Costie

Real-time meeting cost calculator.

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Costie is a meeting cost calculator. It takes the - before-tax preferably - salary amounts of the participants and runs a timer with the meeting's cost per second. The salary fields are safe in password fields and are destroyed the moment the user navigates to the timer, with the application keeping only the sum of all salaries per second.

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Dimitris Damilos
Dimitris DamilosMaker@jonur · Foodie, nerdy and metalhead developer.
I hope you have some fun using it to prove a point at the office! Let me know how it went and if it helped reduce the time of the meeting.
Igor Akulov
Igor Akulov@igoruphere · Founder of Picax
Thank you for this. I hope something like this at one point is embedded into mainstream calendar or meeting software. I'm waiting for the utopian future where we all evaluate ROI of a meeting prior to initiating one!
Dimitris Damilos
Dimitris DamilosMaker@jonur · Foodie, nerdy and metalhead developer.
@igoruphere haha yes! I would have loved to have made it like that, but GDPR, licences, etc. make it really hard. Unless of course we could team up with an HR software company which does also calendars.
Igor Akulov
Igor Akulov@igoruphere · Founder of Picax
@jonur Oh yes, right, didn't occur to me like that. Well, perhaps the embedded app is as distant and elusive as the notion of cost-effective meetings itself.
Dimitris Damilos
Dimitris DamilosMaker@jonur · Foodie, nerdy and metalhead developer.
@igoruphere haha managers will always be obsessed with meetings, even if they like to call themselves Agile.
Aleksander Skjoelsvik
Aleksander Skjoelsvik@alekplay · I like making things
Cool product, just wish the salary fields weren't formatted as passwords so I could actually see what I type, and to specify a duration for a proposed meeting/ meeting that already happened instead of the timer
Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn@hbflynn · Sr. Product Manager, Mobile-McDonalds
@alekplay agree. I would also suggest removing the limit on number of participants.
Dimitris Damilos
Dimitris DamilosMaker@jonur · Foodie, nerdy and metalhead developer.
@alekplay @hbflynn The password mask is necessary as I couldn't think of another way to make it somewhat safe when you pass around the device. Any ideas are of welcomed! Regarding the number of participants, I don't think meetings with more than 20 people would use this. Although, on the other hand, they should! Haha OK I will see what I can do for this and adjust accordingly. Thanks, guys, for the feedback.
Igor Akulov
Igor Akulov@igoruphere · Founder of Picax
@alekplay has a valid concern, @jonur, but I'd honestly keep the mask. Instead, the compromise might be in showing the digit briefly during input before it is masked to help error-free input. I can also see how input can be split into separate steps, one per each participant - then your input is visible and error-free for you, but still hidden from others.
Dimitris Damilos
Dimitris DamilosMaker@jonur · Foodie, nerdy and metalhead developer.
@igoruphere, the separate step per each participant you are recommending is actually a really good idea. I will be adding that. Are you a developer yourself? If yes, I can add you to the GitHub repository's contributors.
Igor Akulov
Igor Akulov@igoruphere · Founder of Picax
@jonur I'm glad you liked the suggestion. I'm not a developer (product & UX is my thing), so just take it away. 👍
brad dunn
brad dunn@brad_dunn1 · Product Manager at OHNO
I have actually seen this product done once before as an iPhone app and really missed it when it went away. It was called coma (cost of meetings app) and as the meeting raged on, burning money would rain down and the words burn Baby burn would flash across the screen
Dimitris Damilos
Dimitris DamilosMaker@jonur · Foodie, nerdy and metalhead developer.
@brad_dunn1 haha that's a good implementation!
Thierry Maout
Thierry Maout@thierrymaout · Marketing and product aficionado
What a great idea! That's the product I didn't know I was looking for to plead my case against never-ending meetings, thank you!
Dimitris Damilos
Dimitris DamilosMaker@jonur · Foodie, nerdy and metalhead developer.
@thierrymaout Thank you very much. I am glad you enjoyed it.