We believe you need to keep on traveling yourself to make a travel app. You just can’t do it in an office. So one of the things we do on a regular basis is organize Jamborees: get togethers for the team in an exciting place. The past year we’ve been in Amsterdam, Berlin and Morocco and and now we are in Sitges, just south of Barcelona for a week.
The whole team in a big house, code all day, brainstorm all night about the next release (codename Aubergine) and do some traveling ourselves to experience first hand what the problems are that need fixing. To give some idea of how these experiences make our app better, let's go back to the beginning of the year.
During our January Jamboree we had the whole team in an old Riad in Marrakech to work on a new release. In the weekend we were going on a day trip to Essaouira and we were looking for the place where the grand-taxi’s leave. And we can’t find it in our own app.We had been building our travel app with great suggestions for sightseeing and eating out and testing it in places we knew well. And we had forgotten what it felt like to be in strange city where no-one speaks English and everything’s broken. What it felt like to be really lost. That same night we started coding and added a new section to the app. Maps with practical places: bus stations, pharmacies, police stations. The kind of things you just need when you're lost.
By Richard Osinga on Thursday, October 04, 2012