FeZZee is designed to make music festivals less hassle and more fun, before, during and after the gigs. Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on September 27, 2013.
About this project
20 Sep 2013- Check our Updates (above) for our new announcements!
Hi, we’re Gene Myers, Matt Mapleston, and Fola Adejumo. We’re here on Kickstarter to get your help with our project, FeZZee. FeZZee is software for the fans of music festival. We’ve prototyped a lot of FeZZee but we need your support to complete it and build a Smart Phone Testing Lab.
We’re enthusiastic music fans ourselves and highly experienced, award winning software development professionals. We've built software already used by the organizers of a variety of events and music festivals. We've collectively worked behind the scenes at festivals for more than 12 years, held high profile technology roles for multi-national corporations, and have a couple of successful startups under our belts.
We believed that the tech-based tools that we rely on more and more in our daily lives should be available at festivals to enrich our experiences, get creative and just make life easier, like they do on the street.
"this will take over... ...the future of festival programs"
"the FeZZee app will be like your bible"
"The New Generation of Festival App.....that will save your life!"
Our one goal
We know that by using technology, we can make festivals more fun, and less hassle.
We love music festivals, and FeZZee cares, just like you do.
What we've designed FeZZee to do
At festivals, there are hundreds of acts on many different stages.
With FeZZee, before the festival, select the acts you know and want to see, check out some of the ones you don't know, and create your own personal lineup. You can then save that on your Smart-phone, get late-breaking updates, and share it with your friends.
Finding your tent, or your car, or your friends at a festival can be a nearly impossible task.
With FeZZee, mark where your car or ride is, where your tent is, and where your friends are on a detailed festival map. Then share these with your friends, and use your Smart-phone to reliably find them!
With so much going on, it's easy to miss out on the good stuff.
With FeZZee, there is a single place where you can check out the buzz from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and a host of other social media sites including FeZZee's own, that's designed to work with poor connectivity. And of course, contribute to the buzz as well...
Do your festival photos and videos fall short of capturing the vibe?
With FeZZee, share your photos and videos with groups of friends and contribute to synchronized and collective crowd-sourced albums, easily. Never miss the perfect shot, again.
Festival Packs are the maps, lineup, and related settings specific to each festival. Festival Packs can, and will be, updated during the events. We are targeting at least the top 25 festivals in the US, UK and Europe and expect to have locations at each where we'll be offering free phone charging to FeZZee users. See the rewards section below for more information.
Back us, and take away some essential Festival kit
NEW! _GLASTONBURRY TICKETS! We'll have Four individual tickets and One Pair of ticket to Glastonbury. Backers who choose these must do so AND have registered with Glastonbury AND provide us with their registration number NO LATER than midnight GMT on the 5th of October 2013. Tickets will be sent to you by May 2014.
HAT- NEW!- For any reward level that currently offers a T-Shirt, you can swap that for a FeZZee high quality Slouch hat with the FeZZee logo printed in white on the front as shown below the photo above. Hats are available in Black or Grey.
T-Shirts- We'll have up to 5 shirt designs to choose from. Two available options are shown above. T-Shirts will will be available in White, Red, or Black. White shirts have red printing. Red and Black shirts have white printing. All will be available in both mens and woman's sizes/cuts. The shirts will be printed on high quality 100% Organic Cotton. Visit our Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1ctW0Nv to vote on which designs are you favorite.
Wristbands- Designs of the FeZZee wristbands with NFC tags will also be available soon. The wristbands will unlock premium content on both the website and in the smart phone. We have some pretty awesome plans here, that we hope to be announcing soon.
Phone charging bricks- At the festivals that FeZZee attends (see the section on Festival Packs, above) , we'll provide free "swap-charging" of your charging brick. Simply leave your brick and we'll give you a new fully charged one in exchange. Keep coming back as often as you like to exchange the bricks. Additional charging bricks will be available for an additional deposit for FeZZee users.
If you would like to see other rewards or have questions or suggestions for our current ones, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that we've whet your appetite by telling you a little of what we're doing, here's a bit more on how we'll be doing it.
FeZZee is web, smart phone, and social media apps working together. We're not a web site or a smart phone app that was created as an afterthought, and we're not a smart phone app that has a website just to sell merchandise. We've created a network of apps that work collectively together.
Doing what each do best
We're not going to ask you to do really complicated things on your Smart-phone and we're not going to simply duplicate exactly what we do with the web apps, on the Smart-phone. We've put a lot of energy into optimising the experience on each type of device.
At the time they do it best
Before, During, and After the festival. The fun doesn't stop after the events are over, and neither does FeZZee. But we are not creating a new social media platform ; we will be bringing FeZZee to where you are; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine and Spotify to name a few.
