freecycling aggregator & mobile client
Alex Butcher, @alexbutcher
Nick Butcher, @crafty
Jason Cale, @mrjase
Seb Nash, @sebbo
+ Seb Nash from ‘Wizards of the Digital Frontier,’ introducing our entry: free.near.me.
• giving away unwanted items to others (gift
• reducing consumerism, saving landﬁlls
+ very quick introduction to ‘freecycling’ (the mechanism). deﬁne terms.
+ we feel that this is a problem that the Internet, in conjunction with location-aware mobile
devices, could solve much more effectively.
+ originator, market leader. but there are problems with Freecycle. OpenFreecycle
(openhacklondon winner) addressed closed nature of Freecycle (based on Yahoo! Groups).
+ other wider concerns for Freecycle. community disputes, mutinies, etc. threaten this
+ but this is the Internet, when users get frustrated or dissatisﬁed, other services emerge.
luckily, that’s happening.
+ Reyooz is an example of a new wave of freecycling site. well designed, generous API and
other features that we developers expect from modern web services.
• aggregate and search across sites
• saved searches with push notiﬁcations
• local searches (geo-location)
• other notiﬁcations (Twitter, SMS…)
+ aggregation saves you having to sign up for all sites, and keep on top of them.
+ push notiﬁcations — freecycling etiquette is “ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve.” push notiﬁcations
direct to mobile device would be highly advantageous in competition for desirable items.
+ Jase presents service technology.
+ Nick presents mobile client.
+ Alex concludes: “we want to create a service that would be useful for individuals and
beneﬁcial to the wider community. not bore/shame people with stats.”