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Launched in 2003 and "sunsetted" last year, Upcoming.org was the original art and tech events community. Let's bring it back.
Launched in 2003 and "sunsetted" a decade later, Upcoming.org was the original art and tech events community. We're bringing it back.
Launched in 2003 and "sunsetted" a decade later, Upcoming.org was the original art and tech events community. We're bringing it back.
1,787 backers pledged $104,983 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Olly S about 22 hours ago

      Back in May of last year I was forgiving of delays but this is getting ridiculous... What is happening? When will the site be ready for a public beta?

    2. Andru Edwards on January 22

      Are these comments even being looked at? What is with the complete lack of updates for over half a year? A lot of people payed their good, hard-earned money towards this project which just seems to have taken out collective $105,000 and ran.

      Hoping for an update that proves that sentiment wrong.

    3. Sean Johnson on January 16

      Is there any progress?
      Or, can we assume this is shelved?

    4. Nancy on December 25

      It's December 2016. At what point do you cut your losses and say "screw it." I'm a software consultant for a small company and we would be out of business if we missed our deadline by a couple of months, forget a couple of years.

      I'm calling this one a wash. Andy, I hope you enjoy all of your tweeting and other work that you do.

    5. Olly S on November 18

      So, any progress?

    6. Chris Messina on October 17

      So... it's been about four months... and there haven't been any apparent updates in the Github repo. Is this project dead... again?

    7. Andy Baio 3-time creator on June 2, 2016

      Hello, all! If you're a backer, but somehow missed the update notifications, all recent activity is over in the Updates section. If you didn't back the project, but are curious about its progress, two recent developments:

      1. The Upcoming.org Archive is now publicly available, a collection of 7.6 million events restored from 2003-2013 site to their original URLs, along with their respective users, venues, and watchlists. It's at http://archive.upcoming.org/

      2. Backers are currently beta-testing the new site, and it will be publicly available to non-backers when it's done.

      Thanks for your interest!

    8. Olly S on May 28, 2016

      Andy, FORGET THE DEADLINES! I think I speak for everyone who backed this project, that while we would love to see Upcoming coming back at some point, we don't want it to result in you spiralling into depression and self-flaggelation! Don't worry about the delays. We support you, and we believe in you. Upcoming will be done, when its done. Focus on your health and family. My advice - give yourself permission to walk away from it for a while. Take a few guilt-free months off from it. If you come back to if with fresh eyes, it might result in new inspiration, and no longer be the monster on your back!

    9. Greg Maletic on May 27, 2016

      Just read the latest update. Don't panic: it'll be done when it's done. No rush necessary.

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      Jon Walker on May 21, 2016

      I smell... a piece shit

      Andy is a serial tweeter and he checks Kickstarter almost everyday (you can see that). Yet, he can't give a 1 line update in 9 months? wtf $100k andy=disrespectful

      Sure, he may pull Upcoming out of his ass but that won't change how he treated us/me as a Kickstarter supporter over the last 2 years. #tippingpoint

    11. Justin Riehl on May 11, 2016

      Andy Andy... I’m no hater and I’m not a random jerk trashing you online (which I guess is a concern of yours) but 1,787 backers pledged $104,983 to bring your project to life. You could have used just 1/4 of that to sponsor a 2-week build-athon or managed a platform buildout using elance. Instead, your supporters get excuses about you being too distracted to meet your commitment. And don’t point to your @upcomingorg twitter channel – it’s had a total of 10 tweets since 7 May 2014, the last one being almost a year ago. I guess we can all call this one.
      @waxpancake is a serial tweeter but your Kickstarter supporters haven’t seen an Upcoming.org update for the past 9 months. $104,983 gone to t-shirts and …. (???) /Disrespected

    12. John Devor on April 30, 2016

      Is Upcoming.org upcoming?

    13. Neil Crosby on March 26, 2016

      Apparently there's going to be a "big update" to us by the end of next week. https://twitter.com/waxpancake/status/713150902866092032

      By my reckoning, "the end of next week" is April 1st. I hope that doesn't bode poorly.

    14. Neil Crosby on March 9, 2016

      Sounds like it's going to be radio silence to us folks until "It's done". https://twitter.com/waxpancake/status/702227313165860865

      Not great, but I guess it is what it is.