Speaking of time..
We're working hard now so we can finish in the first weeks of 2014, and we'll be ready for the first festivals in the US in April 2014. We're targeting at least 25 of the largest festivals in the US, UK and Europe in 2014.
Each Festival's data (lineup, maps, configuration options, etc) will be completely self contained and only loaded as needed. This will keep bandwidth usage low and the applications fast.
Made for music festival fans, by festival fans
We love music festivals, and we're highly experienced and technical engineers. We're not a pocketknife company trying to sell designer gear. We're don't create websites for shopping malls. Festivals are all that we do. Enough said.
How are we different?
Our core philosophy is that reliability and an impeccable user experience are the two most important aspects of product quality. For instance, the Smart-phone app must still provide valuable functionality even if there is zero connectivity. But if there is as good a connection as 4G is promising, the smart phone application will really shine. We're also keenly aware of the limitations of many of the technologies and the unique challenges that the festival environment presents.
What is 'Festival Smart'?
We're always suspicious of clever marketing phrases describing technology. But if you start looking closely at the way Smart-phones are designed, you will quickly notice that they're trying to overcome a different set of problems than what we have at festivals. Modern phones are optimized to overcome issues encountered on city streets; they're Street Smart. Large groups of people, in remote fields, with few or no tall buildings nearby, present a different set of problems. To complicate things, some festivals are held in cities. To accommodate the range of environments, your Smart-phone needs to be Festival Smart.
We've identified four main objectives with regards to Smart-phones and the problems they encounter at festivals
- Conserve battery life- The biggest problem people have with their Smart-phones at festivals, is that they run out of charge. We monitor every Smart-phone function and measure its impact on battery life, which enables us to make energy saving decisions and recommendations.
- Conserve signal and bandwidth- Along with monitoring and alerting on poor connectivity, we also make sure to be very conservative in what we transfer
- Reliable and available- We're building a deep understanding of the sensors over a range of devices and manufacturers
- Wickedly easy to use, in bright sunlight or darkness- Our apps adjust organically to the environment whenever possible.
Is Festival Smart just for Smart-phones?
How we arrived here
In 2009, Gene went to Bestival, a festival on the Isle of Wight in England, and couldn’t find his tent for hours, even though he had a ‘Find my Tent’ app that he downloaded for his iPhone. When he returned home, he started researching and writing an app, and by the next summer in 2010 at the Isle of Wight Festival, he was able to find his stuff easily.
Fast forward to the late spring on 2013. Gene left a cryptography startup he helped co-found, and was excited to get back to the festival idea. One evening, he attended a Raspberry Pi meet-up, organized by Matt Mapleston, and towards the end of the evening, the two realized they working on festival related software projects, and within weeks they had joined forces. Around the same time, Gene met Fola. Fola is the marketing manager for a record label and an artist manager. Soon, the three of us were combining our efforts to bring FeZZee to life.
FeZZee is committed to being an open source project, and is hosted on GitHub http://github.com/fezzee Our Lineup UI is already available on GitHub is you'd like to use it or you can fork it and help contribute to this effort.
Introducing FeZZee Labs
Beta 1- Tues 15 October 2013
- The Lineup UI with recommendation interface
- The Buzz Smart-phone user interface
- Secure web log-in
- Big data analytics
- The Location prototype for Smart-phones
- The Festival Smart engine for Smart-phones
- Smart-phone push notifications, in app update, and analytics
Beta 2- last week in Nov 2013
- The Recommendation engine for web and Smart-phone
- The Buzz features for Smart-phones and back-end
- The video interface for the creative crowd sourcing feature
- Social media integration
Beta 3/Media Release version- Early Jan 2014
Where does the money go?
100% of the funds will be used for Engineering (after satisfying the rewards due)
Approx 50% will be used for Testing and development of the Smart-phone Lab
Approx 30% will be used for Development
Approx 20% will be used for Cloud Infrastructure
Risks and challenges
We’re already outlined many of the challenges the festival environment presents.
One of our other challenges is the large range of smartphones that might be used. While the iPhone platform is more restricting in many ways, the tight control over the hardware makes it less challenging from one perspective. Android and Windows phone will present the biggest testing challenge.
To combat this we’ll be using approx. 50% of the funds raised to build a mobile device lab and for comprehensive testing. Combined with a beta program we hope you’ll support, we’re actively working to minimise this as much as possible. Given the fact that we’re given ourselves a realistic development schedule, we’re confident that we’ll have time to overcome any hurdles that will inevitably come our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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