50+ Inspiring Side Projects to Follow in 2016
Since my last post the One Side Project per Year Challenge (big thanks to Chad Grills for letting me publish this in the Life Learning publication), I was simply overwhelmed to see so many people saying “Love this. I’m in.” and “Your post finally convinced me to start that project that I have been successfully procrastinating on for a year.” If you haven’t read about this challenge yet, I strongly recommend you read this post first.
Since then, we’ve created a community, and here are 56 side projects we selected to feature in this publication over the year 2016. We organized them into 6 parts: apps and websites, creative content, educational content, social influence, games, and miscellaneous.
Part 1: Apps and Websites
The UX Shop — A curation of resources to craft delightful user experiences. Monthly interviews of top UX, Graphic Designers, Digital Doers.
Samantha Zhang, Designer @ Graphiq.com
Premade.io — A drag & drop webpage builder with thousands of pre-made content blocks. Aiming to be the LEGO of websites.
Malakas, Another jack of all trades wannabe in the web industry
An online platform that connects sellers and buyers in my local area.
Annie Zhang, CS @ Columbia
A web app that tells you if a movie passes the Bechdel test.
Sebastian DeLuca, BD @ Perfect Price
CareerCamp — Resources for modern young professionals.
Jesse Adametz, Data @ Graphiq.com
DollarCal — A calendar based view of your future finances.
Sam Wight, Teen meteor developer
Papercrane — a collaborative storytelling application that lets users create amazing and creative stories together.
Andre Paradis, Software Engineer
CommuteWith.Me — a ride sharing planning tool
Aniruddh Agarwal, Web Dev in Training
An app to help cut down on the newsletter noise and clutter in your inbox
Travis Wong, Product Geek & Coder @ Booksrific
An ebook reader app (iOS) + e-commerce platform (web) for books (digital, print) — and release them as an open-source project
Jonas Björklund, med student & creative thinker @ UMC Hamburg
An iOS app to guide you through your mornings and help set up good habits & routines.
Ruslan Maximov, iOS Developer @ HiQ
An app that provide dress up advice in accordance with current weather and forecast (UI/UX designer needed)
Gagan Deep, Coder and runner
A platform where you can find running groups around. It will also show which running group is most active and when do they plan to run next. It will also include tips by runners, admin panel for organizers etc.
Carol Miranda, Software engineering student
A personal trainer management web application.
Stephen Weber, Performance Engineer @ Jive Software
A personalized Twitter-like app that let you record things in a listable, searchable, tag-able format.
Anchit Jain, Geek
A movie recommendation and suggestion website to help you discover non popular movies.
A Netflix-like subscription service for low budget movies and theatre acts.
Yomi Eluwande, Developer at Fusion
An invoicing web app for startups.
Limbu Bobi, Developer
An app that teaches you to learn a limbu language.
Tyler Morgan, UX intern at Owlet
A site or a newsletter that congregates all of the great internships in Utah
Jack, a student interested in building
Interesting & well-designed custom polls.
Sam Matthews, Part-time iOS developer
Build my first iOS app.
Part 2: Creative Content
Rachel D’Erminio, Designer & illustrator by day, author by night
An experimental animation about creativity and artist’s block. I hope to combine stop-motion, hand drawn and 3D animation techniques.
Iftakar Kaysar, Studio Assistant @ Stinkdigital
A Soundcloud page, produce music (Remixes, Originals, Mashups) and reach 10k Followers in 2016. Rock on!
Scott Korchinski, Music Producer
Release 12 original music tracks.
Will Dennis, Video & tech, ideally at the same time
A web series about being abroad when things go wrong. I shoot, edit, and release each episode in a single day every week, for a year.
Luke Pye, Digital Producer, web and UX design
A website that explores a trunk full of 16mm film created and left behind by my grandfather. The website will track the journey I will share with my father as we explore the cinematic treasures left behind and share the vision with for all interested.
Christoph Emch, Digital Consultant at Farner, and a friendly person
A blog about my dead grandfather, whom I never got to know. He was the only Jewish survivor of a little village in eastern Poland. There are fragments of his story found on the web, or told by my mother. Most of it is still blurry. I want to gather the pieces I can find. And put them together.
Create a visual dance album.
Ron, Student aspirant creator
Finish a draft of a children’s book.
Amit Singh, Web Designer and FrontEnd Web Developer
Launch my portfolio website.
Rashedul Kabir, ICT4D Specialist at BRAC Social Innovation Lab
Build a profile as an author.
Fred Esere, Problem solver & lifelong learner
Read 52 books in the year 2016, and write 500 words every fortnight.
Ethan Lo, Photographer
Upload a vlog every week.
Stacey W., Business Developer
Write a novel.
Matt Sydeworks, Creative Content Hacker
Creative Content Hacking — an online course on a marketing framework
Michael Gasiorek, Editor @ Startup Grind
An online course detailing the 80/20 of lifestyle hacks in one’s body, mind, behaviors, and tribe aimed at entrepreneurs and ambitious young people.
Part 4: Social Influence
Chas Alamo, Peace Corps Volunteer in Peruvian Andes
Jan Smejkal, young entrepreneur from the Czech Republic tackling challenges in China. Co-Director @StartupGrind & Campus Director @HultPrize
A podcast about & with Chinese / Asian entrepreneurs & influencers.
Part 5: Games
Pat, Everything at meatrobot.io
Catchphrase meets Cards Against Humanity. The ultimate party game for people who love competing with their wits.
Penny, Game Developer
A point and click adventure game with seven locations.
Tiantian Xu, UX Designer, UMich Alumni, Doodler, Coffee Lover, Video Gamer
Design and build a game.
Part 6: Miscellaneous
Anna Sircova, Independent researcher, photographer, event organizer, creative thinker and doer
Celebrating Time — A cross-disciplinary and cross-media event about the concept of time in August 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. We aim to build some bridges between academia, entrepreneurs and arts and launch some collaborative projects on the cross-roads of different areas.
Sophie Exintaris, UX Architect & #seamstressSophie
A Wordpress theme for my blog. To be released to the public in the future.
Nirant Kasliwal, Life long student from BITS Pilani, India
Publish 1 notebook for data science project every month.
Rayna Harris, Scientist, Enabler, Teacher
Create a science inspired pattern for spoon flower, the create stuff with my pattern
Keep in mind that both the idea of the One Side Project per Year Challenge and all the side projects listed here are in very early stage. This challenge is not for everyone — many mentioned that a year might be too long to validate an idea, or what if you meet a dead-end, etc. We are just a group of enthusiastic makers trying to do this as an experiment, and we will record this whole process and reflect upon it as a community as we build those projects — projects that matter to us.
All the makers and writers here would be giving their monthly updates in this publication throughout the year 2016— strategies taken, progress made, lesson learned and more. We are not too sure about how many of us will make it to the end, or how many of the projects here will “make it”. But, we think regardless of the outcome, the recording of this process would provide tremendous value to our fellow side project crafters and entrepreneurs. Follow us follow us to stay posted! :)
We are also creating a slack community to keep in close contact, share our resources, and keep each other accountable. Currently, we are just inviting all the side project makers listed here. But if you want to be part of the community, just find your project or find a convincing reason and send me a direct message @moyicat. We are in an exploratory stage and we welcome all good ideas and like-minded makers/writers/creators.
And lastly, give this article a 💚 recommend if you enjoy reading it, so more people can find out more about the amazing stuff people are creating in 2016…