Welcome to issue #6 of the No-code Analysis newsletter, a deep dive into no-code, product development, user experience, and technology.
Here’s what you’ll read about in this issue:
- Makerpad T30 Challenge winners
- NoCodeDevs community launch on Product Hunt
- Zero Code Conference 2020
- Announcing No-Code Quarterly
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The no-code community has been very busy over recent weeks. A cluster of community activities and events has us excited about the incredible work coming out of the no-code community. We can only scratch the surface here, but this week we’ll share a brief preview of a few notable happenings.
Makerpad T30 Challenge winners announced
When it kicked off in early September, the Makerpad T30 Challenge had a simple proposition. Urging no-code creators to “build whatever you like without code in 30 days”, the contest offered a cohort of creators the opportunity to build together and receive guidance and support from a panel of respected judges.
The month of September came and went quickly, with many creators building in public and sharing their progress along the way. After much anticipation, Makerpad has announced three winners:
- Neo, a digital health and fitness coaching app created by Andrew Dowd and Luke Kavanagh.
- Daily.so, an app for asynchronous daily video check-ins created by Kieran.
- Gamebuilder, a multi-player Zelda game builder created by Jason.
Each of these apps is impressive in their own way, even more so considering the fact that they were created in only one month.
Congratulations to all the creators and the countless others that participated in the T30 challenge. It was a pleasure to watch you on your journeys.
The NoCodeDevs community on Product Hunt
The NoCodeDevs community recently launched an enhanced and improved version 2.0 of their platform, to great accolades from the no-code community.
Described by the founder, Art West, as “as a cross between Indie Hackers, Facebook Groups and Slack”, the site is packed with collaborative features including community spaces, tutorials, and chat channels.
With a successful re-launch in the rearview mirror and over 500 members in the community, the community launched on Product Hunt on October 3, 2020. When the dust settled for the day, NoCodeDevs had been voted the #2 product launch of the day.
After the Product Hunt launch, I had a chance to connect with Art to get his take on how the re-launch is going.
What inspired you to rebuild the community from the ground up?
The simple answer is control. The software that I was previously using was Mighty Networks. Mighty Networks had a number of good features, but I was very limited in terms of control of the data and growth of the platform.
So I decided to take this leap and build it using Webflow and Circle, a community management tool that's quite new. You completely have control of the layout, the theme, the branding, the code. They allow you to develop using the API as well. So for me, looking into the long term, it was the ability to scale.
How many members were in the community before the 2.0 launch? And how many before and after the Product Hunt launch?
So, I wanted to sort of make that transition as easy as possible for the users and make this friction as low as possible, so that they could basically just log in quickly, and their account would all be there and their information would be migrated over.
It took quite a bit of time to pull that data out of the Mighty Network system, and upload it into Circle via their tools and API.
We had about 1500 registered users on the Mighty Networks platform. When all of those users were migrated, I think about 500 of them instantly became active. They logged in within a couple of days, updated their password. We landed somewhere, probably, around 600-700 people on the migration.
So then the Product Hunt launch was successful, I would say. We landed at number two for the day, we got a ton of traffic, a bunch of newsletter signups–because we do have a newsletter that's separate from the site–and about 200 more user registrations just on that day. And then, of course, Product Hunt sends summary emails on the weekend, which generated a bunch more traffic and another influx of signups.
So it was really a lot of fun.
If you have not yet checked out the NoCodeDevs community, we recommend taking some time to explore and browse through the resources.
Zero Code Conference 2020 kicks off this week
The highly-anticipated Zero Code Conference takes place on October 7-8, 2020. Presented by Zeroqode, the event will feature over 25 expert speakers and expects to host over 3,000 virtual attendees.
Speakers will include prominent no-code community members as well as knowledgeable representatives from no-code organizations including Makerpad, Bubble, Bildr, ServiceBot, Zeroqode, Stacker, Adalo, Typeform, Softr, Integromat, Metaranx, and many more.
With a stacked agenda, there will be a wealth of knowledge to be shared. We’ll be watching closely for product announcements, partnerships, and new techniques shared by the impressive lineup of presenters.
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Announcing No-Code Quarterly
We’re excited to announce a new project, No-Code Quarterly. In the tradition of quarterly reviews, No-Code Quarterly will compile over 100 interesting notes and articles about people, companies, announcements, and product launches.
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