Malibu's hidden & secret beaches are in our iphone app. Now, let's make it for Android. And FREE all summer long! Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 30, 2013.
About this project
Hey everybody – Let's hit the beach!
We made our goal with just hours to spare but we can't stop now.
Any money we raise above and beyond $30k will go toward translating the app to Spanish and reaching even more people! See our update for more info and we can't wait to see you at the beach party! Thank you thank you thank you!!
Wanna find & enjoy the best beaches in the world?
Angelenos, Californians, nature lovers and everyone -- let's open up the legendary 27 miles of Malibu beaches once and for all!
Did you know there's no such thing as an all-private beach in California? Even though 20 of Malibu's 27 miles of coastline are lined with private development, there's a heck of a lot of beach for you, your friends, all of us to enjoy.
But here's the thing. A lot of this coast – as gorgeous as it is – has been notoriously hard to find and enjoy.
We've made an app that'll show you exactly where each public access point is up and down the Malibu Coast. It helps you park – ID those fake cones and fake garages. It tells you which signs you can smile at and ignore.
It even walks you down each beach – house-by-house – to show you where on each beach you hang all day on the dry sand.
Who are we?
Jenny Price is a writer, artist and environmental historian, and she's worked for public beach access in Malibu for years, both solo and with the LA Urban Rangers.
Together, we've created the definitive guide -- with tons of info you can't get on Yelp, Trip Advisor, Google Maps, or anywhere else online.
Now, we want everyone to have it. EVERYONE.
And that's where you, the Kickstarter community, come in. If our campaign is successful, Escape Apps will do two things:
1. Make the app free for everyone to download all summer long.
2. Get an Android version out this summer.
That's right, while you're out there enjoying these great beaches, we'll be hunched over our computers, making sure even more of you can enjoy these great beaches.
And if you guys are super awesome, and we raise even more than our goal, we're gonna keep giving away the app for as long as possible. Really, this information should be free. Help us make it happen.
A few notes.
We just unveiled two new rewards and our t-shirt designs!
T-shirts are blue or gold in men's or women's cut -- you'll get your choice of design, style and size when the campaign ends.
We're also offering this really cool poster by artist and graphic designer Marty Kenney – pick it up on poster paper ($60) or a limited-edition archival quality print ($150).
And finally -- we have a new beach bag ($30) for carrying all your gear this summer.
We've also received a ton of amazing press – please share these links and let people know why you're supporting us!
More about our rewards:
1. Every supporter is AUTOMATICALLY invited to our launch party on the beach. It's happening in June. Jenny will be there. The California Coastal Commission will be there. We're gonna hang out, party and get some expert advice on getting the most from our beaches.
2. For $100, Jenny will take you and a pal on a very special Malibu beach tour. There is a ton of info we couldn't put into the app for a lot of complicated reasons, so prepared to be wowed. Seriously, it's gonna be awesome.
3. For our business friends who want us to build them an app, that flat fee gets you a fully customized build-out of the Escape Apps Basic or Deluxe Travel App Package. Depending on your needs, you may want even more customization, which could run into additional dev and/or hosting fees. But we'll be really upfront about that and try really hard to honor that flat fee. Email email@example.com with your questions.
You're awesome. We love you.
Honestly, we're just so excited to get this app to you. We've been working on it a long time. It's going to be great and we thank you so much for your support.
Risks and challenges
The iphone version of our app is already working great and approved by Apple. Making it free means pushing a few buttons – no risk there.
Our biggest challenge is developing the Android version as quickly as possible. We're going to work our butts off to get it out by August. But if for whatever reason that can't happen, you'll still have tons of great beach days in September, which is always super hot. Then, Santa Anas kick in in October for fall and winter beach days. And, of course next summer'll be here before you know it!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
You say your iPhone app "is already working great and approved by Apple. Making it free means pushing a few buttons," but I can't find it in the app store (not even a pay version). Where is it?
