We noticed a lot of people spend their free time doing the same things at the same places every week. We were inspired to create a product that pushes people to spend their free time living more adventurously.
What it does
Citymixr is a city-specific community enabling users to create, share, and unlock group deals on local entertainment on their own. We’re different from today's group deal sites because we enable users themselves to create and fill their own group deals. Once local venues set group pricing unlocked at sizes of 5, 10, 25, and 50, users can group up and unlock the pre-set deals. Bigger groups unlock bigger deals. Think Groupon combined with Kickstarter.
How we built it
We started with a simple Vue application tied to a SQL backend. We then transitioned over to a more robust Sql-modified MEAN stack (using Sql instead of Mongo).
Challenges we ran into
A challenge we ran into was a pass system from scratch that enabled venues to verify group members without using hardware. This was important to us because hardware would prevent us from widespread scale. We decided on a visual pass with visual elements including a selfie, confetti, and secret mixr code that enabled venue owners to scan passes using their built-in hardware (eyes). This custom pass solution has seemed to work very well so far.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Our biggest mixr unlocked on citymixr reached over 500 people.
What we learned
By grouping people up in the online world and using real-world value to drive groups to specific venues, we can build on online community designed to drive people to live more in the offline community.
What's next for Citymixr
We're going to take our MVP and launch it in Dallas! Soon to follow will be Austin and San Fran!