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RALLY
CHARGE

MOBILE APP

ABOUT PROJECT

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About company:

Rally Charge is a rapid charging network that enables customers to recharge for FREE in their favorite places, and provide them the most relevant content and quickly facilitating digital transactions. It also enables them to customize their private chargers to make their life simpler.

OUR WORK

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Android

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Backend

Graphic design

iOS App

1. PROCESS

Rally Charge is an app that can work in two ways. For business, it can attract clients by offering free charging devices for the effort of signing into the app. You can customise the advertising campaign that will be shown on the mobile while charging. For individual clients, they can customize their charger to work in a simple ITTT (If This Than That) manner. Rally chargers work with simple USB plug, so they are portable, and can be used anywhere.

The app uses Android Host-Accessory feature that allows to communicate with a custom hardware device.

Ola, Android Developer

“The most interesting thing about working on Rally Charge app was the integration with the custom charger. It uses Android Host-Accessory feature for communication with the hardware device, and gives great opportunities for future development and potential usages.”

2. MOBILE APP

IOS APP:

iOS ecosystem is known for its power efficiency and battery lifetime optimizations that limits third-party work when the app is not in the foreground. When using external accessory developer receives a great power of working in a background, but it also comes with great responsibility to not abuse user’s trust and drain his/her battery. Rally Charge iOS app has a privilege to operate without any limitations but it still meets the highest resource efficiency standards in order to deliver best user experience in all possible areas.

Campaigns

The business has the ability to assign a charger to a specific custom advertising campaign, and show the advertisements on the user’s phone while charging.

Charging points

Collect points for each charging session. Later, you can exchange them for some awesome gifts.

MAP

Easily find charging points using a built-in map.

ITTT

Customize your private charger to work in a simple If This Than That manner i.e. switch your phone into silent mode, or integrate it with your IoT devices.

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3. ADMIN PANEL

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Custom crafted admin panel allows user to manage all collected data in one place. From statistics to single customer view, we provide clear view to what happen in application. Through simple email and sms templates, you can create your own marketing campaigns. All connected to native mobile applications out of the box.

4. APP REDESIGN

Consistent Visual Communication

This project belongs to a group of apps provided by Rally which works with rally charger.

Our main goal was to make visual communication very clear and consistent, even between the apps from the group. During the redesign process, to emphasize that all those apps belong to one brand, we created style guidelines, that can be also applied in the next apps. We share essentials elements between apps, starting with icons, buttons and form looks, typography and other basic elements. By using familiar patterns we allow users to learn faster how to use the app.

For Rally charge app we have used dark background colors and light texts. The main color is vivid turquoise, which makes CTA elements standing out from the layout. We stay with a minimalist, clear design based on delicate lettering and lined up icons.

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5. TECHNOLOGIES & INTEGRATIONS

FINAL PRODUCT

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RESULTS

Railwaymen has expertise in a deployment of IoT Technology, so building hardware integrated applications aren’t something new for us. We have been a partner for Rally from the beginning for software development. We developed Rally’s mobile apps, APIs, SDK and backend, as well as administration dashboard.

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Testimonial:

“Through Railwaymen’s attentive involvement from scoping to prototyping, the fully functional IoT solution launched successfully on the App Store. The team’s rapid turnaround time, clear communication, and accurate estimates continue to support an evolving business vision.”

Cory Azzalino,

CEO, Rally Charge
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Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda - Head of Sales

Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda

Head of Sales

Createcoin

THE WORLD’S FIRST

BLOCKCHAIN

IDEA PLATFORM

WEB APP

ABOUT PROJECT

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CreateCoin is a revolutionary platform that allows people to get paid in cryptocurrency for their best business ideas and feedback. Main features include leaderboard gamify the experience for the most active people, token distribution, and the discovery page.

OUR WORK

Project Management

Backend

Frontend

UX/UI

QA

1. PROCESS

Our cross-functional team, at the peak point, consisted of seven dedicated tech professionals. We’ve put a lot of energy to make the processes goes smoothly and established the communication flow that works well for both parties. CreateCoin is named the world’s first blockchain idea platform, so it was a great challenge for us to meet all current needs and understand their revolutionary vision. At the moment, we provided our clients with the first version of the platform, so we are still in the exploratory mode and waiting for more features to come.

