Today on the main stage is Sadie Bascom, Bump Evangelist at Bump Technologies. Have you heard about this hip new technology? Bump is a quick and easy way to connect two phones by simply bumping them together. Share contact info, pictures, calendar events, and even connect to social networks with just a bump! Meet Sadie and find out what Bump can do for your career, social life, and home- Momma Earth. Here’s your chance to be in the know without having to go anywhere. Prop your feet up and enjoy!

LC: Other than the fact that Bump Technologies is the first company to virtually eliminate the need for post-its, Hallmark stationary, and business cards, what about Bump gets you up in the morning?

SB: I think it is an interesting new technology with the potential to have a huge impact on the way we communicate with each other in the future. We’re turning your mobile device into something that you can use in the real world, not just the virtual world, which has never been done before. Really it’s an amazing concept, almost magical! I’m excited that I have an opportunity to be a part of the great innovation.

LC: For the first time ever, I am proposing we conduct a mathematical estimate. Here we go. Bump allows users to set up a virtual contact card, eliminating the need for people to carry around physical business cards. On average, professionals use about 250 business cards per year. Question: Assuming two medium sized trees constitutes one cord, and one cord produces 898,700 business cards. How many trees has Bump Technologies saved?
Hint: 898,700/2 =449,350. One tree makes 449,350 business cards.
Reminder: Bump eliminates the need for many kinds of paper products such as calendars and invites! This is just a small section.

SB: Well there have been about 20 million people who have downloaded our app in the past year. So assuming none of those people have given out a single business card and we’ve had these 20 million people for a whole year, if my math is correct, we could have saved 11,127 trees. We know that most of our users do in fact still distribute business cards, however we’d like Bump to become the norm for exchanging contact information phone to phone. If this happens we could save whole forests worth of trees!

LC: Coupled with the other ways Bump conserves paper, I can imagine a future filled with people frolicking in lush green forests bumping their phones together while kicking their heels to the sweet sounds of nature. Kids will be saying, “Why didn’t you Bump me to your sweet sixteen? I Bumped you to mine!” What is your vision of the future and what kind of tricks does Bump have up its sleeve to maintain its innovative industry-leading edge?

SB: We’re just focused on creating something that everyone will find useful. If it’s making your lives easier and fills a need, we’re happy. We spend a great deal of time listening to our users: what they like, what they dislike, what’s not working, and what they want to bump in the future, etc and use these comments/requests to build a more solid, useful service. That said, the actual Bump Technology can also be leveraged across all kinds of platforms. For example, PayPal integrated our API into their mobile app which allows you to bump money from one phone to another. At the end of the day our goal is just to be relevant in people’s day-to-day lives.

LC: Of course I love the app for environmental reasons, but being the photo-shooting junkie that I am, I also appreciate the fact that I can Bump photos to my friends at any time. How else does the app connect people?

SB: Bump 2.0 brings connecting with people to a whole new level. Photo sharing aside, we’ve made it super easy for you to connect on facebook/linkedin/twitter when you’re out and about by simply bumping phones together. You can bump appointments or invites right off your calendar, and our chat feature also keeps you connected by letting you send unlimited messages/photos/contacts for free – it’s an awesome alternative for those of you who don’t have a texting plan.

LC: Where can my lovely loyal readers learn more about this application? Has Bump been in the news lately? Can I get a 10-4 confirmation that this app is free?

SB: Sure, we’ve gotten a lot of great press over the past few months. We’ve compiled it all for easy viewing – visit the press section on our website. And yes! Bump is absolutely free on both the iTunes App store and the Android Market.

Thanks Sadie! Hope we Bump into each other sometime soon! Ha ha yes, I am so funny.

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