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App Fills Your Calendar So You Can Pretend To Be Busy

Your friend is moving Saturday. Are you free to help? The real answer is yes. The honest answer is no, because you're a human being and not a forklift. And also because you guys aren't really that close. If only you had something else planned so it would be easier to say no.

"Got This Thing" is just that. The Web app uses your phone's location to populate your Google calendar with local stuff that's happening, pulled from public event information on sites like Eventbrite. Click on the "Get Busy" button and in an instant—your blank schedule turns into a confetti of things to do.

Nat Towsen, a 29-year-old comedian from Manhattan, conceived the idea in May during New York City Comedy Hack Day. The three-day event paired developers and comics together to build humorous apps. Towsen and his team spent about two days coding and preparing for the final pitch. They were ultimately crowned the grand prize winner's for this year's festival.

More than a thousand people from 10 different countries have used the free service, and in the future, Towsen hopes to pull events from other sites, including Facebook.

The app has real potential as an event aggregation and discovery tool. It could make it easy for people to find things to do without having to do much. But, Towsen says half-jokingly, all of that is secondary: "It's for people who want to avoid doing things."

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