Walgreens Makes Printing Mobile Photos a Snap

by Amina Elahi
July 11, 2012

Cell phone photographers, rejoice! Walgreens announced yesterday that third-party software developers can integrate its Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit (SDK) to enable easy photo printing from iPhone and Android devices. That means customers will soon be able to pick up prints of their mobile photos in one of Walgreens’ 7,907 stores by sending them there from their phones. Say bye bye to the days of uploading to websites or bringing flash drives into the store.

QuickPrints is an iPhone and Android app that allows users to print and pick up their photos in about an hour. Now, however, that same capability can be built into a variety of apps, marking the first time the drugstore chain has given third-party developers access to in-store services. More information on the QuickPrints SDK can be found in the Walgreens Developer Portal.

A variety of photo apps have already adopted QuickPrints, including GroupShot, Kicksend, Pic Stitch, Pinweel, and StillShot. Walgreens is also partnering with digital photo-editing platform Aviary, which is used by 1,200 app developers and 8 million consumers.

Mobile Photo Hack Day

Walgreens first Mobile Photo Hack Day will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, at its downtown Chicago e-commerce office at 36 S. Wabash Ave.

Built In Chicago is an event partner along with Analysts in Motion, Apigee, Aviary, Sprint Developer Program and TechNexus.

Matt Moog, founder of Built in Chicago and Viewpoints, will be featured as one of the event’s town hall speakers during the morning session of the event. Brett Goldstein, Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, will be one of the industry celebrity judges who will be reviewing and voting on the developer demonstrations along with Scott Regan, Head of Marketing for Apigee, Ari Fuchs, Developer Evangelist for Aviary, Kevin McGinnis, VP of Product Platforms for Sprint, Terry Howerton, Founder of TechNexus and Jasbir Patel, Senior Director of Walgreens Photo.

A panel of top industry programmers will review developer demos and award $5,000 in cash prizes as well as residency within the TechNexus incubator and collaboration center for 6 months. To compete for the cash by showing off your creative integrations of SDK into your mobile app, get more information and sign up at https://developer.walgreens.com/page/hackday.

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