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Mike SloneBy Mike Slone
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Mike SloneBy Mike Slone
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$42,975
pledged of $400,000pledged of $400,000 goal
20
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 21 2016 8:14 PM UTC +00:00

About

Higgy Start Up
Higgy Start Up

Welcome to the future of planning and booking travel on a mobile device, we call it Higgy.  You can think of Higgy as your always available, personal travel advisor, counselor, concierge, and local know-it-all.

Never before has it been so easy to research and book flights, hotels, cars, taxis, restaurants, and activities via a mobile device. If you have 30 seconds of free time, you can put Higgy to work, helping you with any of your travel planning and booking needs.  There is no longer the need to spend hours looking through 40+ websites to plan or book flights, hotels, restaurants, etc.

Booking travel is as simple and easy as sending a request via the Higgy application. Within minutes Higgy will respond with a series of questions to help you fulfill your request- whether it be booking a last minute, international business trip or arranging a restaurant reservation, Higgy is there to help.

Since the summer of 2015, we have been working to define and design the easiest possible way to book travel on a mobile device. To date, we have invested more than $100k in research, strategy, requirements, wireframing, design, user experience testing, and prototyping to ensure that we don't just build another online travel agency app, but rather change the mobile travel booking landscape by simplifying the mobile travel planning experience.

What we have uncovered and the secret to Higgy's success will be to weave a personalized, human touch throughout all phases of the Customer journey. We will do this, by developing a peer to peer network that connects Customers to travel agents and local advisors. An internal montra that we have: sometimes in order to move forward, you must look back. We believe the future of travel is to remember the past, which means bringing travel agents back to the forefront of travel planning and booking.

Now that we have the designs and functional requirements/specs in place, we are confident that we can bring Higgy to life with your help.  We are looking to raise $400k to help us develop the alpha and beta releases of Higgy (minimum viable product), which we are hopeful that we can make happen within 6 to 8 months of funding and a launch before 2017. If we can raise an additional $250k ($650k total), it will help us meet our stretch goal of adding even more functionality for the beta release and get there faster.

We will be utilizing the Travelaer Travel Paas platform as our core technology, which will give us a head start on api connectors, backend end development, and middle layer business logic.  Higgy will consist of two separate applications- one for Customers and one for Higgy Helpers: travel agents and advisors.

Higgy Itinerary Management
Higgy Itinerary Management

A key part of the Higgy application is the itinerary management system. This will allow users to very easily keep track of all their travel arrangements- whether they were added manually or by their Higgy Helper.

Higgy Connects You to Agents Around the World
Higgy Connects You to Agents Around the World

What separates Higgy from other travel applications is our ability to connect a Customer with a local travel agent or advisor. Booking any type of travel is as simple as sending a request through the application. Higgy will then identify the most relevant local advisor or agent to help the Customer. All communication, travel approvals, and financial transactions happen within the Higgy application and no payment or personal information is exchanged directly with agents.

If you are currently a travel agent or local travel counselor, looking to build your business and share your in depth travel planning and booking experience, Higgy needs you. Please support us with building our product and be one of the first travel agents to help support Higgy users with their travel requests.

Since the majority of the Higgy application wireframes, designs, and requirements are finished, we can hand off for development and start building Higgy on Day 01. The alpha release is estimated to take four to six months (September to November) to build and qa both applications (Customer and Agent) and the peer to peer platform. After a month of additional qa and user experience testing, we will proceed with the development on the beta release, which we are targeting for the end of 2016, with a public release in early 2017.

Risks and challenges

Higgy has a great head start, but like any technology project there will be obstacles and hurdles. With that said, we hope to minimize them by relying on our past experience and expertise, designing and building software for the travel industry.

We will be utilizing the Travel Pass platform from Travelaer as the core technology: api connectors, backend engine, middle layer, and front end user interface. Travelaer has invested millions in development of their Travel Pass platform during the last few years- primarily to be utilized by airlines as an ecommerce and trip management system. The reuse of this platform will save Higgy, both time and money and allow us to get Higgy to the market much faster if we were starting completely from scratch.

There is a risk that travel agents could be slow to adopt our platform, which could delay its effectiveness in some regional to local markets. Our core focus is North America and Europe for launch.

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    You will get access to Higgy as a Customer in the beta phase and will receive unlimited access to the paid version for the first two years.

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    Founding Travel Agent: This is meant for travel agents who want to be part of defining the future of travel booking. You will receive first access to Higgy as an agent as well as two years of advanced placement and notifications within the system. You will be part of the founding Travel Agents Council that will meet yearly and your profile on Higgy will indicate that you are a founding member. You will get the first access to use Higgy and help us through the Alpha and beta phases. We will rely on you to provide feedback and help make our product the best it can be serving Customer and Travel Agents.

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    Founders Travel Council with VIP Access: With this pledge you will be placed on the Higgy Founders Travel Council with VIP access. We will involve you every step of the way (weekly updates) and invite you to participate in quarterly meetings to help define the future of the product as part of the council. You will receive unlimited access to use Higgy as a VIP, which will mean 24/7 access to the best travel agents and advisors for your personal use. Your pledge and feedback will be an invaluable part of defining the next generation of travel booking.

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    Private Label Higgy Agency: This pledge is for a small to medium sized travel agency that would like to use Higgy as their official app to connect their travel agents to their Customers. We will create a private/white label version of Higgy with your agency look and feel- colors, logo, etc.

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    VIP Private Label App and Launch Party: This pledge is an exclusive opportunity for VIP's who want to have their own private, personal concierge app. It is perfect for celebrities or small luxury groups who want the highest level of support from personal travel agents and advisors. This reward also comes with an invite to the exclusive Higgy launch party that will take place in Cannes France- more than likely in May 2017.

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- (30 days)