This intro is longer than usual. Sorry, skip ahead to the good stuff.
In the spring of 2018, my team and I were tasked with creating an app that will feature the use of Viberate’s database. This was requested of us because of the promises made in the ICO Whitepaper by Viberate. Little did I know, this would turn out to be the longest project I worked on.
Our hands were free as to what this app was supposed to do. So we went on exploring.
I was tasked to lead the UX and UI design for this app - the guidelines were quite disappointing i.e. Follow AirBnB so there was not much room for creativity.
Since our time and resources were limited at the time, we only managed to do some secondary research and some competition analysis. We learned that there exists a market for apps offering events and decided to go that way. We had a two-day workshop with our art directors, that produced some interesting results. We found that there were some areas we could improve on with our large database and we set off to present this to the leadership. They were not pleased - apparently we did not follow the right steps at creating the product so our first idea was scrapped.
To make up for the lost time it was decided, to create another workshop, basically a hackathon, where three teams of chosen people set off to find the next big app idea.
The workshop was lead by my boss and our art director. We had two days to produce an idea and present it, and in the end, we all came to similar results. Possibly because we’re all infected by previous ideas.
The outcome of this hackathon was an app that provided users with a list of rated venues with events, additionally, there were two other functions that stood out. The Ask a local section, which was a sort of live review of a venue you were interested in, and the hotspot place, which was a live map of where people were gathering. This enabled you to choose the best location in the city to go out and never have a bad night again.