Weronika, Project Manager

“Ivan and Jeffrey from CrowdCreate are amazing entrepreneurs with heads full of new ideas. They are participating in almost every international blockchain conference, which makes them know the industry inside out. They’re working with a lot of startups, so they also know where the innovation comes from. It’s a great pleasure and a challenge to work with them on the CreateCoin platform.”

2. WEB APP

The activity on the platform is based on the gamification. The CreateCoin community has a chance to be a part of the cutting-edge projects worldwide and – what’s most important – be rewarded for that. On the other side, authors of the projects have a possibility to gain valuable feedback from people that want their ideas to be noticed and considered by the famous brands.

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WAYS OF GIVING THE FEEDBACK

IDEAS – To increase the chance of winning the contest, users can always submit their idea, give their feedback in the different project sections as well as use sharing options to encourage friends to vote on already submitted ideas.

PHOTO RATING – This section is dedicated to choosing the best option and adding users’ own if they have any. The ‘heart’ icon is the easy way to vote and gain more coins.

FEEDBACK SURVEY – The CreateCoin platform is a place where innovative ideas evolve. The third section that is optional for project authors is a feedback survey. We included 5 specific types of questions such as 1 to 10 voting, star rating, text answer, single and multiple choices.

SUMMARY OF THE USER ACTIVITY

On the CreateCoin platform, we track the number of upvotes and downvotes to make it visible for users which ideas have the highest value among the community. Each action is being rewarded and users can also view the summary of their involvement in the User Dashboard.

3. REWARDS SYSTEM

CRYPTOCURRENCY​

The activity on the platform is based on the gamification. The CreateCoin community has a chance to be a part of the cutting-edge projects worldwide and – what’s most important – be rewarded for that. On the other side, authors of the projects have a possibility to gain valuable feedback from people that want their ideas to be noticed and considered by the famous brands.

 

To make it real, our development team integrated the BlockCypher API with the CreateCoin platform and thanks to that the process of transferring the Ethereum or Bitcoin rewards is a ‘no hassle’ process. We also took care of the highest security standards for making transfers in both cryptocurrencies.

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Piotr, Backend, Team Leader

“Our goal was to provide the greatest possible security for our clients. That’s why we decided to store the private keys of both wallets in an encrypted form, protected by the password. For this purpose, we have created a special script that allows encrypting the password on the client side, the private key of the wallet does not go beyond his computer and all transactions are authorized by his own password.”

4. UX / UI

At the beginning of the project, we provided our client with web and mobile layouts of the platform. Due to the evolution of the initial idea, we had to tailor the designs to meet all requirements and make sure that the platform is user-friendly from every angle. We tried to deliver the highest quality possible, so the project required a lot of research in the meantime.

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Patryk, UX Designer

“The most interesting as well as the hardest task in this project was to connect various functionalities on the project page. The CreateCoin has been divided into four main sections with the possibility to hide specific modules, which is important from the user point of view. As a result of making this happen, each user is able to view content worthy their note. The useful and intuitive platform on both web and mobile devices is an effect of detailed research and mapping out the layout”

5. QA

During the development process, our QA specialist had quite a hard nut to crack! Testing the first version of the platform was not only based on creating different accounts, adding ideas and giving feedback through different application modules. The most important case was to make sure that all rewards are being distributed in a proper and secure way as well as there is no possibility to easily add spam, invaluable content. A lot of test scenarios have been reviewed before the CreateCoin’s launch.

6. TECHNOLOGIES & INTEGRATIONS

FINAL PRODUCT

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RESULTS

CreateCoin is available now for first users that would like to be rewarded for their ideas and shared feedback. It’s an open platform for everyone that wants to be involved in the innovative projects’ development. It’s a Reddit meets Kickstarter.​

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Crowdcreate has been recognized as one of the best companies in prestigious blockchain rankings in USA, UAE & India. They are blockchain technology experts, participating in numerous international conferences. Publications and articles about them also appear in many well-known magazines (e.g. Forbes).

