About this project
Timebound is an app for learning about the past in an easy and exciting way. It allows you to follow important historical events hour-by-hour and minute-by-minute. You can join the Titanic on her maiden voyage, witness the hunt for Jack the Ripper, see the first landing on the Moon, experience the first Woodstock festival, and dozens of other thrilling stories.
Timebound is featured in:
"Americans' knowledge of history is exceedingly poor, but Timebound could change that." Digital Trends
"Some ideas are so brilliant, yet so simple, that it’s almost frustrating to learn about them. 'Why didn’t I think of that?' is usually the first thought. The new app Timebound... leverages that simple technology for all it’s worth, then combines it with superb research and writing to make something special." TechDigg
"[Timebound is] an intriguing concept. Some events, like the death of JFK, have outsized significance in history, but lasted only a few hours, while others dragged on for years. It’s easy to know that World War II lasted for six years; it’s another to be reminded of how those events unfolded every day for those 2193 days." Mental Floss
"Would you wake up one morning, now lacking the follicular endowment of the last time Timebound served you a notification, and suddenly discover that hostilities had resumed under Henry V?" Kill Screen
It’s a kind of time machine!
Timebound offers you access to an ever-expanding list of the most interesting and important events in history, from Ancient Greece to the beginning of the 21st century. Some events — such as the first spaceflight — last only a few hours or days; others (e.g. World War II) continue for years. Each event included in Timebound has played a crucial role in the history of humankind.
Now you can sit back, select an event, and let the time travel begin!
You’ll be notified about every twist and turn of the event you selected, and have a chance to explore its details through historical images, maps, and other media. For example, you can be living in World War II for six years and one day (its actual duration) by receiving event updates in real-time. With push-notifications, you’ll constantly keep time with history!
Live it as it happened
Push-notifications are an essential part of Timebound. They may come in the middle of the night, during a meal, or while you are commuting to work. History will become a part of your daily life.
Here is a demo of Timebound. It shows a push notification that leads to the “JFK Assassination” feed, as well as the countdown timer for “Man On The Moon.”
Is it iOS or Android?
It’s both! Right now we have an iOS beta ready for testing. But Timebound will be officially released on both platforms, and all our backers who buy a subscription will be able to choose between the two.
Examples of Timebound events
Timebound will be released in May 2017. Once that happens, we will add one new event each week. You can pick any event at any time and start following it, or wait for a specific start date and live through the event in full calendar sync.
Here are some of the events Timebound will offer (list may be subject to minor changes):
Is it free?
The Timebound app is free to download. A limited number of events will be free to follow. The full Timebound archive will be available via a monthly or annual subscription. In some cases, it will also be possible to purchase access to single events.
Why time travel?
We think of Timebound as an entry point to history. At the moment, academic historians are testing the app, and we will post their reviews as they will be coming in during the campaign. If you are teaching history and want to collaborate with Timebound, drop us a line! We’d love to give you and your students free access to the app: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is one review we received from Jonathan Even-Zohar, director of EUROCLIO, the European Association of History Educators, which unites more than seventy history, heritage, and educational associations and other organizations active in the field:
“I like the idea of the app:
- The push messages are fun and interesting way to have this experience of 'time travel'.
- The contents of the message are written in good and engaging way.
- There is great potential to relate historical content with historical awareness today.
I would propose, however to keep in mind that:
- For us it is much more preferable to work with historical sources than with author text.
- Visual source material will increase significantly the willingness to read the additional info.”
What does a Timebound event look like?
- 11:54 AM | The presidential motorcade leaves Dallas airport. They are 25 minutes behind schedule. In the presidential limousine, Governor John Connally and his wife Nellie sit in the middle, John and Jacqueline Kennedy take the rear. The motorcade is headed for the Dallas Trade Mart. Thousands of people gather in the streets to greet it.
Here’s an excerpt from the JFK Assassination feed, November 22, 1963 (spoiler alert!):
- 12:21 PM | The presidential motorcade passes through Main Street in downtown Dallas. The majority of spectators are gathered here. A total of over 150 thousand people line the streets to greet the president.
- 12:22 PM | Pipefitter Howard Brennan walks to the Texas School Book Depository building. Along with many others, he wants to witness the presidential motorcade. He notices a man looking out the sixth floor window of the depository. The man appears and disappears several times, but Brennan makes little of it.
- 12:29 PM | Kennedy’s limousine turns onto Elm Street. It approaches the Depository building.
