I conducted an interview with a Prague based tech startup, Supernova. It allows to accelerate the app development workflow of mobile designers and developers.
TechList: Firstly, Can you tell me about the founders of Supernova, and their backgrounds?
Supernova: Jiri Trecak is CEO and CTO of Supernova. He started coding as a 10 year old, developing over 70 mobile apps, games and is an avid open source contributor with few top-trending libraries.
Oskar Koristka is our COO. He has managed campaigns for the main Czech political parties. He also co-founded an endowment fund for nonprofit organizations in the Czech Republic.
Techlist: How does Supernova Work?
Supernova: Supernova is a design to code platform with the mission to accelerate the app development workflow for mobile designers and developers. Supernova Studio allows for flawless conversion of app designs into native iOS, Android and React Native code.
Studio converts Sketch designs within minutes, into native and production components such as buttons, labels, images, tables and more. That’s just the beginning, Studio employs highly advanced heuristics and analytics allowing for automatic export of assets, localizations, animations, code.. and more, without a developer.
Cloud is Supernova’s collaboration platform, where designers and developers can gather feedback directly from their teams or clients, make adjustments and repeat the process until satisfied. Contrary to other collaboration solutions, Supernova Cloud allows users to review real working apps, not prototypes, which are ready to be immediately converted to code, without compromise.
TechList: Why did you build Supernova?
Supernova: Supernova started out of personal frustration as we were tired of the repetitive and tedious tasks of front-end development. All of us have worked with mobile apps, in some capacity, so we’ve seen the possible variations of the same problems. We see Supernova as the game changer to an ever growing range of problems which plague the industry such as repetition, lack of time to truly polish apps or simply the entry level of knowledge required to get into the development (we see Supernova as a great educational tool for beginners).
The high and rising demand for developers. The only way to fulfill this demand is to add automation where it’s missing. Mobile development and the hand-off of designs to developers is a slow, tedious process and defeats innovations.
Supernova automates many of the standard developer tasks (resource export, design creation, responsive layouts) in a seamless way, fitting perfectly into the development process. Supernova produces production-ready code that can be then used to further iterate the app, saving countless hours.
TechList: What will mobile app development look like in next 10 years?
Supernova: We believe automation will be the key to app development in the next 10 years. Whether it be native apps or web apps, much of the time-consuming work will be automated. Designers and developers will focus their time and energy on creativity and innovation.