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Where’s the party at? That’s the question Vamos is trying to answer with an iOS app that aggregates and overlays Facebook event data on a map, for real-time and hyperlocal discovery

Vamos

When you’re out and about in a city you don’t know, it can be a pain to find something to do, particularly good nightlife. Guidebooks tell you where the cool places are, but not their line-up that night, while ‘what’s on’ guides don’t help much when you’re not sure what’s where.

This is the problem that Vamos, an event discovery app that launches today, is trying to solve. Right now it’s only available through iTunes, although an Android version is apparently on the horizon too.

Of course, other apps are also trying to update the listings business. TimeRazor takes a curated approach, and Time To Enjoy blends local discovery with ‘to-do list’ functionality.

But the smart thing with Vamos is that it’s not a straight listings service – instead, it aggregates public Facebook events that you, your friends and other Vamos users have been invited to, and overlays them on a map.

On top of this social graph action, the app also pulls in Instagram photos that are being uploaded at the location of nearby events, so you can see if the party has really started. It also synchronises its own RSVP system with that of Facebook.

“Facebook is helping us to work on day one, but we’re also working on integration with Eventbrite,” co-founder Luis-Daniel Alegria told me. “We’re not competing with Facebook events – we work in symbiosis with Facebook and other event platforms out there.”

Right now Vamos eschews the category-centric presentation of traditional listings, instead opting to let users filter events by time, friends, location and event type if they want. I actually quite like this, as it encourages serendipity and avoids the problem of mis-categorization, but they’ll probably have to become more category-driven as the events becomes too numerous to handle in one morass.

The company is, so far, a bootstrapped affair. So how’s it going to make money?

“We have thought about a couple of ideas,” Alegria said. “Venues that want to attract more people will be able to know who has their app open. They know which target audience they want to reach, so they’ll be able to do a promoted or featured event – we we’ll only introduce that once we have a good userbase, though.”

  1. David Prentell Thursday, August 16, 2012

    Hello,
    I’m David (one of the co-founders), just shoot me a note at david@getvamos.com if you’d like to come with any feature wishes or tell us what you think about the app.

    Cheers and have a great evening,
    /David

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  2. Victoria Clark Thursday, August 16, 2012

    Good luck David! Vamos sounds very cool and I’m looking forward to giving it a spin.

    I’m one of the co-founders of timeRAZOR and wanted to clarify on the article, in addition to curating events, we also pull in events from the largest (and some of the smallest) all across the US, in addition to Facebook.

    Good luck David and team Vamos! It’s a fun space to be in.

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    1. David Prentell Friday, August 17, 2012

      Hello Victoria,

      Indeed it is! It’s great to see that there are other people out there trying to invent the future of hyper local event discovery. Would love to check your app out, are you launching in Europe anytime soon?

      Good luck and tell the team we said hi! :-)

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