what’s next?

When I last posted, I was fresh out of MakerSquare. As in a few days out. I felt, for lack of a better word, hungover. It took until a few days ago for me to start feeling human again.

All that happened to change things was that I got sick. And really, I don’t think I even got “sick” in the proper sense, but rather my body finally figured out that I could take a rest and then that was all I did for two days.

After that, I was ready to start coding again. The weekend of graduation, I found my inspiration: a girl at a live show who didn’t have a smart phone or an internet connection at home. She was talking about how nobody remembers to call or text when there’s a show anymore, because everyone just uses Facebook to keep up with that stuff, and she misses out on a lot of cool shows that way. Believe it or not, right here in our little “music and technology hub” of Austin, there are a lot of people like her. Furthermore, I’ve encountered a fair number of people (punk rockers and techies in particular… go figure) who just don’t want to log in to Facebook unless they have to.

That’s how the idea for ATX punx was born. The MVP I’ve got planned for bands is to sign up and share the link to their Facebook, and for fans to sign up with their phone number, “follow” a few bands, and get SMS alerts when those bands have a show that night. I’ve got my work cut out for me here; Facebook Graph doesn’t support searching for events just yet. The good news is that one of my besties from MakerSquare is Bonnie. Bonnie, aside from being brilliant in general, is already a regex guru, and has agreed to help me with the scraper/s I’ll need to use to get around that pesky failing of FB Graph.

Of course, this project will be open source, which means that once I’m “done” building it, people will be able to get the source and use it for whatever music scene in whatever city they want.

In other news (because I know you #mks3 kids and future MakerSquare hopefuls are wondering), yes, there have been some meetings and a couple of job interviews for me in the last two weeks. I’m not even going to say more because I don’t want to jinx it, but I feel really good about my prospects.

While I’m talking about jobs, I want to shout out my pal Jesse, the first of my #mks2 homies to officially start a new career. He started at what.it.is this week, and I’m incredibly excited for him. If any one of us deserved the distinction of being first hired more than the rest of us, it’s Jesse.