- 12:30 PM | Several shots are fired at the President, one of them will become lethal. This happens as the motorcade passes the school book depository. One of the bullets hits Governor Connally, he is wounded. Pipefitter Howard Brennan, who at first mistakes the shots for fireworks, notices that the shooter is the same man he saw in the sixth floor window of the depository several minutes ago.
- 12:31 PM | Agent Clint Hill jumps onto the moving limousine, trying to protect Jacqueline Kennedy. The motorcade rushes to Parkland Memorial Hospital, about four miles from the shooting site. On the way, Mrs. Kennedy repeats, "They have killed my husband… I have his brains in my hand."
- 12:32 PM | A police officer stops Lee Harvey Oswald in the Book Depository lunchroom. The officer is accompanied by Roy Truly, Oswald’s colleague. Truly recognizes Oswald, who is let go and leaves the building.
- 12:34 PM | The police determine that the shots were fired from the Book Depository. They begin to seal off the building’s exits.
- 12:36 PM | The President is delivered to Parkland Memorial Hospital. The doctor on duty states that the president is still alive. George Gregory Burkley, the presidential doctor who arrives moments later, says it’s impossible to save John F. Kennedy’s life.
- 12:40 PM | CBS breaks the news that the president is seriously wounded. News anchorman Walter Cronkite cuts into the broadcast: “In Dallas, Texas, three shots were fired at President Kennedy’s motorcade in downtown Dallas. The first reports say that President Kennedy has been seriously wounded by this shooting.”
- 12:43 PM | Pipefitter Howard Brennan notifies the police he saw the shooter. He claims the shots were fired from one of the top floors of the Book Depository and describes the shooter, a slender male in his thirties, dressed in light colored clothing.
- 12:45 PM | The police broadcast the description of the alleged killer. “The suspect from Elm (Street) and Houston (Street) is reported to be an unknown white male, about thirty, slender build, five feet ten inches tall, one hundred and sixty-five pounds, armed with what is thought to be a 30-30 rifle.” At the same time, FBI Director Edgar Hoover calls the President’s brother, Robert Kennedy.
- 12:57 PM | Father Oscar Huber administers last rites to John Kennedy. The Catholic priest arrived at Parkland Memorial Hospital for this express purpose.
Image sources: Barcroft Media, JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Mary Krahmer / Wikimedia Commons.
Meet the team
We’ve assembled a team of writers, designers, and developers with experience in leading international media like Esquire and Forbes. We also have experience in academic history. That means the app isn’t just beautiful and entertaining. Each event is carefully researched from different points of view; only facts from reliable sources make it into Timebound. Here are the core team members:
Editorial. Dmitry Golubovsky, journalist, historian, Timebound CEO (left). 15 years of experience in media, including three years as editor-in-chief at Esquire Russia. Also known for pronouncing the longest word in the world – the chemical name for titin, a huge protein. Aside from that, he also holds a PhD in history (2009). Mikhail Kazinik, journalist, traveller, Timebound editor-in-chief (right). 12 years experience writing and editing features on history, travel, and social issues for Russian editions of Esquire, Forbes, and various publications of Afisha Publishing House.
Design and product. Maxim Nikanorov, Pavel Alexeev, Vyacheslav Zhitnikov (from left to right). For 10 years, they were the force behind Esquire Russia, its print publication, which won international design awards, as well as a popular site, an iPad edition, and various digital projects. At Timebound, Maxim and Pavel curate the design, Vyacheslav is the product director.
Development. Ilya Tikhonov, Timebound CTO (left), and Ivan Mikhailov, lead developer (right), worked on various media projects at Esquire Russia and Afisha Publishing House. They also developed the newsgame Archanoid, which explores the tragedy of demolished historical buildings in Moscow.
We would like to thank Katya Romanovskaya for help with the campaign, Viktor Gorbachev and Zhanna Gureeva for making our video, Andrey Testov, Polina Kirilenko, Tamara Eidelman, Alexey Alikin, Dmitry Perevozchikov, and Sergey Bondarenko for help with the events, Gleb Arkhipov and Andrey Kozlov, as well as Dmitry Vlasov and Rustam Galiullin from 4taps for the iOS app, Alex van Oss and Paul Richardson for reviewing the texts, and all our beta-time travellers. We would also like to thank our friends and colleagues at the educational site Arzamas.academy. Without their help, there would be no Timebound!
Risks and challenges
The iOS beta-version of the app is complete, so we don’t expect any major technological challenges. The next challenge is to produce as much content as possible. The more money we obtain for research, the more events we can cover. Our goal is to make the selection diverse and exciting. For that, we need your help and feedback. We'd be thrilled to receive your comments and proposals: email@example.comLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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