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Android developer interview

Wave interviews – Android Developer, Francisco Moya

He learned about the Android universe by building its own apps to solve his daily problems and now he is a total expert coding for Google Play. Take a look at the Android Developer interview we have made for Francisco, our very talented developer, in which he explains us how he made a way of living out of his passion for the technology.

1.- Why do you love Wave?

I love Wave because of two principal aspects. The first one is that it lets you keep connected with someone that you really want in real time in a private way. On the other hand, I highlight that Wave is so easy to use that anyone can use it. For example, I often use Wave with my wife when I travel and with my friends when we meet on the weekends.

2.- How did you get into mobile development?

When I was in my first year of university I have been attracted to the idea of creating apps that I could use with my smartphone and share them with my family and friends. I started researching information about mobile development, reading books, doing courses and publishing my first apps. Now I am very happy because Wave has given me the possibility of creating apps for millions of users.

3.- Why did you choose Android?

There were two main reasons, the first one is that when I started on mobile development I did not have a strong knowledge about programming and Java (Android development language at that moment). But this was much simpler than Objective-C (iOS development language at that moment).

On the other hand, iOS development requires to use a Apple device and in that moment I did not own one. Nowadays I develop for iOS too in my free time.

4.- What does interests you most in the process of tech development in Wave?

For me, the most interesting part is the final union of all tech processes in Wave. I.e. all engineers need to make different parts in each area and finally we join all the parts to make the product works. That moment is very interesting and special because it makes you feel good seeing that all works as expected.

In addition, there are very interesting situations in which we have to investigate a new area to find out new solutions to daily problems.

5.- You joined Wave on its earliest stage, how do things have evolved in your field?

It has been an amazing evolution for me and for Wave. When I joined Wave, I was alone on the Android team so I had to refactor all the project and search solutions to existing problems.

Since then, our team has grown a lot and we have been adapting to all new versions of Android. In this way, we have used several architectures, different paradigms, a lot of new libraries and we have learn.

6.- What future tech development most excites you?

I think that Artificial Intelligence in mobile development is one the most attractive features nowadays. New smartphones are more powerful than ever and they will let us apply different algorithms to improve the user experience.

In addition to Artificial Intelligence, in my opinion, blockchain will change a lot of the current technology processes in the following years.

7.- How do you keep yourself fresh? What does inspire you?

I feel very satisfied creating products for millions of users and it makes me happy that they really help them in their daily life. In this huge objective I need to continue learning everyday. Tech is a crazy sector, you have to keep yourself fresh continuously. To do that, in my free time I usually take courses, read books, research papers, listen to podcasts and attend to congresses. 

8.- What developments introduced at the latest Google I/O will impact in your work at Wave?

Google showed to the world the power of Artificial Intelligence in the last Google I/O, you only need to see Google Duplex, something incredible for this 2018. The possibility to apply Artificial Intelligence algorithms in mobile development is a great opportunity to improve the user experience and it will let us take Wave to the highest level.

9.- How do you see Wave in the next 5 years?

It is a very difficult question because technology changes every day. However, I think that Wave will be the location tech reference in 5 years because we are continuously learning. We keep on researching location techniques, improving the user experience and trying out new ways to improve Wave.

With the expansion of the Galileo satellite in the next few years and the appearance of the new GPS chips, the location will be more important if possible so we will be there working hard in that line.

Want to know more about Wave? Read our interviews to other members of the team!

Best music festivals in 2018

Best music festivals of the world for all tastes

One of the things that we like the most of our free time are music festivals, where we can go crazy with our favorite bands for a few days. It does not matter if we are 20 or 30 years old, festivals are enjoyed at all ages! If you are undecided with so many options, we bring you some of the best music festivals in the world in 2018. They happen in each continent to encourage you to live an inspiring experience.

In music festivals we can meet with friends from childhood, we try new food and we see bands that we ignore. We also have some drawbacks, such as finding our small group of friends in the crowd. Don´t miss a single song looking for your friends and use Wave, a free app in which you can share your location with your friends on a shared, private map.

On Wave you can see in real time where you are, set a meeting point, navigate there, chat and share images or audios. Everything you need in one app, private of course. Now that you are ready to go, take a look at the best music festivals in the world.

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN EUROPE

Barcelona has once again proclaimed itself as the capital of electronic music in Europe with an impressive line up in its Primavera Sound. In this edition of 2018 we’ll see Björk, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The National, Arctic Monkeys and Migos, among others. Hurry up, there are a few tickets left for the performance on the 30th of May.

