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In the summer of 2009 Michel Boerrigter and I (Jasper Hartong) formed the initial vision to create a smart personal assistant. We were both intrigued by the amount of possibilities new (mobile) technology brought forward and the lack of innovation in applications until then, to truly change the way we live. After several brainstorms in the course of over six months, we had defined a huge opportunity in bringing intelligence to the calendar. An application that seems to know everything a person is planning to do, but does not much more than sit on top of that behavioural data gold mine.
Calendar42 seamlessly integrates real-time up-to-date travel information into your daily life. Based on your appointments, conversations, current location and actual traffic situations, it makes sure you always have the right information at hand.
Since we released our mobile app we have been working around the clock to improve it. Currently the main goal of the app is still to support our Flex42 and Track42 users, although it also already gained traction among other adventurous planners.
2006, was the year Google came into the digital calendar market with their online system “Google Calendar“. From the beginning of the nineties, until this point, little innovation had actually taken place in digital calendars. Although they were definitely not the first to bring the digital calendar online, its entry was met with high expectations.
Yes! We have won, not one, but two awards in the European ITS in your pocket 2014 competition.
Calendar42 became first in the category: ‘Boost the use of multimodal transportation’, one of the three main categories at the event. Next to that we also won an additional award for the ‘Best application utilizing open data’. Winning two out of six awards with forty-six submissions from twenty countries felt pretty awesome.
1993, brought forward something completely different, a slight peak into the future: the Apple Newton operating system. It was found on devices in the so called PDA (personal digital assistant) category, like the Apple MessagePad9 and it relied heavily on handwriting recognition.
A flexible lifestyle is defined as a way of living in which people plan their life by easily and last- minute responding to the dynamic circumstances surrounding them. People with this lifestyle have a shorter planning horizon and tend to act more impulsive. For instance responding on the weather by procrastinating work to the evening as to still enjoy a bit of the unexpected sunshine in the afternoon. Or arriving late at a meeting just to get a cup of coffee with a friend that has been away for a while.
This year Calendar42 will be present at the Life I live music festival in The Hague to test out some cool new features! Join us on the 25th of April, when The Hague’s city center will be transformed into one big (free) festival area filled with live music and DJs.
1993 brought forward the first implementations of the still used archetypes and the first version of what would later be called Microsoft Outlook: MS Schedule+.
1987, showed a different direction in the development of digital calendaring with Lotus Agenda a so-called free-form Personal Information Manager. It handled human readable phrases, like “See Bob on Wednesday 3pm” to be added without any pre-processing.