Industrious E-Signature Hacks: Petitions, Delivery Slips and Parental Consent

Adam DuVander
May. 18 2011, 04:25PM EDT

During an impressive 35 hour stretch over the weekend, over 100 developers came together in San Francisco to hack the electronic signature using the DocuSign Enterprise API and other APIs along the way. The winners show the breadth of applications built on DocuSign's platform, taking e-signatures beyond the legal document.

Sign My Tablet took top prize. The application lets petitioners accept electronic signatures from a tablet computer. Along with the signature comes the signer's location, which could be especially useful with political petitions. The signer also can write down a URL or snap a QR code to see a copy of their petition online.

A parental consent form application was named Best Consumer App. A parental consent screencast is embedded above to give an idea of how Nicholas Reed's entry works.

Best Mobile App went to EZSlip (pictured above), which could help package recipients sign for their packages on-the-go. EZSlip tries to solve that disheartening feeling of coming back to a "will return tomorrow" slip from a postal service.

Lastly, Best Enterprise App went to Neil Mansilla for his integration of business documents into online work platform Podio. Mansilla's PodioSign screencast is embedded above.

DocuSign (a ProgrammableWeb sponsor) has a more info on the winners. We wrote more about DocuSign's Hackathon when it was announced in April.

Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.

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