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Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda - Head of Sales

Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda

Head of Sales

HomeAhead
Marketplace

Free, online network with your favorite properties

WEB APP

ABOUT PROJECT

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HomeAhead is a free, online network of homeowners, home buyers, and real estate professionals who want earlier and more information about homes and buyers in the neighborhood. It’s not another social network for sharing dog photos – HomeAhead is for better home buying and home selling transactions.

About company:

HomeAhead focuses on helping brokerages recognize and adopt modern technologies that are agent centric, consumer friendly, and mobile first.

OUR WORK

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Backend

1. PROCESS

“After a year of extensive collaboration I have gained a rare sense of confidence and respect for Railwaymen. Their fundamental dedication to engineering principles is a common thread in all their communication. This professional rigor struct me repeatedly as they reworked our rough ideas into profoundly clear and minimalistic products. You know you have found the right team when months into a massive application you review completed work feeling incredulous at the turnaround. I’m confident that years from now, as the cost savings and other benefits accrue, our appreciation of Railwaymen will continue to grow.”

Matt Jensen,

Frontend Developer

Talking in JSON​

Our Team was responsible for supplying Matt with every data he needs to engineer the best user experience possible. From simple data presentation layers to complex business logic, dialog between Rails API and modern JS libraries always occur in JSON. Whenever our team finished the feature it was delivered through our Continous Integration pipe to Matt in the form of handy swagger docs living on top of staging API server.

2. MARKETPLACE API

API docs done right

Swagger docs library is known as well grounded documentation standard for APIs. From the very beginning it was our go-to solution for getting Matt up to speed with request and response formats.

Karol, Senior RoR Developer​

“Matt was wonderful frontend partner to work with. We worked together for more than a year and thanks to Matt‘s wonderful communication skills never hit a wall with development. Matt was great both at telling us what he needs and suggesting solutions to problems. In order to always be on the same page we set up Continuous Integration process together with ChatOps so our slack bot would notify Matt few seconds after we push new feature to a staging server.”

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Having handy API docs is nice, but nothing can replace a good ol‘ phone call. We used appear.in service to quickly jump on the call and together with Matt talk trough tasks and come up with idea satisfying client requirements. Leaving the meeting with clearly defined solutions speeds up development a lot on both sides.

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Rich search filters

HomeAhead Marketplace API supports nearly 50 kinds of different search criteria to help you find your dream home. We got you covered from a number of bathrooms in the house to its historical price data. When you are finished with tweaking all of the various filters in your search you can save it for later and share with your friends! If your friends like it, they can copy it with one button and tweak their new search to their liking.

Minimalistic, efficient chat rooms

Buying your dream home is one of the most important decisions in your life. No wonder that you‘re drowning in your email inbox with different real estate agents, while each one of them is emailing you about the different property. It‘s pretty hard to keep your inbox clean and organized. That‘s why HomeAhead ships with minimalistic chat rooms which you can use to keep your real estate conversations organized. Have each one of your real estate agents in one place and never bother about flooded email inbox again.

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3. TECHNOLOGIES & INTEGRATIONS

FINAL PRODUCT

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RESULTS

Our dedication and hard work together with Matt‘s professionalism created the perfect product for modern Real Estate market. Whether you would like you to find your dream home or you would like you to sell your current house, HomeAhead will equip you with complete solution ranging from sophisticated search filters to dedicated Real Estate agent.

Testimonial:

“It is a pleasure to work with the Railwaymen team. They did a great job creating our application and offered professionalism, expertise, and great customer service. I am impressed by how well they are able to understand our needs and add additional value to the process. Railwaymen works in truly agile mode, regularly delivering quality code. And communications were excellent throughout the entire project. We are looking forward to our next great collaboration and I would highly recommend Railwaymen to anyone seeking an honest and reliable partner.”

