Shreveport-based software development company Twin Engine Labs was chosen out of over 1,200 applicants to participate in the StartupBus. Twin Engine’s two founders, Keith and Ken Hanson, joined other startup enthusiasts on a bus trip from San Francisco to Austin, Texas.
During the two-day ride, the participants split into teams and went to work to create a web- or mobile-based application. Once they arrived in Austin, they presented their ideas to potential investors and venture capitalists at South by Southwest. There were six total buses that arrived at SXSW this year.
The Hanson twins were a part of Team WalkIN, which created the WalkIN App. The app allows users to scan a code at the front of a restaurant with an iPhone or Android smartphone, be placed on a waiting list that they can see on their smartphones, and be notified via text message when their table is ready.
WalkIN beat out 38 other apps at this year’s competition to be this year’s winner. In addition to other perks, the team had dinner with Polaris Ventures, a venture capital firm devoted to funding startups.
A clip of the WalkIN app below: