Last weekend I was in Garage48 Valmiera 2012 at VBI Incubator. After all pitch session I joined to LikeGuide.me team, because I wanted to test some of my own ideas about social media and geolocation based data.
What is LikeGuide.me
Like Guide is a unique Social Travel Guide, a website that organizes the disorganized and connects the disconnected. Like Guide is listing 10 most popular places in city based on Facebook Likes, Mentions (how many people are actually talking about venue) and check-ins (how many people have been in particular place).
How and Why Like Guide was born?
If You try to search in Facebook for best “bars in Riga” or “hotels in Riga”, You can’t find by category, only results with words “bar” or “Riga” will appear. For prototype we choose travel oriented Likes: Eat, Drink, Sleep, Party, See, Do. As You can imagine, there are even more direction where it’s possible to go.
LikeGuide.me team in Garage48 Valmiera
I think we were the only team without designer.
- Austin Nicholas (LikeGuide.me pitch author),
- Kiril Menshikov,
- Serge Savranchuk,
- Rihards Sceredins,
- Rolands Umbrovskis (Me. Joined after SelectATrip).
Team of LikeGuide.me will meet this week again, then we will see.
Other teams and projects at Garage48 Valmiera
All teams and projects You can find at garage48.org blog . My main aim was to join geolocation related team.
GiveGIF (winners) – Simple mobile app to take pictures and create GIF animations.
Fastr – speed reading iPad application. Fastr app will improve your reading skills, maximizing your ability to handle information that matters to you.
From very beginning I liked project idea of “Pirmie soļi” (first steps), because I had similar project in Greece, when I was working there as volunteer, So if team of LikeGuide.me would not be ready, I bet i choose this project.
OneScanBuy – A platform for retail shops to collect orders from customers using iOS and Android mobile devices. My favorite project. Amazing job done in just 48 hours.
You need to be there – Fail fast, fail cheap
For me it was like experiment to work within wider team. I learned something new and will go to another event of Garage48.