What's the big idea?
Chalq is a chat app that provides a better platform for local and community engagement. It’s simple to use and always shows the hottest topics/trends in your area.
The app finds your location and shows you messages within a specified distance radius. Anytime you add a hashtag in a message, it adds it into the hashtag list. Most used hashtags trend towards the front of the list to always show the hottest topics. Swipe through the hashtag list to filter for messages using that topic. Chalq is about being in the moment, messages are wiped away from the feed 24hrs after posting.
Describe the nearest player in your field.
Twitter, other social media, other chat apps. No local chat app/message board has become a major player yet.
How are you different from that player?
Twitter and other social media is more for a global audience, trends, and topics. Chalq’s goal is to be the go to for local. The unique concept behind Chalq and the user experience/design will set it apart from other competitors.
How does this idea scale into a big business?
When people find the product easy to use and useful, then it will grow. Once the app has scaled a bit, there are a few revenue models that could be introduced. An example would be featured local trends.
Why are you the one to run with this idea?
I love helping out local communities and improving engagement. I’m a designer and I work on and with apps everyday. Mobile applications are my passion.
What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?
$5000 will go towards developing and launching the app. You can click/tap through the current screenshot prototype here > http://marvl.in/1j6ai9