Dave Cunningham,

CEO, HomeAhead/Wishlist

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Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda - Head of Sales

Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda

Head of Sales

MySoberRoommate

mobile app

web app

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web app

web app

ABOUT PROJECT

The only app that lets you search, match and message with sober roommates.

About company:

MySoberRoommate was created to help people. One of the founders is a therapist working in addiction recovery, watched many of his clients grow frustrated trying to find sober roommates. They couldn’t find a roommate matching portal for people committed to living a clean lifestyle that also protected their personal information. That is why MySoberRoommate was born.

OUR WORK

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Frontend

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Backend

UX/UI

QA

iOS App

1. PROCESS

MySoberRoommate is roommate matching app for people who are in addiction recovery or have chosen to live clean for other reasons. It has implemented an advanced search engine allowing to search for a sober roommate using different criteria. The members of the platform are both the people who are looking for a room and who have room to fill. The service gives them a possibility to send messages to each other and add to favorites interesting people. MySoberRoommate is one of a kind service for people committed to living a clean lifestyle that also protected their personal information.

Agata, Project Manager​

“Our cooperation with Client was very smooth. Emily and Jesse, MySoberRoommmate owners, were very engaged in the whole process of app development. They responded to our questions very quickly and provided exhaustive information. They are passionate about what they are doing, well-organized professionals and they knew what they wanted. These made our cooperation a great experience. It was a pleasure to be a part of this enterprise.”

2. WEB APP

WEB APP

We completed Ruby on Rails website that includes searching and messaging functions.

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Searching

There are advanced matching algorithms and quick search feature. You can choose “I need a room” or “I have a room to fill”, share information about yourself. Also, you can choose a state and region in the United States. Moreover there is an opportunity to filter by available features like age, smoker/nonsmoker, also you can add info if you have a pet and how much money you want to spend per month.
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Connecting

You can easily contact with potential likeminded roommates. You can add your contacts to Favorites, so it’s much more easy to connect with them.

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Messages

There is an option to message with potential roommates for as long as you want, as often as you want, for free. You can instantly see photos, read profiles and message with potential roommates who match your selected criteria.

3. MOBILE APP

Tomasz, Senior RoR Developer​

“In addition to the web version, I created the API of the mobile version, which allows users to use MySoberRommate on mobile devices. Collaboration with the iOS team ran smoothly and seamlessly, resulting in a 100% functional application. They provided a consistent source of expertise and guidance to the whole team.”

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We built a complementing iOS app.

3. TECHNOLOGIES & INTEGRATIONS

FINAL PRODUCT

my sober roommate app

RESULTS

Thanks to MySoberRoommate platform people in recovery can more easily connect with sober roommates, and can potentially help save people’s lives. MySoberRommate has been featured in many articles, magazines and blogs associated with health and wellness.

Testimonial:

“Railwaymen far exceeded our expectations, and working with them was a fantastic experience. Not only did they create a website for us that is both aesthetically and functionally impressive, but they were also very patient, responsive, and adaptable. We feel so fortunate to have found such a skilled, knowledgeable team, and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a developer with technical know-how, a keen eye for design, and excellent project management and communication skills.”

Emily Churg,

CFO, MySoberRoommate

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Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda - Head of Sales

Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda

Head of Sales

Remark​

APP ENABLES TO MANAGE

THE VIDEOS

WEB APP

ABOUT PROJECT

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About company:
Remark is an online collaboration tool that enables individuals to play, annotate, review, and approve videos. The main aim of the project is to enable users to exchange information about movies. This is a perfect solution for the film industry, where you can accelerate the production of films from different industries (eg. advertising, documents, interviews, reports, etc.).

OUR WORK

Frontend

Backend

QA

1. PROCESS

The origins of work on this project date back to the early years of RWM. Initially, the project was to serve as a survey aggregator, but in 2013 it was renamed as an application dedicated to video creators. The main idea was to simplify communication between the editor and the client.

The developed editor generates a video file and then shares it with the client, who was able to share his insights on specific timestamps. In addition, it also has the ability to edit specific movie frames to change the composition. Remark was equipped with the option to include voice notes at a selected moment in the edited video.

