ontournement, a leader within the French NoCode community and whose translation of the name means "Workaround" conducted a webinar on April 02, 2020.  Erwan Kezzar and Alexis Kovalenko, both of whom are Co-founders of Contournement, hosted a webinar in English that tackled "Launch Your App or Website with NoCode Tools."  Contournement conducts events around NoCode tools and provides training sessions, boot camps, and consultancy to learn how to build websites and mobile apps by yourself without coding. 

Only 0.3 % of the world population of people knows how to code while currently NoCode tools are more stable, reliable, productive, and user-friendly. Also, for the past couple of years, startups have been able to bootstrap without technical founders and succeed. Some NoCode tools raised millions of dollars, and NoCode agencies and online training started to increase the number of NoCoders. Just listen to what Andrew Wilkinson's tweet said on January 6, 2020. "Earlier this year, I had a productivity breakthrough... I used to spend $25k-$100k building an app over 3-6 months. It was frustrating, expensive, and slow. Then I started using NoCode tools like Webflow, Bubble, Zapier, and AirTable. Suddenly I was able to build my app idea in days instead of months, at a fraction of the cost (literally 1/5th). Craziest of all, I could tweak and maintain it myself instead of hiring expensive devs. I don't know how to code!". 

During the webinar, they showcased stories of websites and apps created from NoCode tools:

Comet, founded by young entrepreneurs, Charles Thomas and Valentin Cordier, is a platform that finds the best freelancers for any IT projects in a matter of hours. In the first year in building this project, they used¬†Bubble,¬†Zapier, and¬†Google Sheets, and it reached ‚ā¨500 thousand of annual recurring revenue without a single line of code.¬†

Dwellito, created by Caleb Barclay, helps you find, compare, purchase, and get a modular home shipped to your home within weeks. Dwellito was primarily built using Webflow along with Google Sheets, AirTable and Zapier. The actual design and build took only one day to get it almost 90% done. 

L'intendance, created by Meryem Ben Mouaz and Noélie Demaegdt, offers a curated selection of local and organic food, natural cosmetic, and home maintenance goods.  L'intendance built using Webflow, AirTable, Zapier and Python

Yesterday's Weather, created by Drew Thomas, an app that shows today's Weather in comparison to yesterday's Weather in simple English. Yesterday's Weather built using Thunkable, and according to Drew, "It took just days to make the app with Thunkable, and it was my first Thunkable app!" 

Do Things That Don't Scale, a crowdsourced collection of unscalable startup hacks and stories reaching over 15,000 founders created by KP. The web app built using NoCode tools AirTable and Table2Site.

From the products that which was a part of the discussion, there are two approaches to going NoCode. One is the All-in-one; it means you have used one (E.x. Webflow) NoCode tool to your entire project. The other approach is Modular, which is a combination of various NoCode tools (E.x. Bubble and Airtable) that each does the best job for the required task. 

In this webinar, they also discussed how to use these NoCode tools according to their need. One of the first things to understand is to, create an idea of what you want to build.  

Like if someone says, "I want to create a service that enables people to borrow musical instruments from other users." then the first step is you need a website where I can show my service and where users can access it. Recommendable website builders are Weebly, Strikingly, Squarespace, Carrd.co and Webflow. 

Next is people need to send and publish your offered service. Intake information using specialized tools are Typeform and Jotforrm. Other NoCode tool options are forms in Webflow, the form view in Airtable and Google forms. How do you store data? 

The next is to store the data which has been collected and also showcase the stored data. Useful tools for storing and accessing data are Google Sheets and Airtable. 

The next is to orchestrate the workflow and introduce automation. For automation and workflow, we can use tools like Zapier, Integromat, Parabola, IFTTT, and PhantomBuster are useful if users get a notification when someone wants to borrow their music instruments.

Lastly, users may have payment integration to set up payment, email marketing products to send emails, products to send out Text messages, etc. These an all be accomplished using external services Stripe, OneSignal, Mailerlite, Mailchimp, Sendgrid and Twilio are helpful for the external services. 

Note: During the event, the above products were discussed. 

To find other NoCode tools according to their categories, visit the website of No-coders.fr.  For all these real-world examples above, it was an overview of the growing NoCode community in France. With the services that Contournement provides, it will help more people to understand what these tools are and the right way to use them. 

Here is the Youtube version of the webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tzd5mCcnds

Apr 2, 2020

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