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FeZZee is designed to make music festivals less hassle and more fun, before, during and after the gigs.

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"

Benga- Radio 1 DJ, Producer, Benga Beats Ltd
Benga- Radio 1 DJ, Producer, Benga Beats Ltd

"the FeZZee app will be like your bible"

Jen Chae- Trendhunter Magazine
Jen Chae- Trendhunter Magazine

"The New Generation of Festival App.....that will save your life!"

Ella Guthrie- Guestlist Magazine
Ella Guthrie- Guestlist Magazine

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

Play that funky music
Play that funky music

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.

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.

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!

What's the Story, Morning Glory?
What's the Story, Morning Glory?

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...

Picture This!
Picture This!

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

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 info@fezzee.com

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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.

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Working together

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.

Festival Packs

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.

Never Gonna Let You Down
Never Gonna Let You Down

Smart-phone Objectives

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?

No, we're making our web and social media apps festival smart too. For example, we've made our custom Lineup web control work offline, so that if you've created a personal lineup, and you take you tablet to the festival, you won't need connectivity to view or edit it.

Prototypes

Here's a prototype of our custom Lineup component for creating your own schedules. The source code for this is available now on GitHub.






This is the FeZZee Social Screens solution for Festival Organizers. This years its been used at the Brit Awards Ceremony, by a UK outdoor movie theatre chain, and for a small music festival. Its also a demonstrates the social media aspect of our Buzz feature and instrumental part of its development.





This is a video of the original location prototype developed by Gene in 2010. This video was created about 6 months later for another developer, Sam, who needed help creating draggable pins- before Google maps provided this functionality. I've included it here for historical curiosity.




We'll be creating more prototypes during the course of the campaign. 




The Team

The FeZZee team is a small group of professionals and award winning programmers with a range of experience in technology, product development, and the music industry. We share a common passion for music and music festivals, and state of the art technology.

Gene Myers- Gene has held a range of senior management positions with over 15 year of experience in the IT sector. Most recently he was co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at CertiVox, a London start-up that designed and developed state of the art encryption and authentication infrastructures for PKWARE and Parallels. Prior to that Gene was the Director of European Product Development for Expedia.com, and Vice President of Product Development at Workshare. In 2001, Gene won the grand prize in an international programming contest for embedded devices; a trip to the edge of space in a Russian MiG-25 Foxbat. http://www.espial.com/company/press_item/id-82

Matt Mapleston- Matt was employed for over 14 years by British Aerospace (BAE Systems), and as a systems engineer he's written code for fast jets, and helped set standards for avionic architectures. Matt still holds a seat representing the UK in NATO's Science & Technology Organization. Matt left BAE in 2012, and soon started working at festivals in the UK, including moderating Tweets sent to the stage screens. Soon he began developing software to solve the problems he observed with the software he was using, and by 2013 this software was used at the Brit Awards, a large national outdoor theater group, and a small music festival. In 2012, while working on a project for Sony, Matt broke a Guinness Book World record for the largest video mosaic wall built of mobile phones. http://www.amphone.org/tag/video-wall



Fola Adejumo- Fola is a record label manager for Benga Beats in the UK. He manages artists including the Dubstep DJ Benga, and the electronic group Magnetic Man. Fola is a social media guru, has endless enthusiasm and a wicked sense of humor.

Gene + Matt
Gene + Matt

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.


The Technology

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.


0ur web applications are designed to be responsive on all devices, and support a common set of browsers.



We're employing the latest HTML5 technologies and Node.js, with Backbone and Express.




We've currently been prototyping our mobile phone solutions natively on the iPhone and Android platforms, but will soon be starting to develop on a cross platform solution to accommodate Blackberry and Windows Phone.


We're hosting our services on cloud based infrastructure, with Big Data databases, for elasticity, reliability, and scalability.

Introducing FeZZee Labs

We're in the process of creating a mobile device lab to fully measure and benchmark the variances between Smart-phones. We're using existing software where possible, and developing custom software where needed In the end, it will be the work we do here, that will ensure FeZZee is Festival Smart™.

iPhone development, while somewhat limited by the restrictive nature of Apple and iOS by design, has one major advantage; consistent hardware. The operating system, iOS, runs on one brand of phone, the iPhone. The same holds true for Blackberry. The Android and Windows operating systems face a bigger challenge; they need to work on phones from many manufacturers. Their challenge, is also ours.

While the operating system can abstract away some of the variances between phones, the performance of the features is not something they generally considered. For example, different features effect battery life in different ways. Using Bluetooth on some devices will drain the battery faster than on others. The range of Bluetooth is different amongst different manufacturers. The NFC antenna is located in different places on different handsets; knowing where to place the handset on the NFC tag can greatly effect how easy it is to read the tag.

Approximately one half of the money we raise from our crowd funding effort be used to create FeZZee Labs and fund our testing efforts. Our first smart-phone beta release will include benchmarking software for FeZZee Labs and the core of our 'Festival Smart' framework.

The Plan

From now until we launch in the first weeks of 2014, we'll be releasing a new Beta version of FeZZee every 6 weeks. We will have FeZZee completed no later than mid February 2014, in order to allow time for our iPhone app to transition through the Apple App Store process, and for all other apps to be be in our users hands, well before the first major festival in the US, Couchella, in April 2014.

Selected design partners, including those who earn that distinction by contributing to our crowd funding campaign, will have access to these Betas and helping us shape the direction of FeZZee through their feedback.

We're using a private Facebook group to coordinate our Beta program. If you are interested in becoming a design partner, please contribute to our crowd funding campaign or request membership to the FeZZee Users Group.

We are closely adhering to the Scrum methodology principal of 'Release Early, Release Often'. Our development schedule is based on 2 week cycles. This means everyone will have good visibility of our progress along the way, and updates to our Beta releases will be available every two weeks.

We're using a Pivotal Tracker to plan our releases and track bugs, and we invite to to follow our detail plan there.

NOTE- Detailed test plans and uses cases for the core framework and the mobile device lab will be published by Sep 16th on our blog.

The first Beta version of the Smart Phone apps may only be available for iPhone and Android users. iPhone users will need to submit their phones Device ID and install provisional certificates to become beta testers. More detailed information will be available on our website soon.

The three beta releases prior to our General Availability release in Feb 2014, will have the following preliminary objectives.


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

This release will be a complete version of all use cases, with approx six weeks for feedback before our final release.


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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 Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

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.

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