After a while, Remark became part of a larger platform designed for the video production market. The project was maintained by our team for about 8-9 years.

Tomasz, Senior RoR Developer

“Remark is an application developed by our team for about 6 years. During this period the technological stack changed and evolved into the latest technology, which most of them are: Ruby on Rails, Backbone, CoffeeScript, Sass and Haml. In the application, you can also find a module written in angular. We have put a lot of work into the maintenance of the video player, which is the core functionality. It is dynamically adapted to the source of the video material, while preserving the same UI, so that the user does not feel lost. Streamlining source files from a variety of less common file-sharing services is also a great challenge, as well as a great opportunity to explore such solutions on a large scale.”

2. WEB APP

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WORKING WITH VIDEO CONTENT

Remark is supposed to simplify the exchange of information on specific elements in the film. For example, the editor throws the first version of the movie, the client checks the whole and notes the timeline as a comment. It can be added a standard comment, an audio comment, and even use a tool that will allow drawing on the film’s retained frame. This way it can be better illustrated what changes are expected.
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SYNCHRONIZED MOVIE PLAYBACK

In addition, Remark allows for synchronous playback of movies so that each viewer can accurately see the same at the same time. And keep in touch with other people by adding comments.

INTEGRATIONS

Another remarkable improvement is the ability to upload a video to your preferred distribution channel. The most popular: dropbox, box, sharefile, etc.
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SERVICES POWERED BY REMARK

Remark is also a solution used by Georgetown University for which it has been optimized for functionality and visual. Other services can be easily integrate with Remark by using API, which allows for the quick and effective use of implemented solutions within their own service (e.g StudioNow).


Quite interesting was the implementation of authorization using SLAM technology (The Service Level Agreement Manager (SLAM) is used to establish an agreement between customer and provider about capacity and quality targets. SLAM is using INDIGO IAM for authentication and INDIGO CMDB for configuration and authorization for providers.). As a result, any university user with an internal ID in the facility’s system could easily authorize on our project, where it was used for collaborative course viewing, where students could ask questions through comments.

3. TECHNOLOGIES & INTEGRATIONS

FINAL PRODUCT

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RESULTS

Remark is the only online tool of its kind, which makes it possible to speed up the production of movies. It is an alternative to the current way of working, posting comments for different versions and transferring the whole between the editor and the client. Used by large, well-known global companies, film studios as well as individual users.
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500 STARTUPS & TC

In conclusion, Remark makes it possible to speed up the production of movies. It is an alternative to the current way of working, posting comments for different versions and transferring the whole between the editor and the client. The biggest challenges: real-time synchronization of users while watching and integration with a huge number of sites to host files. Remark was successfully launched at TechCrunch Disrupt and seen on many prestige tech portals, such as TVTechnology, TheNextWeb. Remark raised an undisclosed amount / Seed from 500 Startups and Capital Factory

Testimonial:

“Railwaymen are extremely professional, up-to-date on technology trends, and a true reliable partner that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for development firms. Their project managers speak perfect English and effectively communicate what needs to be developed to their developers who range from enthusiastic young aspiring developers to the experienced mentors that make sure the quality of the work is on par with the best money can buy.”

 

Taylor Hou,

Remark

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Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda - Head of Sales

Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda

Head of Sales

Frindow

Social networking app for people who feel lonely and isolated

WEB APP

ABOUT PROJECT

About company: Frindow is a UK startup social networking platform that is dedicated to alleviating loneliness and isolation by encouraging new friendships based on common interests and circumstances. The goal is all about getting you connected and engaged with new people in the same situation as you.

Check out the Frindow story below:

OUR WORK

Project Management

Frontend

Backend

QA

1. PROCESS

The best way to create a successful application is to meet the users’ needs. Just by observing what people have a problem with or how some processes can be facilitated. That's actually how it was with Frindow. The pain point was an increasing level of loneliness in societies.

Marcus Hamilton, CEO of Frindow

“Many studies have shown that the stressful impact of loneliness affects our mental and physical health.
At least 9 million of us are lonely in the UK. That’s the equivalent of every person living in London or the entire population of Scotland and Wales put together. It’s common, but yet a lot of people are embarrassed about admitting it – until now.”