    15. Trudo on March 2, 2016

      I'd love to hear an update on this as I totally forgot about it. Escape the silence trap again! :)
      Even if it's dead, in which case, oh well.

    16. David Markland on February 25, 2016

      Eager to see this project come to fruition, have no regrets backing even if it turns out a more than reasonable effort to complete it failed. But I really don't understand the lack of updates.

    17. Neil Crosby on January 24, 2016

      Three weeks ago, when I wrote that last comment, I also sent a direct message to Andy, since creators don't seem to get any emails from kickstarter telling them that people have been commenting.

      No reply, either publicly or privately. Disappointing.

    18. Olly S on January 1, 2016

      "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

      - Douglas Adams

    19. Neil Crosby on January 1, 2016

      It's a new year, and I'd love an update. XOXO was months ago, and there haven't been any updates to the github repo in half a year. This is making the project look very dead. If it is, so be it. If it isn't, it would be great to see some activity.

      Either way, an update would be very much appreciated.

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      Choire Sicha on December 29, 2015

      I BELIEVE IN YOU! I don't need an update! :)

    21. Sean Johnson on December 8, 2015

      An update would be good, regardless of progress.

    22. Alan Cohen on November 30, 2015

      So what's the deal

    23. Matthew Bogart on November 28, 2015

      I've been thinking about the silence trap recently for a project I've been working on. Doing so made me want to mention here that regardless what has been happening or how this project ends up, I'm happy I backed this.

    24. Andru Edwards on October 19, 2015

      Is...is this still happening...?

    25. Andy Baio 3-time creator on July 29, 2015

      A reminder that all updates are getting posted over here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waxpancake/the-return-of-upcomingorg/updates

    26. Andy Baio 3-time creator on July 13, 2015

      Ha, no pressure!

    27. Skylar Woodward on July 13, 2015

      I miss Upcoming so much. My life will be changed once again when this launches. I can't wait!!!

      Keep it up Andy - we're behind you.

    28. Andy Baio 3-time creator on July 12, 2015

      Yes! I launched this project with the intention of having a sustainable project to work on when I'm not doing XOXO. Inevitably, my time becomes more scarce in the months leading up to September (when the festival occurs) and frees up immediately after. I expect that cycle of speedups and slowdowns will continue as long as I'm doing the festival, and as long as I'm the only one working on it. If Upcoming ever gets to the point that it's earning enough money to hire a team, that'll change. Until then, it's just me.

      I have absolutely no intention of stopping Upcoming development. When our new workspace opens this fall, I'll be working on it there. I hoped to have launched a beta in May, and I'm more disappointed than anyone that milestone's behind schedule, and I'll have another update shortly with more information.

      This is a project I intend to work on for the next several years, and I want to do it right.

    29. Nancy on July 12, 2015

      Didn't we hear the same things last summer? No development on upcoming.org because resources are on XOXO?

    30. Javier Arce on June 5, 2015

      I asked Andy about Upcoming on Twitter (Jun 3):

      @waxpancake:
      "@javier Still ingesting Upcoming data (4.5M events right now!), but new development's temporarily taking a back seat to XOXO launch stuff…"

      "@javier I'll post another update as soon as these announcements are out in the next couple weeks. Getting close!"

    31. Andy Baio 3-time creator on March 18, 2015

      Yikes, I never look over here! All the updates are over in the Updates section, and code's over on Github! <3

    32. Alan Cohen on February 20, 2015

      Just a reminder: "I’ve neglected weekly updates, but they’re coming back. Starting now. "

    33. Javier Arce on January 14, 2015

      Andy posted this last week on Twitter:

      "@garrettc @upcomingorg Yes! Big update coming, most likely Tuesday morning. Sorry about the long delay."

      https://twitter.com/waxpancake/status/553662963689603073

    34. Ravi Vasavan on January 11, 2015

      Has there been any progress with the build? On github it shows that last update was made three months ago.

    35. Suw Charman-Anderson on October 27, 2014

      Not sure where the best place for a feature request is, or even if this is in your plans already, but I'm interested in knowing if it will be possible to extract and embed a feed of events that comply with particular search parameters on an external website. I run Ada Lovelace Day, and each October we end up with dozens of grassroots events around the world. This year we had over 65 events in 14 countries on 5 continents. At the moment, we get each organiser to fill in a Google Form, and then I have someone reformat that data to put it on our website, in our newsletter etc. It would be awesome if instead I could embed an Upcoming form on our website, and then extract an ALD feed to feature on our events page. I'm a big fan of not re-inventing the wheel, and it would be so much better to use Upcoming for this next year than to find a way to automate it myself! Any chance of functionality like that happening? (And apologies if this has already been discussed somewhere - I've not been able to keep up!)

