Wave Interviews – Android Developer, Javier Rebollo

As users become more demanding, it’s a real challenge to be a an Android Developer. Look at how our the developer at Wave, Javier Rebollo, sorts out the new reality in building apps.  Get to know all his tricks and secrets at this interview and get inspired by a well job  done that has taken Wave to the next level. 

1.- Why do you love Wave?

I think it’s a very interesting project and we have seen a great evolution. If before people were reluctant to share their location and were afraid of it, now they feel it as a necessity and they understand how powerful and useful it really is.

Some time ago, when I was meeting my family or friends I was asking them about their location, now that they use Wave, all these questions are over. I share my location with them and there are no more questions that can distract me, for example when I am driving. That’s amazing.

2.- How do you keep yourself organized with all the new projects coming in?

One of the best things about Wave is its startup soul and hopefully that will never change. This soul means that we have a way of working in which it is very simple to communicate and organize things with the team.

This is very complicated in companies with excessive bureaucracy where processes become slow and awkward. We don´t work like that here and that is the best point of the company.

3.- Do you feel identified with any proverb, movie character or particular habit?

Well, there’s a sentence by John D. Rockefeller that says: “Do not be afraid to leave something good to go for the big thing”. This is something that is linked to my personality, as I do not like to accommodate.

I believe that I can always improve in all aspects of my life and avoid getting stuck. I firmly think that this is the very essence of the human being.

4.- You have worked in the sports and travel industry before joining Wave, why did you choose to start in the lifestyle and location area?

I actually do not choose companies for the sector they belong to, but because of the technological challenge they face. When I started working at Wave, I had to deal with several challenges that are now solved. One of the best and more motivating realities in this company is that there are always new challenges to conquer.

5.- What stage of the development process, from the draft of a project to the execution do you enjoy the most?

The parts that I like the most are the beginning and the end. The beginning because it is when we see how the product is being developed little by little, and the final stage, because it is when we see that everything is finished and we have that satisfaction of a job well done.

At the same time, we know we would have done the development a bit different if we would do it again. That’s amazing. We start applying our new knowledge and when we finish, we have learned so much that, when we look back, we know that now we would do it better.

6.- What innovation in tech most inspires you for your work?

I’m inspired by the Internet Of Things. Some people see it as a bad thing, and they fear of having devices connected all the time, but really if you know how to take advantage of it, it’s great.

All the information you need is at your fingertips to make better decisions and, if done correctly, the information that arrives to you is the only one that you need at every moment … that’s great.

7.- Do you think that users of apps are becoming more demanding? If so, how does your team continue to offer a level of excellence?

Yes, I firmly believe it. We are always trying to reduce all possible errors to the minimum and to correct the ones that we have. We also bet on the best and most modern technologies to always offer users the latest, so they can enjoy all the new advantages before anyone else.

8.- What would you like to achieve in your team with Wave within the next 2 years?

I would like to make us a reference in geolocation. Just like when people thought of Messenger and now think of WhatsApp. I want that when people think about location, they think of Wave.

It does not matter how much time passes by, we will continue being their ‘Messenger’ and they will never forget us because we will have marked a before and after in the location’s world. That is what I hope to achieve.

Eurovision 2018: what you need to know and how to organize your trip

Eurovision 2018 is just around the corner and this year the 43 participants from Europe and two special guests from Australia and Israel will compete showing their best talent in the wonderful Lisbon. Discover how to buy tickets for Eurovision, what the Portuguese capital will offer to the tourists and how to fully enjoy the trip to this iconic festival with our travel guide of Eurovision 2018.

To facilitate your trip with friends to Eurovision download Wave Application, a free app that helps you stay connected with your friends in the crowd. With Wave you can share your live location with your friends for a few minutes or throughout the festival, set an edible meeting point in your favorite place and chat. In addition, you can see how to get to the meeting point or to your friends and how long it takes you to arrive there.

Wave is the best tool to meet your friends and to ensure that you live to the fullest your experience in Eurovision. It is available for iOS and Android.


What does this television contest have to drive crazy Europe and part of the world? Let’s see briefly what the origins were like.

It was the middle of the 50s and the European Economic Community, predecessor of the European Union, was growing and so it was the feeling to cooperate with neighbour countries. It was a perfect time to organize an international music contest, and to test for the first time how to broadcast live television for a massive audience.

The beginnings were exciting, renowned singers from each country as well as new talents competed with their European colleagues for fame, surrounded by pyrotechnics, dancers and props never seen before.

For political reasons only Western and non-communist countries participated in the beginning of the show. However, over the years the number of participants have grown up to 43 countries.


A few days before the final there are two semi-finals in which each participant country sends a singer or a duet to compete with others, except Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the host country, that send their singers directly to the final. In the final 26 participants perform a live show and the winner is chosen by a combination of votes from the audience and the impartial jury.

The winner is then announced and rewarded with a crystal microphone and with a promise of success in his or her artistic career. In general, his or her country is the host country for the event the following year.


This explanation brings us to this year’s event, which will take place in May in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, and in which thousands of attendees will enjoy what has become one of the most iconic concerts in the world. The musical talent is surrounded by a show that involves pyrotechnics, dancers and political claims.

The event is also known for showing tolerance and diversity among singers of different races or sexual orientations.

To fully enjoy the show, it is convenient to drop by the host city the week before to enjoy the tides of people from all countries that are going to support their countries, as well as the concerts and events that are organized throughout the city.


Buying tickets for the venue is a difficult task, especially attending  the final. The first round of tickets are sold and in the upcoming months the organization will sell the rest of them. Do not miss the last minute information as well as the latest news, participants and events by downloading the free Eurovision app, available for free for iOS and Android.