Marcus Hamilton, CEO of Frindow, found out about this study data and decided to create a social web platform which will be a central hub for all things that can help to make new friends and get connected. Marcus was inspired by his grandmother and how to help people her age break out of isolation and connect with others.

Before contacting a software service provider, he prepared a deep research about development solutions. Clutch - USA based, data driven field guide for B2B with top web and mobile development rankings was his first choice and he found us through our profile. He made a shortlist of potential companies based in Kraków. Then he traveled to Poland and spent a few days visiting each software company and speaking to managers. He wanted to verify how software development companies organize work and check their approach and methodologies. After visiting about 6 companies, he decided to go with us!

Having a technical background and being also product owner, Marcus took care of a clear vision for his web app and a plan that will allow it to achieve its goals that are a reference point for talks about the value of Frindow, so that he and our team know if they are going in the right direction.

What was the reason and the goal?

Bartosz, Project Manager

“Frindow is a really interesting take on social apps. Marcus has a really clear vision for his product. Combining this with in-depth cooperation between him as a product owner and the development team resulted in fast development cycles and end product which brings a lot of value to the users.”

Railwaymen team developed a website for the Frindow social networking platform. Working from scratch and with prearranged designs, we built the platform while fulfilling specification and functionality objectives.

Our development team consisted of 5 people: Project Manager, 2x Ruby on Rails Developers, QA Specialist and Front-end developer. We communicated daily with the client through Slack, Jira, and Zoom and as in the case of each client we had internal meetings - daily stand-ups during the Sprint for tracking the progress.

The Challenges
Probably the most challenging part was the time of releasing the platform - period of outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the world. The COVID-19 forced isolation, prevented relationships and community building. Due to this difficult and exceptional situation, we had to be prepared for rapid changes and add functionality list updates before release (some features had to be blocked during the coronavirus lockdown and some had to be added or extended).

2. WEB APP AND FEATURES DESCRIPTION

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VIDEO CHAT

Video calls are becoming increasingly popular among social media users. Thanks to a live video you can enjoy chatting with your new friends. Using instant messaging tools allow you to contact the people selected by you, and the only requirement is access to the Internet. In this case for a video-chat feature we used WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) which is a technology that enables real-time communication using a web browser.

Jacek, Ruby on Rails Developer

“Working on Frindow app from a documented idea to live application was an interesting and well experienced journey. One of the challenges on the project was the video-Chat feature. It was built using open source WebRTC technology. The hardest part was to communicate with customers Web browsers and establish peer-to-peer connection between them.”

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CHAT

You can use Frindow for yourself, somebody else, or have a joint account for both of you. If you are using the site for somebody else, you’ll be seen as a Proxy User. You can then chat with other Proxy Users or standard users to help get your loved one connected offline or on video chat.

 
 
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PROFILES

It’s super easy to create a profile on Frindow. Users can choose whether she/he would like to have an anonymous profile or not. They can fill in all necessary data like location, nickname and about me section. By adding photos they can create their gallery with favorite ones. Moreover, the user’s profile is always verified. Confirmed users have a badge on their profile so that you can make an informed decision on who to make contact with.
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PROXY USERS - DIFFERENT TYPES OF ACCOUNTS

You can use Frindow for yourself, somebody else, or have a joint account for both of you. If you are using the site for somebody else, you’ll be seen as a Proxy User. You can then chat with other Proxy Users or standard users to help get your loved one connected offline or on video chat.

 
 
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GROUPS

Group mapping for those interested in various types of similar interests, aggregators where they can meet and talk; automatically joining to certain groups, or taking into account the possibilities of a certain group. During COVID-19 there was a special group created for people who feel lonely and isolated because of the coronavirus lockdown. Actively reaching out to other people and asking how they are doing, giving someone support – it improves their mental health. There are several categories of groups dedicated for different types of users’ needs. Check some of examples: Singletons, Mums & Dads, Under 25s, Living Alone, Get Involved, Retired and more. So as you can see each user can find a place for themselves on this social networking platform. Frindow can also provide information about local or national groups or services that may be relevant to you.

