Passport’s Picks of the Week

The latest innovations, mobile apps, and technology trends hand picked from our Passport team


SpaceX’s Elon Musk unveils interplanetary spaceship to colonize Mars

1 million people will get to Mars. Think it’s crazy? It’s not, and it’s possible. CEO and founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk, unveiled at a conference in Mexico the company’s Interplanetary Transport System (ITS), which “will combine the most powerful rocket ever built with a spaceship designed to carry at least 100 people to the Red Planet per flight”. The ITS plan is to develop a completely self-sustaining colony on the Red Planet within the next 50-100 years.

– Andrew Gerst, Software Developer


The war on city parking just got real serious

Parking just got really serious, side-eye kind of serious. The Obama administration has given some major attention to the fact that parking is an issue we need to face. Neighborhood associations, developers, cities, and more are constantly having to deal with parking issues. For large cities, like NYC, Boston, and Chicago — developers are being hired to help add more parking, as they attempt to build residential developments. It’s obvious that cities want to keep housing as affordable as possible, however, with the recent parking issues a single underground parking spot can cost around $60,000. That’s a lot of change to cough up — enough to even completely destroy the project altogether. For many cities, the investment in dense sidewalks, bike paths, etc. have made it incredibly obvious that many cities don’t want people driving.

– Daniel Bliley, Marketing Director


Bar roulette is a thing and it’s powered by Uber, Yelp, and Foursquare

The never-ending, ‘where do you want to go?’ and ‘you pick the place’ have come to an end with mobile app, Bar Roulette. The app is integrated with Yelp, Uber, and Foursquare and helps schedule your pickup and chooses the destination for you. The catch? It’s a total surprise. As someone who is notorious for being indecisive, I think this will be a game changer for my Friday night “where do you want to go” moments. If you’re new to a city or are on weekend trip, it’s an ideal app addition to explore restaurants and bars.

– Kim Kufel, Content Marketing Specialist


Don’t ‘get’ Snapchat? Its weirdest, most innovative creators may change your mind

I avoided Snapchat for a long time because I had no idea how to use it. Then I found myself watching snaps of Olympic events from users reporting from Rio, thinking “this is so much more real than what they’re showing on TV”. In a world where content is highly filtered and edited, Snapchat offers a chance to engage more authentically.

– Sara Wasserboehr, Graphic Designer