One classic. You’ll be tired of hearing it and a little angry if you’re one of the thousands of fans who have not been able to get a ticket. But it deserves to be on the list. Tomorrowland is one of the most iconic music festivals in the world. It is an authentic party that combines almost two weeks of great electronic artists with a magical and carnival atmosphere.

This year’s lineup includes Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Axwell Λ Ingrosso, Alesso and Charlotte de Witte. The dates are 20-22 July 2018 & 27-29. It takes place in Provinciaal Recreatiedomein De Schorre, Boom, Belgium.

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN NORTH AMERICA

A bit of rock and pop puts the summer soundtrack in Randalls Island, New York, with the Governors Ball concert. This music festival gathers both young and thirty-year-olds. Its line up suits all, featuring Post Malone, Slaves, Two Feet, Galantis and Eminem. The dates are 30 May – 3 June.

You may not have heard of this festival yet, but it means 10 days of camping in the forest surrounded by artists from the international scene of various styles, such as R&B, rock and pop. We are talking about the music festival FEQ in Quebeck, Canada, which this year includes on its line up The Weeknd, Lorde or Foo Figthers. The dates are from 5 – 15 July.

 MUSIC FESTIVALS IN SOUTH AMERICA

International and emerging bands of alternative rock, electronica and ppp come together in the Sonar of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It will feature a line up that includes bands like MGMT, Robbie Williams, Lorde and Warpaint. It takes place on 11-12 November.

The most suitable music to move the hips to the rhythm of the purest Latin style is the music festival Do not Let Daddy Know. It takes place in Santiago de Chile, Chile. Its line up includes artists such as Nicky Romero, Blasterjaxx, Vini Vici, Sick Individuals and Sem Vox. Do not miss it and move to the tasty rhythm next June 23.

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN ASIA

The famous Ultra festival of electronic music and EDM arrives in Singapore in its 2018 edition. It counts with international artists such as Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Angello, DJ Snake and new emerging artists. A pyrotechnics party, lights and loud music that you can not miss the next June 15 and 16.

In Japan everything is done in style and proof of this is the Fuji Rock Festival. It brings together more than 200 national artists with impressive figures from the international scene. In this edition we will see artists like Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, and Patti Smith. It will take place in Naeba Ski Resort in July 27-29.

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN AFRICA

North Africa hosts one of the largest festivals in the worl. Its line up is composed by figures from electronica, EDM and dance, as well as pop, rock and R&B, among others. We are talking about the Mawazine festival in Morocco. It takes place in Rabat next to the sea. This year counts with bands like Martin Garrix, Nadia Laaroussi, Jamiroquai or The Chainsmokers. The dates are June 22-30.

One of the most recommended musical events of the year is the Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda. It is a 3-day event that brings together international and local artists of electronics, tropical rhythm and Ugandan culture. It also counts with performances by bands of percussionists, instrumentalists and mixers. In its line up there are artists such as Orchester Les Mangalepa, Sho Madjozi, Stella Chiweshe, Etran de L’Aïr and Juliana Huxtable. It will take place next September 6-9 at Nile Discovery Resort.

MUSIC FESTIVALS IN OCEANIA

Wellington Jazz Festival is one of the best jazz music festivals in the world that live in winter. This year they have invited artists such as the renowned Christian McBride, Robben Ford Workshop or Myele Manzanza. It will take place on June 6-10 in Wellington, New Zealand.

One of the most iconic festivals of the year in Australia is one of the most special you’ll ever experience. It combines a line up with international and local artists of the pop, rock, dance and R&B with comedians, artists and shows. All bring together several culture and art types in the same space. That is the Splendor in the Grass festival, in which this year we will see Kendrick Lamar, Franz Ferdinand, James Bay, Middle Kiss and others. It will take place on July 20-22 in North Byron Parklands, Australia.

Wave Application team Silvia Polo

Wave interviews – UX and web designer, Silvia Polo

Silvia is the most demanding app user in the world, as an expert in UX and as a web designer, she knows what works and what does not and expresses it with the creative experience of a doctor in communication. We interviewed our web designer and UX, Silvia Polo, to discover her tricks and tips at work. Get to know her!

 

1.- What do you love about Wave?

What I like the most about Wave is being able to work on an innovative project that shapes the needs of the market and having the chance to see the company grow little by little, expanding the team and improving the product. 

2.- You joined Wave in its earliest stage, how has your design evolved since then?

