SESSION & PROJECT: My Favorate Meeting Place - A database of local meeting locations

Tim Erickson9 months ago
We started this project at last years GeoCode.

The idea was to create a database of places available for public meetings. Places like libraries, rec centers, churches, etc.  We built a basic prototype site and populated it with hundreds of locations in the Twin Cities. 

People respond positively to the idea and are very interested in the concept. However, we need to figure out if the value of the site/database is worth the effort it will take to bring the site to the next level and generate the kind of awareness that will actually generate traffic and usage. 

1) Is this a website or tool that people want and are actually likely to use?
2) Are there UI or technical improvements that would make a difference in whether or not people use the site?
3) How do we properly promote a site like this to build traffic and usage?
4) Are there other projects or partners that might be interested in leveraging the database that we've pulled together?

If folks are interested, I'd be open to spending time at GeoCode 3.0 hacking on the site. 
I would also be interested in a session focused on explaining the thoughts and goals behind the site and getting input from others on the future of the project. 

Volunteers:

http://myfavoritemeetingplace.com/


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  • dave@benders-of-edina.com dave@benders-of-edina.com • 9 months ago

    Some thoughts from your questions, from bottom to top:

    4) Are there other projects or partners that might be interested in leveraging the database that we've pulled together?
    I was looking for a way to create a list of bulletin boards throughout the community.   I mean the old-fashioned bulletin boards, like at the grocery store, where you "post" a notice, like a lost dog note, by sticking a piece of paper to the board with a thumbtack. So, yes, I'd be interested in seeing what you've got and whether it can be leveraged.

    3) How do we properly promote a site like this to build traffic and usage?
    You need to find who needs it. This is a niche chunk of data. You need to find groups that don't have a meeting place or want a different meeting place. One thought would be to come up with a poster or flyer and leave that for distribution at each of the meeting rooms that would allow it. A flier like "This meeting room is featured on MyFavoriteMeetingPlace.com!!"

    2) Are there UI or technical improvements that would make a difference in whether or not people use the site?
    Of course!  Everything can always get better, right?

    1) Is this a website or tool that people want and are actually likely to use?
    As noted, this is for a niche audience.  If you're looking for a place to hold a meeting and don't have one, it's a godsend.  But that seems like a limited set of people.









  • Benjamin Rosas Benjamin Rosas • 9 months ago

    I've thought about building a service that lets you enter a number of "origin" locations and it proposes a meeting place, or list of places, that are in the middle, or some quantity of "least far away" for everybody. Even better if it is aware of business hours when making these suggestions.
    Maybe this feature can be part of with myfavoritemeetingplace. I think it would be very valuable.
  • Tim Erickson Tim Erickson • 9 months ago

    Great ideas. I look forward to chatting with you all tomorrow!