The best solutions are found in self-experienced problems.
Victor Gong is a twenty something Hawaiian guy who enjoys playing basketball in his spare time. But he thinks it’s a snag trying to arrange games with his peers, and he has grown tired of being the middleman of communication.
“Who’s going? What time? Where is it? Can you ask him/her?”
Victor is not just a twenty something baller, but a skilled dev too. And just like that, he has created Ciya.
Ciya is a social planning app for organizing quick events while keeping everyone involved in the planning. Suggested use cases for this U.S. exclusive app are for instance local sport games, jam sessions, and even Tinder group dating.
“No obligations, just interests.”
Ciya lets users create free, private events between friends, or public ones for a small fee to find new and like-minded people. The app also keeps members in the loop on the activity, location, who’s going and when. To communicate with everyone involved, Ciya has an IM feature called Party Chat.
Victor started working on Ciya with a friend and a team at the AT&T Developer Summit Hackathon. He is technically working solo now, but he has some awesome backup from both the Sinch team and Parse, while building his very first android project.
After finding Sinch’s tutorials online, Victor started using our in-app instant messaging SDK, mainly for 1-1 chat. He found it challenging to enable multi messaging, as he felt that there were too few documents to help him out. However, he managed to build it anyway, without even reaching out to our support team.
At this point, Victor was halfway into the project and had just created a stable prototype for joining events. The Ciya app is still in early beta, so there are no MU’s to keep track of – yet.
Victor is super passionate about the idea, and he has a promising plan for the nearest future. He’s currently ticking off boxes on the project’s to do-list, adding everything from personal profiles and better event displays to an about the app feature and user limits, as well as stress testing the app.
The only thing Victor is missing from Sinch is emoticons. Besides that, he’s really happy with the service as it is “easily accessible for developers”.
“Sinch is a really straight forward IM platform.”
Thanks for wanting us to back up your project, Victor! The ball is in your court.
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