Marek, Ruby on Rails Developer

“Creating a Frindow app was an engaging process. There were many complex issues that had to be dealt with. One of them was creating a user mapping functionality that would allow for proper filtration of the groups for individual users based on the data they provided while using the app. Finding and delivering an efficient solution proved to be a bigger problem than expected since there are other functionalities relying on user mapping. The app offers a possibility to create, among others, subgroups, discussion rooms and get-togethers.”

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FORUMS

The discussion forum is used to exchange opinions on various topics. Thanks to groups and forums you can take part in the discussion or just follow the conversation. It is a convenient form of obtaining information, learning the opinions of others, sharing experiences and making contacts.
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GET TOGETHERS

This is a combination of functionalities of an online social networking platform with the offline world. There is a possibility to create a Get Together in or near to your local area.
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NOTIFICATIONS

The notifications are automatically sent messages appearing when a user receives a friend request or a message from another user. They also notify about an invitation to a video chat and may contain internal system information.

Paweł, QA Specialist​

“Working in the Frindow project is very interesting and requires close cooperation with the client, daily decisions and problem-solving activities. Manual tests were mainly used in the project. Tests related to mapping logic (connecting users with appropriate groups) pose the biggest triggering challenge.”

3. TECHNOLOGIES & INTEGRATIONS

FINAL PRODUCT

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RESULTS & FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

It requires constant development in response to user needs. The website has received many positive feedback users and we are still developing and extending features. We are aware that enabling the anticipated and stable development with new functionalities and the development of the platform allow clients to maintain a competitive position in the industry. Currently, Frindow is only available to UK residents. They will be expanding into other countries in the near future.

Testimonial:

Overall, I really liked their management and after viewing their portfolio, they seemed very capable of doing what I wanted. Also, they were very supportive of the project itself, which was important to me. More than just being willing to do it, they understood what I was trying to achieve and were keen on helping me obtain my objectives.

I’m very fortunate to have the partnership that I’ve had with them. Their team appreciates that we’re a startup and privately-funded project. I’ve received tremendous amounts of work compared to the amount of money I’ve given them.

 

Marcus Hamilton,

Founder & CEO, Frindow Ltd.

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Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda - Head of Sales

Joanna Brzezińska-Wajda

Head of Sales

Blinda

Dating app where best friends play a big part in arranging matches

MOBILE APP

ABOUT PROJECT

About the company:


Fourth Street Connections, Inc is the parent company of the dating app Blinda. The company was founded in 2019 in the United States and its owners have had ambitious plans to develop its flagship product since its creation. To this aim, they decided to get involved in the digital world and release a revolutionary dating app that engages not only daters but also their friends.

Blinda’s mission is to redefine blind dating with a unique app. This involves close friends of the dates who make up the matchmaking community. As a result, couples are matched based on mutual referrals and areas of interest. No more failed dates resulting from a bad match.

OUR WORK

iOS app

Android

Frontend

Backend

QA

UX & UI

PURPOSE OF COOPERATION

Development of a dating app that will stand out from the available tools with its functionalities.

THE CHALLENGE

Creating a dating community that engages not only daters, but also their friends and family. Providing them the right tools to get to know each other and communicate.

1. PROCESS

INITIAL MEETINGS

Railwaymen's work on Blinda began in early 2020 when we were approached by Steven Irvin with an idea for his app. After our client ended their relationship with another development company, he hired us to handle the work. All activities were preceded by a series of meetings and discussions, during which we discussed the mock-ups, specifications, and determined the full scope of the project.

COMMUNICATION & WORKFLOW

Together with the client we developed an effective communication system. We communicated regularly with each other, reporting on the progress at various stages of work on the application. There were 7 people involved in the project. Among them were a Project Manager, an UX/UI Designer, 2 Front-End Mobile Engineers, 2 Back-End Engineers and a QA Engineer.

