So after 12 hours of prototype and a week of tuning for production I was just about ready to launch RooRunner the task site at Bonnaroo.
Again, RooRunner is a task based system that allows people to post task they want done in exchange for a reward. Question is was it ahead of its time, was the market ready or was it too late? The three questions would be answered by RooRunner users at Bonnaroo! BUT before then we had to first get ready then make it to the camp site!
The day before Bonnaroo.
Travis calls and tells the other Hackeroo champs and I to meet with him at Aloompa where we will be going over the plans for Bonnaroo. We meet go over plans and then he tells us we must go over to OMG (Old Made Good) Clothing store.
The mission there was to take everyday average programmers (myself excluded) and turn them into the coolest people at Bonnaroo. Hacking in style in the middle of the crowd looking good. I think that was a great idea and OMG had us off on a good start.
Check out my before and after pictures.
Thinking I looked a fool, I was educated on the Bonnaroo vibe as being nonchalant; dont care; lets just have a good time; we do what we feel how ever we feel. With that being said my mind set was right and my looks was on point.
If you never been to OMG I would advise you to check it out. From the classic goods to the fully yellow gilter floors the experience at the store was definetly one to remember.
Waking up late from a RooRunner programming session I had 20 mins to make it to the RV where I didnt make it on time and was called out by Hart Fortenbery of Deep South Paranormal. The best way for me to describe Hart is New Orleans Southern Crazy Wise Guy with a twist of Free Spirit/Hippie, highly comical and roll like a rock star mentality. Basically funny, crazy, wise and wild. If you never seen the show and want to know how Hart is I would advise you to check out this video first watch?v=f46PnNlwWMo.
Hart also has great music skills and maybe performing at Bonnaroo next year which Im looking forward to.
Later on that night Travis introduced us to the King of Crawfish in New Orleans. I never had Crawfish. Didnt even know how to eat them so Travis gave us the crash course which I then ended up spreading and teaching a new friend by the name of Joe.
The Crawfish was amazing. When ever I go to New Orleans I will definitely be visiting the King. The Spices, Cooked Oranges Potatoes and flavor is definitely missed. I’m still pissed I couldnt make it to the second all you can eat crawfish feast.
Beginning of Testing Day!
So after getting settled into the camp grounds, RV and evinornment we followed the schedule of programming from 9 am – 4 pm. a little struggle with so much to do throughout the day and evening, however we got it done!
Putting on our GQ looks from OMG we turned heads while programming with the MacBooks in the Guest Area. Maybe way too many heads because my iphone 5 cord ended up missing after using the restroom lol. No worries, where there is a will there is a way!
Meeting some cool people in the adult swim area they used RooRunner and told me what they thought of it. Noticing flaws and an inconsistent communication problem I decided to include text and email as the form of communcation whenever a user replied using the system.
Basically when someone replied using RooRunner the message would immediately go out to both text and email to make sure the receiving user received the message.
They also mentioned the a trust system to determine if the person would follow through with the task. That was already built in so they confirmed the need for that.
Randomly I met up with Joe again in the Vip Radio area. Totally unpredictable. I explained to him what I was doing and asked him to use the system.
He used it to get a bottle water. Success!!!
I noticed the conversion between phone and computer was off. Meaning the Joe wanted to use both phone and computer to fully use the system. Phone to receive and read the message and computer to view the details and status of the task.
To my conclusion a mobile app would be more useful and reliable to use. However this could not be put on the market in the time frame needed. Mark it and move on!
Sadly Sunday was Bonnaroo’s final day. So many performances, so many test to do, so little time.
We had many people use RooRunner however the communication was totally off. Inconsistent wifi and phone service really set us back this time! Text messages were received an hour, or days late. In this case email was the best option an a message system would be built inside of the system where users could see the message using phone, email and RooRunner site. With the option to turn on and off all.
Also a tester used the system however the RooRunner was unavialable with that being said I am building in a check-in system for RooRunners and Posters to use to see how many Runners are in the area and how many are avialable!
Overall besides the phone and wifi issues my experience was great!
BONNAROO YOU GAINED A FAN AND I LOOK FORWARD TO ROCK STAR STATUS NEXT TIME SO GET AN RV READY FOR THE HACKERS!!!!
I will be continuing to build out RooRunner in hopes I can get transportation and passes to festivals lol.
I believe Travis Vaughn D. Taylor and I created a great marketing strategy.
Vaughn is great at UI & UX – seriously he took RooRunner and made the site look awesome and also added the Kangaroo.
Travis came up with a marketing scheme behind RooRunner with a Kangaroo doing task for people as well as the official RooRunners in the beginning. Im thinking both male and female Kangaroos would be great especially for spreading info in the beginning. Its so random!
Looking forward to more festivals and Bonnaroo next year!
Andre D. Woodley Jr.