Garrett Heinlen

Enthusiastic Ruby developer, actively seeking to be ballin'. I enjoy long talks on the internet and my perfect evening is coding with the ones I love..

Eventie - A launched side project.

I launched my side project Eventie. Yay.

Since I can remember, I have always been working on something in my free time, learning a new language, trying to make a game, building cheesy apps, but I have never actually launched anything. It's quite depressing when you put it into words, but that was the case.

While attending RubyConf 2015 in Melbourne I watched this great talk by Collis from Envato about side projects and start ups - which I highly recommend. This talk really inspired me to finish something.

I had been working on app called Eventie which aims to make getting event sponsorship easier. I previously ran a RubyMotion meetup in Sydney and found it incredibly hard to find sponsors. I have talked to people in similar shoes who have run much bigger events and conferences, so I figured I would try to solve the problem.

Eventie helps event organizers find sponsors. Event organizers can easily create a page for their event highlighting all their sponsor packages. This easily allows potential sponsors to have an overview of the available packages at a glance. Eventie makes it simple for sponsors to register their interest in a particular package tier.

Eventie is built in Rails and I am taking full advantage of the new Trailblazer framework. It's has a fairly minimal feature set and that is fine! It is a very simple application at the moment, but there are many ways where it could grow to become much more.

A few features that I have in mind for the future if things kick off:

  • Recommend sponsors to big name events
  • Recommend big name events to sponsors
  • Allow sponsors to have a taste profile (hiring, selling, karma, etc.) to suggest relevant events that would maximize their investment in sponsoring
  • Search for events for a particular category (tech (which type of tech event), sports, music, etc.)
  • Search for events via distance
  • Sync up with Lanyrd to make it easier to create events for organizers
  • and many more..

The main thing to take away though is I didn't. I didn't build every possible feature I could think of. I kept it as simple as possible. I wanted to get it out to there and just ship it. It feels really good knowing that I have actually spent the time, despite having to do the boring tedious tasks to get everything ready, I launched a side project.

Mailers, design, css, forgot password, etc., all the things that aren't actually fun, but are needed to make a project complete actually take a lot more time than you would originally think. In my mind, it's the small things that make a site "finished".

The next step is what I'm really interested to explore. The rest. I am a programmer. I am good at actually building the thing, but there are so many other steps it takes to make a successful product. All which I am still trying to figure out. I am playing with Adwords, Reddit ads, Facebook ads, marketing, monetization strategies, but I still have no idea what's going on, and I love it. I think that is the best way to learn.

Until then.

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