Congratulations to the ten winners of our very first Airtable Blocks Contest.
A few weeks ago, we launched our very first Blocks Contest to celebrate the developer preview of Custom Blocks! With $100,000 in prizes across three categories—blocks for business teams, blocks for education and non-profit, and wildcard—we anticipated a proliferation of creative blocks. Over the years, the Airtable community has shown us time and again their ability to exceed any ideas we might have for what they’d build. And indeed, this was no exception.
Custom Blocks gives our customers the ability to create and deploy their own custom front-end applications on top of Airtable. This dramatically extends and deepens the value of use cases that can be solved with our platform. With Custom Blocks, development teams spend less time dealing with database setup, authentication, real-time CRUD interfaces, and collaboration and spend more time building unique functionality that fits their needs.
That power is reflected in the over 100 incredible entries we received for the contest: from deep vertical-specific applications to flexible utilities any team can leverage, our entrants explored a wide range of possibilities in just a few short weeks.
While that made choosing winners extra hard for our judges, we’ve never been more excited about Custom Blocks and the incredible things that the community will build with the platform as it continues to evolve. Moreover, all of the block submissions are open source. We’ll be featuring many of the standout submissions in the Airtable blocks gallery for the community to remix in the coming weeks.
Without further ado, allow us to introduce the winners for each category!
Best Block Winner
Developer: Amr E
What it does: Easily add annotations to images
From the developer: “It allows you to easily add annotations to images, which unlocks a new aspect of Airtable that has never been possible before. Hopefully, it will make communication better between designers and everyone.”
This block also was a winner in the Blocks for Business Teams category.
Blocks for Business Teams Winners
Developer: Carlton Keedy
What it does: KnowledgeBlock turns Airtable into your team’s simple but powerful knowledge base.
From the developer: “I realized that Airtable’s custom blocks could be the perfect platform for my very own app — one that combines the best aspects of many other knowledge management apps. KnowledgeBlock makes it easy to share your team’s knowledge and keep it up-to-date as your projects evolve. You can review your team’s collective knowledge, add to it, flag outdated content, ask questions, and answer others’ questions.”
Developer: Nicolas Grenié
What it does: Shipping block helps small businesses track and create shipping labels for their orders directly in Airtable.
From the developer: “People have been really creative with Airtable, and many have used it as a backend for their e-commerce shops. They can track clients and orders, but I feel it was missing the perfect tool to manage shipping. I wanted to build a block that could be used by many people in the team, in the warehouse or in the customer service team answering questions regarding their orders.”
Developer: Kamille Parks
What it does: This custom block allows users to schedule events, reservations, or appointments without double-booking any of the selected records in a simple, easy-to-use calendar interface!
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