If you like fantasy football, you've undoubtedly been through a live draft at some point. These drafts usually are filled with spreadsheets, yelling, people, confusion, beer, and often take hours or longer. Our solution, Geoffrey, was created to eliminate the frustration, headache, and arduous preparation so you can just enjoy the experience with friends and family.
What it does
Play with Geoffrey: https://fantasy-geoffrey.herokuapp.com/
Geoffrey is a cloud software that runs fantasy football drafts. Geoffrey is unique among its peers in that it leverages natural language technology and mobile devices to provide an exceptionally fast, easy, and successful draft experience for the biggest fans of fantasy football.
During the draft, ask Geoffrey to find a player. Or, ask Geoffrey “who is the best receiver currently available?”
At the conclusion of the draft, the entire draft results can be exported as a spreadsheet, PDF, or API connection that will bring your results to any major fantasy platform (CBS, ESPN, etc.).
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Creating a distributed cloud software that live updates to all devices (mobile and desktop) was a new and interesting challenge. What was exciting about getting through this, however, was that the result is actually fun to use. Not only was this a powerful learning experience in building live dynamic cloud apps, but Geoffrey may also run my family's draft this year.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
It actually works
What we learned
Building dynamic cloud apps that consume a lot of data is challenging. Merging that software with the right data and providing that in an intuitive graphical interface is a lot to put together in one solution. But if done well the results can be positive compared to current solutions.
What's next for Geoffrey
We need to improve concurrency to make this handle more people and more concurrent drafts. There exists a unique way to leverage native advertising in Geoffrey by selecting a draft “sponsor” at auction start. This sponsor has special access and advertising privileges to your draft, and could be a good way to scale the business in the future possibly alongside a larger media partner.