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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Instagram snaps turned into physical mail for inmates
The problem with long-term incarceration is that prisoners become isolated from the technology that everyone now uses to communicate with each other. While the outside society is using Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, inmates are restricted to letters and telephone calls. Created by a former prisoner, Pigeonly aims to make it easier for digital natives to communicate with friends and family behind bars by automatically turning smartphone snaps into printed photographs and sending them through the post. READ MORE…
Project leverages Instagram to clean up abandoned bikes on NY streets
We’ve already seen Canada’s Trashswag help document the useable goods that are left on the sidewalk. Now the Dead Pedal NY project is getting residents to document the city’s abandoned bikes via Instagram so authorities can do something about it. READ MORE…
Thanks to ads, Instagrams printed for free
Consumers love to have a tangible version of the smartphone photos they take, leading to almost an entirely new industry dedicated to helping them print their Instagrams. Flag is another, but with a twist. The startup lets users print 20 museum quality photos a month for free, thanks to small ads placed on the back of each print. READ MORE…
App uses Instagram to help travelers instantly determine the vibe of city venues
Instagram may be a great tool for sharing personal photos, but the data in those images can actually provide insight into what’s going on at any point in the world at any time. We’ve already seen Sweden’s Arlanda Airport harness the platform for its Local’s Guide app, and now a new app called Jetpac is using Instagram to let users check the vibe of city venues. READ MORE…
Personalized travel guides created from locals’ Instagrams
We’ve already seen travel recommendations inspired by social media trends in the form of SuggestMe, but now a new app from Sweden’s Stockholm Arlanda Airport — Local’s Guide to Instagram — is using real-time updates by city residents on the photo-sharing platform to enable visitors to discover new locations through a personalized travel guide. READ MORE…
Platform turns Instagram snaps into shops
Fashion businesses know that it’s consumers that set the trends, not designers, and we’ve previously seen a number of initiatives such as Vancl Star‘s crowdsourced modelling app that let shoppers take the limelight. Now Keep has launched a new feature called As Seen On Instagram, which makes photos shared on the social platform shoppable. READ MORE…
Candy startup enables customers to eat their Instagrams
Instagram has turned the average smartphone owner into a photographer, and the app has spawned a number of businesses that help its users to make more of the snaps they take. We’ve already written aboutStitchagram — which places Instagrams on hand-made cushions — and now UK-based Boomf enables anyone to put their favorite photos onto marshmallow candy. READ MORE…

With Feedie, that foodstagram could help nourish a starving child
We’ve already seen Spain’s FoodShareFilter offer a way to leverage Instagram hashtags to promote social causes through the image sharing app. Now Feedie is hoping to use its own platform to turn shared food photos into funds for a charity fighting hunger in South Africa. READ MORE…
Wise Words with Dr Josh Landy
While Instagram itself may be seen as a platform for cat photos, food porn and selfies, its photo-sharing foundation actually has practical uses in industry, as evidenced by the medical-based Figure1. Although it doesn’t come with a range of retro filters, the app is helping the medical community to pool its knowledge in a visual and engaging way, giving health professionals a real, living textbook detailing the symptoms of many diseases, conditions and traumas. As well as enabling health professionals to post informative images, the social nature of the app also facilitates medical discussion, education and sharing on a wide scale.
We spoke to Dr Josh Landy – co-founder and CMO of Figure1 – to find out how he juggles his role as an entrepreneur while still serving as an on-call hospital physician. READ MORE…
Through app, consumers rewarded for selling Instagram snaps to brands
We recently saw Locket enable consumers to get paid for giving up their lock screen to advertising. Now SnapMyAd is another app that gains Instagram users rewards for letting brands use their smartphone shots in ad campaigns. READ MORE…
In Australia, hotel caters for Instagram junkies
Springwise recently wrote about tourist-friendly stands designed by Japanese company Sunpole – helping them to take scenic selfies on their mobile devices – and our latest spotting has also recognized the importance of social media for capturing holidaymakers’ memories. The 1888 Hotel in Australia is integrating Instagram into its offerings, with facilities dedicated especially for smartphone photographers. READ MORE…
‘Medical Instagram’ helps build a library of reference photos for doctors
The power of the visual sharing that makes platforms such as Instagram so popular has been harnessed by retailers like Ask CT Food to share knowledge about cooking, but could the same be done for the medical world? Figure1 enables health professionals to upload and share photos of conditions, creating online discussion as well as crowdsourcing a database of reference images. READ MORE…
Platform offers visual lesson plan ideas for teachers
With all of the resources the web has to offer, teachers can now go beyond the textbook when organizing their lessons plans, and tools such as Learnist have already made it easier for them to collect their online research. Now Linked2Teach aims to provide a way for educators to gain inspiration by seeing what’s going on in classrooms around the world through themed pinboards. READ MORE…
In Spain, NGO taps ‘foodstagrams’ to fight world hunger
Instagram is a useful tool for sharing our lives visually with others and it’s probably a sign of how comfortable the Western world currently is that one of its most popular uses is ‘foodstagrams’ – photos of everyday meals. We’ve already seen one restaurant tap the social media service to build a user-created menu, but now a Spanish charity is aiming to fight world hunger with its FoodShareFilter app, which enables the sharing of food photos on Instagram while raising money for the cause. READ MORE…
In New York, restaurant taps Instagram users to create a visual menu
With the average diner likely to head out to eat with a smartphone in their pocket, it’s no surprise to see restaurants taking advantage of this. Your Smart Butler has already paved the way towards customers ordering meals on their handsets, and New York eatery Comodo is now tapping into the social side of things, with its Instagram Menu. READ MORE…