The iOS app is approved by Apple but not yet public – we're waiting til the end of the campaign where we'll either make it free (if we're successful) or list it for an as-yet-undetermined price. All backers get the app first, as soon as the campaign is over.
How is this different, if at all, to something like OpenStreetMap, or other publicly available info?
There's a ton of info in the app about things like parking, identifying misleading signs and finding hidden accessways that doesn't really exist anywhere else. One example is that many beachfront properties have "dry sand easements," which extends public access to private property up and down each beach. These are things that property owners agreed to, usually in exchange for zoning variances (adding a big pool, for example, or a super-sized sun deck), but for obvious reason don't advertise. In the app, we walk you down these beaches house-by-house so you can find the best place to lay your towel down and avoid all the places that are private.
Pledge $10 or more
Thank you! ---> You'll get an advance copy of the app AND your name will appear on a special in-app thank you page. And EVERYONE will be invited to our awesome app launch beach party!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $20 or more
#FREETHEBEACH frisbee ---> Show your support for open access by proudly throwing and catching our hashtagged flying disc! Plus, we'll thank you in the app and give you an advance copy.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $25 or more
Thanks + Apps Galore! ---> You get your choice of any 5 apps from Escape Apps. Plus, an advance copy of Our Malibu Beaches, and we'll thank you in the app.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
Our Beach Bag ---> Make a statement for open access and carry everything you need at the beach, pool, anywhere. See description for a pic! Plus you get thanks in the app and an advance copy.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $45 or more
#FREETHEBEACH Beach Towel ---> Show your support for open access while you lounge about on our hashtagged super-plush beach towel! Plus we'll thank you in the app and send you an advance copy.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
Our Malibu Beaches T-Shirt ---> Make a statement about open access with a limited edition Our Malibu Beaches t-shirt! Plus, thanks in the app and an advance copy.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $60 or more
Our amazing poster ---> See design below! Put the beauty of Malibu and open access right on your office, living room or bedroom wall. Printed on heavy poster paper and shipped in a tube. Plus, you get thanked and an advance copy of the app.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
65 backers Limited (1 left of 66)
Special Malibu Beach Tour! ---> Jenny will take you and one friend on a special tour of all the best Malibu beach spots. Plus, in-app thank you, and an advance copy of the app.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $105 or more
Perfect Beach Day Pack ---> Have an awesome summer with our towel, beach bag AND frisbee! Plus, thanks in the app and an advance copy.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
Learn to surf! ---> A very special, private one-on-one lesson with one of Malibu's best surf instructors. Plus, thanks in the app and an advance copy!Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $350 or more
4 backers Limited (16 left of 20)
Special logo thanks! ---> We'll put your logo / icon (280 x 280 px) PLUS a link to your website on a special thank you page in the app! Plus, an advance copy of the app.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
Get your own travel app! (for individuals) ---> Love to travel? Got an insane bucket list or just a ton of places you think are awesome? Escape Apps will make your own super cool app with up to 50 of your favorite places! Plus, a thanks in the Malibu Beaches app and an advance copy.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
Get your own HUGE travel / local discovery app! (for individuals) ---> Same as above but with UNLIMITED PLACES. Make an app of all the significant places in your life or your town or for your blog! Plus, a thanks in the Malibu Beaches app and an advance copy.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
Sunset Beach Dinner ---> We cater a delicious sunset beach dinner for you and a guest in a beautiful and "significant" Malibu beach location. Plus, thanks in the app and an advance copy.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $2,500 or more
HEY BUSINESSES -- Get your own travel / local discovery app! ---> Escape Apps will build out its Basic Travel App just for you – your content and branding combines with our tech for an awesome app your audience will love.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
HEY BUSINESSES -- Get your own SUPER AWESOME travel / local discovery app! ---> Escape Apps will build out its Deluxe Travel App just for you – perfect if you've got a ton of content and an audience hungry for an app.Estimated delivery:
- (28 days)