Video and photo sharing app takes photojournalism to the next level

Toronto-based serial entrepreneur Sukhsagar Singh and former NASA space engineer Harleen Kaur have announced the launch of new information and video/photo sharing app, uCiC (You See I See).

With an award-winning start-up and a mobile app with over 20 million downloads behind them, CEO Singh and COO Kaur have a proven track record when it comes to business. The uCiC app has already created interest; winning both the live and online competition in this January’s CES Mobile Apps Showdown in Las Vegas.

The mobile app allows information seekers to select a user anywhere in the world and ask a question, receiving a video or photo in response. After listening to users and responding to feedback, uCiC has been redesigned to have a global reach. The app now connects people in 120 countries, giving users the ability to target individuals active in the area of their choice. uCiC also shows how many people are being targeted with each question – and the user can set a limit on response times.

“The app was designed to cut uncertainty out of your day, just like the weather forecast does for weather, or Waze does for traffic. A user can ask, ‘Hey, could you take a pic of the Starbucks line-up?’ and get the answer right away. It would take 10 seconds to ask the question, 3 seconds for the person there to respond with a quick photo. And it could save you 20 minutes of standing in a line,” said CEO and award winning entrepreneur, Sukhsagar Singh.

Additional sample uses of uCiC can include:

  • Requesting images/videos of the crowd at a club.
  • Finding out how the roses look at the local florist before heading down to the store.
  • Asking what the inside of that brand new restaurant across town looks like.
  • Trying to find out if your street has been snow plowed before heading home from work.
  • Asking neighbours if they have seen a lost dog.
  • Getting a current picture of a location for a school project.
  • Finding out the length of the line at a ski lift, so that you can spend more time on the slopes and less time waiting.

The app’s versatility allows people to pose both the little questions and the big ones. uCiC’s potential for use in photojournalism was uncovered in January at the height of the Ukrainian unrest. Using the app to reach out to a user in Donetsk, the uCiC team was able to receive photos and videos of the area, getting a first-hand account of what it was like to be in the middle of the crisis.

“Although uCiC has mainly been designed for everyday use, our experience talking to people on the ground in Ukraine shows that the app can answer the big questions too. We predict that this could well allow journalists to talk to people in inaccessible areas and disseminate their message to the world,” Singh continued.

Unlike its competitors, uCiC gives a visual, real-time answer to your text question. And, being location-targeted, users have better control over where their information comes from.

“We are addressing the global consumer smartphone market. uCiC is not just for kids, doctors, or music-lovers; it’s an app for everyone,” said Singh.