    36. Andy Baio 3-time creator on October 23, 2014

      Whoops, just saw this. I'm posting weekly updates here:
      https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/waxpancake/the-return-of-upcomingorg/posts

    37. Ken Burgin on October 16, 2014

      What's happening? Seems like a long wait...

    38. Andy Baio 3-time creator on June 1, 2014

      Thanks, everybody! In case you missed it, I put a special message up on Upcoming as soon as the project ended... http://upcoming.org/

    39. Tarikh Korula on May 30, 2014

      Congrats, Andy!!!

    40. Bryan on May 30, 2014

      Congratulations! This is going to be wonderful.

    41. Paola Kathuria on May 30, 2014

      Re: " I haven't decided about open-sourcing the entire site, mostly because my code is pretty ugly and I'm embarrassed, but I might just have to get over that." there's a thing I heard once: "your ideas will go further if you don't go with it." Ideas -> code?

      In the reboot, I'd like some simple things addressed, such as the duplication of venues and events because people (will always) describe things differently. SongKick has this problem too.

      I think Upcoming had a way of suggesting merged venues but it'd be good to have a 24hr turnaround. Having to list a new event at 5 variations of the same venue gets annoying very quickly (e.g., Barbican).

      Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr have trained us to expect instant feedback and gratification now (with likes and comments). I think that Upcoming needs to concentrate on reducing existing pain points before adding new features.

      I'm looking forward to being able to use Upcoming again. I added a lot of events to Upcoming in the genre I was interested in (film and game music concerts, and UX events).

      I followed people with similar interests to see what was coming up. I currently use Lanyrd for that now but it's really annoying as I have to follow people on a Twitter before their events are shown to me in a Lanyrd. Whereas I just want to know where they are going or speaking, I don't want to follow their lives on a Twitter.

    42. Leonard Lin on May 17, 2014

      Hey guys, just got back from having mind-blowing Szechuan cuisine and hugging Pandas (if you ever find yourself near Chengdu China you must do this. It is amazeballs).

      I'm traveling w/o most of my computing but just wanted to mention that I have 50+ pages of notes on how a new events platforms w/ similar goals to the original Upcoming.org might be improved/implemented as well as a fair amount of code I've written over the past few years that might be applicable depending on the infrastructure choices.

      While I know that Andy's somewhat ambivalent, my strong inclination would be towards making the project open source and radically open/transparent and I'd happily spend the extra effort to make that reasonably secure (dev/devops best practices, secure/private repos for key/secret storage, etc)...

      Will be a couple more weeks before I'm able to catch up, but awesome seeing so many familiar faces and fond memories all these years later. I think we can do something pretty cool here!

    43. David Beach on May 9, 2014

      Hey Andy. I just wanted to say that I'm happy you're doing this. Keep it up! Also here's a photo of me in 2006 after I stole a framed photo off the wall of Yahoo Shopping's lobby. https://flic.kr/p/nxRc4o Enjoy.

    44. Andy Baio 3-time creator on May 9, 2014

      Frankie: I think that's precisely why most events startups have fallen, because they've chosen one or the other. They either attempt to be comprehensive, or they attempt to only serve private/semi-private social events. Upcoming was always different—it was always about social discovery, and every event was added by the community.

      I have plenty of thoughts about how this could work, and I'll elaborate in updates as we go.

    45. Frankie Roberto on May 9, 2014

      Looking forward to seeing the site (re)develop!

      I'm curious as to what you feel the primary purpose of the site will be.

      As I see it, sites like Upcoming have two uses: discovery (of great events) and social (indicating attendance and seeing which of your friends are going). The first requires having lots of event data, whereas the the latter requires lots of users.

      The two aren't completely in conflict, of course – social can be a way of discovering events – but it might be hard to do both well. Foursquare are in process of splitting their service into two after discovering that few users do both...

    46. Hisham Haslir on May 9, 2014

      Singapore represent :) Can't wait to test out the beta

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