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Copilot for your curiosity

Location-triggered infotainment, the map that you don't have to look at.

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Roamer tells the story of where you are. As you walk, bike, or drive through the real world your experience is enriched with easy to digest audio and video (music, stories, podcasts, public service announcements, weather, helpful information).

How will your solution benefit residents, workers, or visitors in the Michigan Central Station impact area? (1,000 characters)

Everyone. Have you ever seen something out the window or walking down the street and wondered "what's the story behind that ________?" Roamer answers that question. The Roamer platform can be used as a standalone app or as a layer on existing mapping, audio apps or websites. For example a person walks up to Michigan Central Station and we geo-trigger the history and interesting facts about the place, voiced by Alice Cooper.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Prototype - you have built a prototype and tested it with potential users

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

It is the best way to learn about a place. You can look, see, smell, and experience the reality of a location and receive current, relevant, interesting stories or helpful information through local voices.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Pete Culley - Developer + Tyler Stuart - Founder 10+ years working together building useful applications with millions of users Core team on CleanPrint, deployed on over 6,500 websites: CNN, ESPN, NBC, WSJ, Expedia, and Fox Cofounders of HANDLL - Instagram & Twitter display for websites and apps - uptime 99.997% over billions of user engagements Advisors built MapMyFitness (Chris Glode) and ran Mapquest (Luke Beatty)

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Are you submitting as a student team?

  • No

Are you submitting as a team from the Impact Area?

  • No

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

Populate the platform with locally-relevant content - "put content on the map" - $50K Make Roamer content available across existing local apps, maps, websites - $25K Let people know their city has bean "Roamer Enabled" and they can enjoy the ride - $25K

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We gather local content (public info, history, sports, stories, events) in text, audio and video and "put it on the map", or app, for easy access. For example the history of Michigan Central Station read by Alice Cooper would be placed on the platform with lat/long and a geofence around where we would trigger that content. For the pilot we can do a defined area of the city and put 1000 points of interest on the map for listeners to enjoy and learn from. We have already built the platform, will need to focus on the area you want covered and put the content on the map.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

If people used it, found it helpful, and told their friends about Roamer this is a win. Let's say more than half of first-time users give it a thumbs up that would be a nice start.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

Absolutely. What goes on the map stays on the map unless it is not adding value for listeners. We see a world where whatever you're looking at can be augmented with easily-digested information without lifting a finger.

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Hi Tyler Stuart ! I am a Michigan Central Station Challenge facilitator. This sounds like a fascinating service! Has it been implemented in other cities already? I especially like the suggestion of Alice Cooper as the narrator!

I'm wondering how this idea fits into the challenge question. Which opportunity area does this fit into? Would you be able to elaborate?

The Challenge Question:
How might we improve mobility for residents, workers, and visitors of the Michigan Central Station Impact Area today while also preparing for the future of the area?

Opportunity Areas:
Improve Access to Mobility Information
Make Mobility More Affordable
Build an Inviting Environment
Connect People, Places, and Opportunities