Inman Connect conferences are where real estate intersects with technology. Having more and more users coming from the real estate industry, we decided to go to Inman Connect in San Francisco last month, and make an impression. So we enrolled in the Developer Challenge, in which participants have 48 hours to develop a web application for real estate from scratch and present it to attendees.
Here’s what we built: a simple web app that transforms in one-click a real estate listing into a video virtual tour, right in your browser. It is live and functional and you can check it out right here. How it works: first install on your browser our bookmark, then look at a property listing on either realtor.com, zillow.com or trulia.com, and use the bookmark you just saved: the property video will create itself on-the-fly, in a few seconds.
The crowd weren’t the only enthusiasts, and the Inman News decided to give us a special award by selecting Stupeflix as their favorite app. The voting system didn’t really work at the event* so we really appreciate this extra step in rewarding our efforts:
“We liked Stupeflix’s innovative concept for quick and easy video presentations. There is ample raw potential there for how this on-the-fly video tool would be widely used for its sheer simplicity”, said the Inman News editorial department in its review of the developer contestants.
“The Stupeflix video-generating tool snoops for photos and relevant text and agent and company contact information and wraps that into a cohesive and impressive short video with an automated voiceover. The Stupeflix tool could prove useful to agents in preparing property presentations to clients on short notice and while out in the field.”
Stupeflix is particularly useful to real estate by making it easy to create videos showcasing properties. Real estate agents and brokers can use the Stupeflix Studio to create videos online in a few simple steps. Real estate (web) developers can use the Stupeflix API to automatically transform listings in videos that can be shared on Facebook, spread on YouTube or watched on mobile devices.
* Hats-off to the RentJuice team who built a very cool app and won the contest. Unfortunately the SMS-based voting system didn’t work properly during the event due to network saturation, and we feel the end results don’t translate the overwhelming positive response we got from the audience that day. C’est la vie.