see what team's playing, when
they're playing and also a link to their court."
THE "WHAT IF" FEATURE IS BROWN'S FAVORITE.
"you can ask the app, the next game we play, if we
win, what time do we play next? and if we lose, what
time do we play next? and that lets you kind of plan
AND YOU CAN EASILY SHARE THAT INFORMATION IN A TEXT
MESSAGE, AN EMAIL OR ON SOCIAL MEDIA.
"it used to be that you'd just get cross streets for
your court location. but not anymore. with the app,
they can pinpoint your court to within just a few
feet, which is especially useful if you're playing
in a parking lot."
"we're accessing google maps and we are creating markers
based on the gps location of all of the court locations."
NEED TO FIND THE X-RAY TENT? THE APP HAS G-P-S LOCATIONS
FOR ALL THE PLACES YOU MIGHT NEED TO FIND.
"info tents, lost child, bathrooms, x-rays and first
WANT TO WATCH THE TOYOTA SHOOTOFF... OR ANOTHER EVENT?
THAT INFORMATION IS IN THE APP, TOO.
"be able to say, 'yeah, i wouldn't mind going to see
the dunk contest. when is that? okay. that fits
in between son number one and son number two's games.
let's go over there.'"
BROWN IS HOPING TO ADD A DIRECT SCORING FEATURE TO
THE APP NEXT YEAR. AND EVEN THOUGH HE'S A LITTLE
NERVOUS ABOUT THE BRACKETS GOING LIVE... HE'S THRILLED
TO BE A PART OF THE HOOPFEST EXPERIENCE.
"it's such a great tournament and such a great event,
but hopefully, this makes it better. enhances the
event even more."
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST... I'M DEREK DEIS... KXLY