Bartosz, Project Manager​

Blind’a was a really interesting project. Even though dating apps might seem like an area where most concepts have been already explored, Steven was able to come up with a novel concept for connecting people. This resulted in a challenging task for a team – which in the end we were able to overcome and release the app.

2. THE FEATURES

blinda profile templates

PROFILE TEMPLATES

One of the most important features is the option to create profiles. Every Blinda (dater) has the possibility to complete own profile with the most important information based on available templates or by creating it from scratch. Also, people in the role of Seekers (matchmakers) can create profiles of their Blindas. The final verdict on the appearance of profiles rests with the Blindas, who decide whether the created profiles are accepted by their friends.

Michał, Senior React Developer​

“As a React Developer, I had an opportunity to work with a very complex project from the mobile perspective where we had to correctly segment Blind’a profile and Seeker and allow users to maneuver between them with ease. The whole app is able to change its life cycle depending on the one switch which was a real challenge. As a developer, I had an occasion to show and develop my architecture design and programming skills.”

blinda admin panel

ADMIN PANEL

The Admin Panel allows each user to manage their profile individually. This is the place where both Blindas and Seekers can edit their descriptions, invite friends, and view suggested matches. That feature also allows you to report any anomalies encountered during your adventure with the app.

Piotr, Senior Ruby on Rails Developer

“Blinda is a very interesting project which takes a different approach than other dating apps. As privacy of the data is very important here, it was a challenge to set up connections between Blindas and Seekers with correct visibility and access to specific accounts.”

CHAT

Another feature is a chat where seekers contact each other and gather more information about Blindas. This feature allows users to get to know each other better and match potential dates. Moreover, besides text messages it is also possible to send photos. The communicator helps to get to know daters better from the perspective of their friends and to determine if a possible meeting of theirs has potential.

Piotr, Senior Ruby on Rails Developer

“During the development of this project we had to deal with a very complex account creation process, and handle multiple initial states and transition paths. At first, it seemed very overwhelming, but with good teamwork , brainstorming and continuous improvement we made it bulletproof.”

filtering feature

FILTERING

The application has a filtering option. Users can search for profiles based on distance from home, gender, and age. This is a very useful tool that allows selection of daters according to criteria set by Blinda.

3. TECHNOLOGIES & INTEGRATIONS

4. UX / UI

The client came to us with the main concept and ready graphic files. Our task was to make corrections taking into account minor changes. The size and color of particular fonts were improved, in order to obtain better contrast. These actions made the text in the application more readable from the user’s perspective. We have also adjusted the design for smaller devices to make using Blinda more comfortable regardless of the used equipment. We modified the main view to make it easier to use. The project was subjected to unmoderated usability testing. These were intended to show small changes in the UI to be made.

5. QA

Working on QA for Blinda was a challenge of sorts. Due to the number of features available, this application can be considered complex. Blinda is also an application where each user has two perspectives. He can be both Seeker and Blinda, which increases the user’s field of decision making. Quality Assurance activities included checking all the paths available to the user and making sure they were working correctly. One of the challenges we faced was working with Twillo and testing the application with real phone numbers.

Maciej, QA Engineer

“Testing was hard in some parts, but also interesting because of the multitude of paths and settings possibilities inside the application. As I joined the project during the course, I had some questions, but good communication dispelled any doubts. An interesting element was testing on two systems simultaneously, from two mobile devices – it was possible to observe the responsiveness of the servers and the application itself in real time.”

FINAL PRODUCT

blinda final application

RESULTS & FURTHER DEVELOPMENT

The result of our work is the development of a unique dating app available for iOS and Android operating systems. At the moment, Blinda is only available to users located in San Francisco. However, according to founder Steven Irvin, this is just the beginning of the app’s wider expansion. Like Steven, we believe in the potential of this project and keep our fingers crossed for its success.

Testimonial:

Within five months of collaboration, Railwaymen successfully released Android and iOS versions on time. The team concisely communicated all milestones, changes, and expectations. Above all, they perfectly managed a complex project, strategically performed tasks, and delivered accordingly.

 

Steven Irvin,

CEO, Blinda

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