WAYRA pitch

We just received the video from the pitch we made at the WAYRA accelerator program in London: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxG2j81oEf4&feature=plcp

Well, it was not a successful one, as sadly we did not get selected.

We are still waiting for the jury feedback about what went wrong and why they did not want to invest.

Apparently they believe that we do not have a sustained revenue model to allow this company running smoothly. If you guys have some great ideas to share please feel free to leave a comment.

By the way we are looking for information about how many backpackers are cruising the world per year. If you got any data again feel free again to leave a comment.

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Hang-out or Meeting?

In the quest to nail the right product and put on our MVP (Minimum Viable Product) the exact features that will push WikiTrip Users to meet-up each other in the real life, we are chatting with travelers. I recently had a chat Anne-Laure Humblot who is traveling quite a lot and she said that she does not like any constraints when traveling. By constraint she means that she would not like feeling obliged to go for a meeting, but rather go to a hang-out. She would prefer to know where travelers meet-up and perhaps go there or not. To set an appointment it is too professional and not flexible enough.

This insight was really interesting…since then I am wondering….

What do you think about that? Would you also prefer a hang-out rather than a meeting?

To tell us your answer please clicks this link: Hang-out or Meeting?

Foursquare API, Facebook Integration

The Foursquare check-in integration on the Facebook timeline was a great feature and it is very encouraging for the future. Recently, we’ve been delighted to see that Facebook not just display Foursquare check-ins on the timeline, but FB (Facebook) translate a FS (Foursquare) check-in into a FB check-in. In other words, FS check-ins are translated as a geolocalized data and not just an simple information. Every time you check-in with FS, it is the same as checking-in with the FB feature Place. You don’t need to check-in with both apps (FB & FS) to stay tune with your friends; just using the FS app will be enough.

With WikiTrip Users will sign-up with the FB connect only. We will be able to extract useful information to create an amazing experience for you (Also to insure that you’re not a fake).

For WikiTrip, this recent improvement on FB means that we can extract even more geolocalized information that will help us knowing better where Travelers are, thus improving our capability to connect people.

In the future this trend will allow Startups to create more innovative features that will make the usage of any geolocalized apps  more relevant. It will give a better experience to the Users on any platform.

Therefore FS or FB would not be just stand alone app anymore, as the data they are collecting, will create new value on other service (like WikiTrip).

The Facebook check-in improvement through a better integration of the Foursquare API is paving the way for a more interactive Internet future. Please guys carry on!!!!! Don’t you think?

Last “Mission Garage” session

This is our last “Mission Garage” in La Boate session and so many things to do!

As we are behind schedule we called out for help.

David & Maylis responded positively. Although, they are running a busy web agency in Marseille, they came for helping us bidding the Back-end and the Front-end.

Maylis is an expert in UX design, juggleling with Jquery, HTML5 and CSS. David is the « Geek », who looks after the development Back-end, a real Ruby on Rail evangelist. They are forming a great team ready to serve « coûte que coûte ».

We are having fun working all together, coding, learning and geeking: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPEchNwbLzE –

We are getting there, but we will need at least 10 more days to get something ready.

Will you wait dear Wikitripper??? I hope so, you gonna love it!

Backpackers 5 characteristics

Backpackers have a specific behavior when traveling.  They are driven by specific motives, which are different from other travelers.

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There are 5 characteristics that define a Backpacker (Pearce 1998):

–       A preference for budget accommodation

–       An emphasis on meeting other travelers

–       An independently organized and flexible travel schedule

–       Longer rather than very brief holiday

–       Emphasis on informal and participatory holidays activities

That is why WikiTrip is focused on the socializing factor and want to help Travelers to easily bump into each other.

reference:

Pearce 1998, http://past.is/VPZF

2 days away

We are only 2 days away from the soft launch at the Web Summit and I would like to share with you how the site is looking like:

Well, no stress for the team, we will get something ready on time…trust us !

3rd WikiTrip “Mssion Garage” session

For this WikiTrip “Mission Garage” N°3 we have spent our 3 days in La Boate Marseille.

We were supposed to work only for 2 days, but the team agreed to do one more. That’s what I call a motivated team!

The session was about planning and developing the database. I have made myself an entity in one of the table. Mehdi was my professor (http://youtu.be/9E1RlrxwkTE). I feel like I am a geek now 🙂

We also bound the Back and the Front on the Landing page and the profile. You can find the last result on the following link: http://wikitrip.co.uk/beta/

I have also recorded with my video camera one of the key moments of this important task: http://tinyurl.com/7gejzm2

So now we can geolocalize any user via his or her IP address. We also have the “Facebook connect” in place and we can extract the user profile data, including check-ins.

Well, we’re moving forward and we should be able to present an “Alpha” version of WikiTrip for the WebSummit 2012 in London the 19th of March.