The neuralgic areas to go to will be divided between the MEO Arena and Eurovision Village, that will be placed in Praça do Comércio. The opening  will take place on the 6th of May in the Arena, the first and the second semi final on the 8th and 10th of May respectively, and the final on the 12th of May. In Praça do Comércio there will be events over the week and big screens to view the show on live.

You can check all the information on the official page of Eurovision.


In addition to the concerts, tourists have the privilege of enjoying Lisbon, a picturesque city at the gates of the Atlantic Ocean that stands out for its beauty and its delicious food.

We strongly recommend visiting during the day the neighborhood of Alfama, the historical center of lisbon, characterized by their narrow white streets and their slopes in which to find views of the sea. Once up, you can visit the São Jorge Castle and go at night to the upper district, Bairro Alto, the most lively place to party and to drink in the capital.

If the weather is nice tourists can swim on the beach  of or take the bus to the coastal town of Cascais.

There is nothing better to enjoy Eurovision than to explore the city to the fullest and get the know the people. We propose you a different plan for each taste in this post, whether you are looking for gastronomy, party, culture or nature.

Now you are all set to enjoy Eurovision in Lisbon. Drop us a line with your travel itinerary!



Christmas app

Wave reúne a tu familia por Navidad

La Navidad está a la vuelta de la esquina y solo quedan unos días para cumplir con todos los compromisos sociales propios de la época: cenas de empresa, comidas de Navidad con distintos grupos de amigos, noches de copas, visitas a la familia y por supuesto, búsqueda de los últimos regalos.

En este escenario encontrarse con amigos o familiares entre la multitud es difícil, por ello la geolocalización en tiempo real de Wave es una solución para facilitar las quedadas. Con Wave dos personas o un grupo comparten su ubicación en tiempo real en un mapa privado, ven por dónde llegan, fijan un punto de encuentro y chatean. Está disponible gratis para iOS y Android.

¿Cómo funciona? Wave utiliza las notificaciones para enviar permisos que todos los miembros deben aceptar antes de compartir la ubicación. Una vez aceptada se despliega un mapa ubicando a todos los contactos deseados durante un tiempo limitado, en el que van viendo por dónde van caminando o conduciendo, tal y como hacen en la vida real.

“Wave es la forma más sencilla de encontrarse entre la multitud, permitiendo que dos o más personas compartan su ubicación en tiempo real en un mapa privado. Cada sesión tiene una duración limitada, desde 15 minutos hasta 8 horas. La precisión de Wave hace posible encontrarse con claridad incluso en las plazas más concurridas”, afirma su co-fundador y CEO, Manuel De la Esperanza.

Wave es una herramienta de geolocalización que incluye un chat y es una forma completa de organizar las quedadas. Para abrir un mapa se puede seleccionar un contacto o abrir un grupo con varios, elegir durante cuánto tiempo se quiere compartir la ubicación y enviar la petición. Cuando la acepten se abrirá una sesión ubicando a los usuarios en la que se puede fijar un punto de encuentro y chatear.

Los mapas de grupo son muy populares, ya que es más interesante y divertido tener una idea de dónde están los demás, ver quién llega tarde, quién ya está en el restaurante o de por dónde van y hace que la experiencia sea más interactiva”, afirma De la Esperanza.

Más seguridad en carretera

Navigation gps, drive app, safe drive

Viajar en carretera de forma segura mientras los demás saben a qué horas llegas es ya una realidad. Wave permite que tu familia vea tu ruta en tiempo real en el smartphone.  En estas fechas se esperan más de 16 millones de desplazamientos, según datos de la DGT de las pasadas navidades.

Los viajes en carretera son otro de los casos de uso más frecuentes de Wave, en los que los grupos sirven para avisar a la familia de un retraso, de un atasco o simplemente de cuándo van a llegar al hogar familiar sin tener que coger el smartphone mientras conducen. Esta situación fue, precisamente el germen de la creación de Wave.

Cómo empezó todo

“Creamos Wave a partir de una situación en la que esperábamos a un colega de trabajo para una reunión y como estaba conduciendo en la moto no sabíamos cuánto iba a tardar ni si estaba bien. Fue un momento muy frustrante en el que entendimos que no existía una solución sencilla, privada y precisa para quedar con amigos, compañeros o familiares y decidimos crear Wave”, afirma De La Esperanza.)

En tan solo dos años, esta startup española ha conquistado a más de 11 millones de usuarios y tiene tráfico diario en más de 190 países. La aplicación se ha usado en aeropuertos, festivales, estaciones de esquí, viajes por todo el mundo y sobre todo en el día a día de miles de personas.

Su crecimiento espectacular en el mundo de las aplicaciones viene por su tecnología nativa en tiempo real, la precisión de sus mapas y su diseño moderno e intuitivo, compuesto por el director creativo de Pinterest.

Wave Application publicó su primera versión de iOS y Android en 2015 siendo pionera en el ámbito de la geolocalización en tiempo real y privada. Desde entonces, ha facilitado el encuentro entre millones de personas por todo el mundo. La empresa ha conseguido 4 rondas de financiación y aumentar su plantilla año tras año hasta contar con 30 trabajadores. Tiene su sede en Madrid, España.

La geolocalización se ha convertido en una tendencia y aunque parezca una actitud futurista, lo cierto es que ya la usamos constantemente sin darnos cuenta para buscar un restaurante, un alojamiento o atracción turística y en este caso, también para encontrarnos con los nuestros.

Wave ha facilitado millones de encuentros. Todo esto ha sido gracias a ti y a tus comentarios en los que nos has guiado hacia el camino del éxito. Muchas gracias. ¡Te deseamos una muy feliz Navidad!