Hi there! It's been a little while since we've posted, and quite frankly, this is long overdue, but we wanted to sincerely thank everyone that supported us in our Kickstarter campaign. We didn't quite reach our goal, but we are grateful for all the support we received. It means a lot to us that you were willing to part ways with your hard-earned cash to help support us. Even though our campaign is done, that doesn't mean Galavant is over. We still have some work to do, but we plan on getting a working Galavant app out there!
And in case you missed our Kickstarter campaign, keep reading to see all that our campaign entailed. It's also a great way to get familiar with Galavant if you aren't already!
What Is Galavant?
Meeting new people is hard. Keeping up with your hobbies is hard. Saying ‘No’ to that all night Netflix binge is hard. We can’t solve all your problems, but we can help out with a few of them. Galavant makes it a little bit easier to pull yourself away from your screen and get outside to enjoy the glorious summer months ahead. You don’t want to be sitting on your couch letting the fun pass you by. Get out and join in on it! Grab your phone, open up Galavant, and see what’s happening around you. You’ll find any event you can think of, from pickup volleyball, to board games, to huge festivals!
Galavant is an event-based app that aims to make it easy for anyone to create and attend events, while meeting new friends along the way. Galavant is not a social media app, it's a social interaction app. What’s the difference? The difference is that we feature events. We don’t feature videos of you singing in the car, or your cat knocking your water off the table, or posts of how you finally made that perfect grilled cheese. We don’t see the need for additional clutter, so we don't include it. Another thing we don’t include? Ads. No one likes ads, so we won’t have them. Ever.
We've made a beautiful and easy to use event-based app that’s great for hosting and attending events. We’ve got some cool features we want to show you, like our Degrees of Separation, so check out the rest of the campaign to see what makes Galavant worth backing!
The Galavant Difference
So what makes Galavant different? Well, I already gave away a few spoilers, but we are a social interaction app, not a social media app. Say goodbye to time wasting and say hello to actual people!
Something else that we focus on is keeping each event unique. When we say unique, we just mean that you can’t set up an event and have it recurring every week, you’d have to create the event each time you want it to happen. A recurring event causes the same group of people to attend every time and Galavant is meant to have events that promote meeting new people, without being an outsider to a pre-established group. Creating a new event every time is a fresh start for everyone, which means there will always be a unique group of people at each event.
Another downfall of recurring events is it can be easily forgotten about. The attendees might think that the event is happening, when in reality the host was planning to delete the event, but never ended up doing that. It just creates confusion and a situation where some people might show up to an event that isn’t really happening. We think eliminating recurring events will help ensure that everyone knows that each event on Galavant is a live event that is going to happen.
A feature that we are really excited about is the Degrees of Separation. It’s a filtering system that is great for everyone, whether you are looking for an event or hosting an event.
As a host, it’s great because you have control over who can attend your event. You have three options: 1st Degree, 2nd Degree, and Public.
As someone attending events, you can set these same filters to help you decide which type of events you would like to go to. If you’re feeling adventurous and are okay without knowing anyone at an event, then choose public! If you feel like hanging out with just your friends, then choose 1st degree. Or maybe 2nd degree is the way to go so that you can become better acquainted with your friends’ friends. The choice is up to you and you can change it as often as your mood changes!
Community is important. It’s where you live, where you eat, where you shop, where you go to festivals, where you get coffee. Community has a huge impact on how you go about your daily life. We want you to take full advantage of everything around you, which is why we aim to partner up with local shops, bars, restaurants, government, and charities so you never miss events in your area.
Community isn't just about what is around you, it's also about who is around you. Galavant has a great way to strengthen and build your own personal community with your friends. Keep up with your friends by sending them a message or invite them to events you think they'd like. It's also easy to find and add friends from past events, or through mutual friends!
We aim to make Galavant a pleasant and easy user experience. We've worked hard to bring you the features that are important and left out the ones that aren't Let's take a tour, shall we?
It’s really easy to start hosting an event with Galavant. Just put in the usual info. like location, date, time, quick description, and title. Then pick which category it falls under. An event picture will automatically be chosen, but feel free to upload one of your own! Decide how public or private you would like your event to be and choose one of the Degrees of Separation. And lastly, choose a range of how many people you would like to attend. And that’s it! Your event is live!
Once it’s live, you can choose to invite your friends so they have the first opportunity to see and join your event. Once people start to join, you can stay organized with discussion threads. Threads will help keep information about the event organized so that you don’t have to scroll through random conversations to find the information you’re looking for!
We also have map integration for your event so that anyone who is attending your event can click on the map and navigate right to your event.
A huge focus for Galavant is to make sure events are easy to find and easy to attend. With our event filtering system, Galavant makes it easy to find the events that are perfect for you and that fit your busy schedule.
One of the most important filters is the category filter. There are a number of different categories for you to pick from and follow. When we first launch, there will be more broad categories, like court sports. But once we grow we will expand those categories into more specific ones based on how many people are attending those events such as basketball, volleyball, tennis, racquetball, and handball. The categories that you follow will show up on the bar at the bottom of the map where you can scroll through and select which category of events you'd like to see on the map.
Another filter is the Degrees of Separation, which is a huge benefit for Galavant. You’ll be able to choose which events you would like to attend based on who’s going to be there. If you’re feeling a little adventurous and want to meet anyone, you can look through the public degree filter. Maybe you want more of a quaint event with your friends, then look through the 1st Degree filter. Or if you want something in the middle, the 2nd Degree filter is perfect.
The time and location filters are also important to help find events that cater to your schedule. If you want to find something on weeknights after work, you can do that. If you want to just find weekend events, you can do that too.
For our business model, we chose to do a monthly subscription. However, there is and always will be a free version that you can use. You still have access to all of the core features, but you’ll get some benefits if you subscribe to one of our monthly subscriptions.
We elected to do a monthly subscription service instead of ads because we value your privacy. Large companies sell your data to anyone that will buy and can gather huge amounts of information off of you. We think a couple bucks per month is totally worth the privacy you gain in return. But as always, there will be a free version, too!
The Community Plan is for the shops, bars, restaurants, government, and charities. The subscription cost will vary for community users based on their activity level and will be the only ones that can post to the community category.
Check out the graphic below for the subscription levels and the features you get with each.
Where We Are Now
We have been hard at work and currently have a functioning version of the app. It isn’t perfect yet, but we're working on getting it there! We are currently in private beta testing. If you'd like to participate in our private beta, send us an email! We'll get you signed up so that you can help us shape Galavant!