As we mentioned in a previous post, the Forró Dublin crew are moving onto a new challenge, and I am delighted to announce it here.
In the first and second editions of the Forró Dublin Festival we asked local forrozeiros to give up space in their homes for guests from other parts of Europe, and many of them kindly did that.
As some of us were CouchSurfers in a previous life, it came natural to us to host people, on couches or spare beds, and it is a great way for forrozeiros from around Europe to get to know each other more closely.
From that sprang an idea… What if we could create a system to facilitate other festival organisers to do the same, to encourage forrozeiros to travel more, to reduce the cost of accommodation, and to make it a bit more viable to run festivals and gatherings.
So we contacted a number of festival organisers around Europe and asked for feedback. Initially we had the idea of a basic web form that would take enquiries from prospective hosts and guests and be re-directed to hosts via coordinators. This turned out to be too much responsibility on the festival organisers or coordinators, who already make a huge contribution to forró. Some of the people we had contacted had recommended we build a full Airbnb/CouchSurfing style solution, and at the time this was way too large a project to take on.
But the seed of an idea had been planted, and it slowly germinated in our minds.
Over the next 6 months the project was put on the backburner while we focused on others, including the Forró Dublin Festival. And due to some fortuitous circumstances, over the recent Christmas period we had the opportunity to pick the project up again and extend it in some very interesting ways.
Think of this project now as a cross between Airbnb, CouchSurfing and Meetup.com, where you can host or stay with people who share your interests in other cities. People will be able to search for forró events or hosts, see friends-in-common and recommend each other as guests/hosts.
We’ve renamed the website TuVens.com and were joined by 3 friends, two of whom are forrozeiros, and another is a developer in Brazil. There are now 5 of us behind the project, including 2 developers, a designer, community manager and project manager, and we are lucky to have the support of a small number of volunteers interested in contributing. We are expanding and looking for more developers & designers too, so if you know of any please give them our contact details.
We are planning to launch our private beta (test website) in March, and are looking for between 10 and 50 forrozeiros who would be interested in testing and providing feedback on usability and new features.
If you or friends of yours would like to be part of this exciting project, please contact us through the website: forrobnb.com