If you’re anything like us here at Wufoo, you know about the magical qualities of a) caffeine, b) working with amazing & talented people, and c) hackathons. We decided to combine all three and took some time from our regular scheduled day-to-day work to participate in the quarterly SurveyMonkey Hackathon.
We broke off into teams to spend a caffeine-fueled 26-or-so hours experimenting and developing ideas that we’ve been kicking around for a bit. And while these are hardly finished products, we thought it would be cool to give our loyal Wufoo customers (that’s you!) a quick glimpse of some of what we were working on. Think of it like a teaser trailer of things to come.
But first, a quick side note: we also had a side competition for best logo and we decided to go on a nostalgia binge and summoned all the 8-bit we could from within ourselves to come up with the logos for these projects. To help set the scene, we also had theme music, which you should now listen to courtesy of this awesome chiptuned track from Soundcloud. Trust me, it totally sets the mood.
## CODENAME: WuBox
The first project was from Larry Kuang, one of the engineers on Wufoo. We’re all big fans of Dropbox here at Wufoo (we use it constantly for sharing files, docs, everything really) and thought Wufoo users might be, too. So Larry decided to take on the challenge and brewed up a quick integration with Dropbox and named it **WuBox**.
Instead of storing uploaded files from users who fill out your Wufoo form, we thought it’d be great if the file was instead uploaded to your Dropbox account. Perfect for freelancers to get images, logos, or other assets from clients right into their own Dropbox account.
Larry temporarily set Dropbox up as a notification partner integration which made it ridiculously easy to setup and get running. Add your App Key and App Secret, choose where you’d like filed uploaded to your form to be stored, and you’re done.
When a user uploads a file to the form, it’ll be automatically be uploaded to the Dropbox account for you to use, instantly.
**WuBox** and this integration **isn’t** ready for prime time just yet, but rest assured, we’re working on it and would love your feedback and comments about this so please let us know what you think.
## CODENAME: WuSign
Next up was a collaboration between Chandra Nagaraja, Tom Slykhouse, and Adam Lichtenstein, three more engineers on the Wufoo team. They had an idea: wouldn’t it be cool to be able to add your signature to a form when you fill it out? That way, we would remove the need for people to print out PDFs or other forms just to sign it. Now you’d just fill out the form AND sign at the same time. They decided to build it and they named it **WuSign**.
When setting up your form and you want to add a signature field, you’ll be able to add a signature field type just like you would any other field types. Simply drag the signature field to your form, save it and boom. Your users will be able to sign their forms instantly. Best of all, the signature field works on mobile devices like your iPhone or other such mobile computing device, so it’s even easier to sign.
We think **WuSign** is really cool and there are a lot more technical and design hurdles we need to clear before it’s ready for everyday use, but rest assured that we’re working hard to make sure this is as easy to use as it is awesome.
We hope you enjoyed this sneak peek at our hackathon projects as much as we enjoyed working on them. Remember, this is merely a quick look at some awesome new features that we worked on for 26-or-so hours, so they are definitely not finished products.
We’re working feverishly to make these features as easy to use as possible and to put the final polish on them that you’ve come to expect from us here at Wufoo. It’s a quick preview of **some** of the **many** things we’re cooking up here and hope you’re as excited about them as we are.
Please let us know what you think in the comments below!