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free.near.me Presentation

  1. 1. free.near.me 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.
  2. 2. freecycling ™ • giving away unwanted items to others (gift economy) • 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.
  3. 3. freecycle.org + 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 valuable service.
  4. 4. reyooz.com + 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.
  5. 5. + the emerging marketplace.
  6. 6. • aggregate and search across sites • saved searches with push notifications • local searches (geo-location) • other notifications (Twitter, SMS…) free.near.me + 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.
  7. 7. Demo + 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.”
  8. 8. Thank you

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