I come from an advertising agency. Although I had worked in a digital consultancy, I had not been involved in UX so much until I joined Wave, three years and a half ago. Since then, I have taken care of the design of UX and I have gotten fully into this world, while I have developed myself as a web designer. We all have been working step by step to understand the user and to develop the product in the best way possible.

3.- As a designer you impregnate the look and feel of Wave in all your designs in different formats and styles, so what are your tips to not lose this vision when innovating?

Well, above all, I know well who Wave’s target audience is and what are the design standards that we set ourselves at the beginning. Therefore, I try to maintain them while I set a young tone and I follow the current design trends. Besides, I always take in consideration our branding and make sure that we are not repeating ourselves so we don´t lose the users.

4.- What values of Wave do you use to create designs that connect with your audience?

Wave is an app that helps people to meet so they can be together, that’s why we focus on this concept a lot, and we bring up the concept of closeness, of being together, of going out to do things, to do sports or to enjoy a friendship. We especially try to use a carefree, young voice that can connects with our users.

5.- What trends do you find interesting in the field of lifestyle applications such as Wave?

Well, I see especially important the immediacy and the need to be connected at all times. What surprises me is that knowing this, there are still many apps that are not able to give the necessary tools and features to help users in their day to day. This is something that makes Wave stands out from others.

6.- Which part of the design process do you enjoy the most?

Well, for example, I really like the wireframe part, when step by step I start painting the application from some sketches. It is fascinating to see how something that was a doodling in a notebook ends up being a logical and attractive product. I love trying different styles, always within our guidelines, to see how we can innovate through design.

7.- How do you keep yourself fresh?

This is a profession in which you have to be up-to-date and I mean it literally. Every day new products, applications, websites, videos come out. We are hyperconnected and the startup world is very trendy and moves so fast. I read a lot, I’m into many newspapers and blogs, I follow designers to see what they are doing, I dive into a couple of social networks about creative work, especially to know what is being done to professional level in web design and UX.

I believe that is very important to keep myself informed of what is happening, not only at the UX level, but at everything related to creativity: advertising, art, podcasts, books, series… All of these sources are a great visual library to search for inspiration.

8.- You are a communication doctor and an expert in web and UX design, what inspires you the most to be part of a team like Wave?

My doctoral thesis was about advertising and creativity in social networks at the time that I was working on Wave. I was designing campaigns, so I was able to transfer part of my experience to my studies and enhance my experience.

What also inspires me on Wave is being surrounded by a large team of professionals from whom I can learn about areas that I do not control directly and I can take that knowledge both to work and to my personal life.

9.- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Aww, that is a very difficult question. I see myself working on the most innovative project of geolocation of the moment, I see that Wave will have evolved a lot. Hopefully, I will continue to be part of a team that grows every day and that is focused on goals that matter.

 

Wave interviews – CTO, Pablo Clemente

Our super CTO has sat down with us to tell us his secrets, his tricks at work and what he likes the most about computers. He follows the Japanese proverb that says fall down seven times and get up eight, and explain his best practices in this interview. We introduce you to Pablo Clemente, CTO and partner of Wave Application.

1.- Hi Pablo, tell us a little bit about you! How did you end up leading one of the most inspiring tech companies in Spain?

Hi! I’m a telecommunications engineer from Madrid with three masters degrees. I have always believed that the only way to stay ahead of the curve in this demanding and ever changing technical world is to keep an always learning attitude. I have always loved startups, sometimes people forget that even the largest trees were actually born from seeds, and companies are no different.

Being there to witness and be part of that process is an amazing treat. I have worked for many companies but when I finally met Luis and Manuel and heard their initial idea for Wave, it was clear this was the best possible place to be.

2.- What do you love about Wave?

I have always loved the idea that a smartphone enables us to carry a full fledged computer in our pockets. The potential of this has always been staggering and has opened a new era of innovation that will change and make people’s life easier.

Wave is the culmination of that philosophy, we have created a product that helps people meet each other. In a world where social networks and messaging apps are leading to seeing less people in the real world, it is a joy to finally have a product that encourages you to meet the people you care about. Wave is the anti-social network.

3.- How did you managed to start Wave?

A project like Wave is both the challenge and the opportunity of a lifetime. I always felt all my knowledge, courses and experience were there to led me to Wave. I’ve always been a very curious person and that has enabled me to become a full-stack developer, and then a CTO, so that gave me the upper hand when tackling such an ambitious project, as I could undertake many tasks.

However, Wave at the same time built me. I have learnt and learn so much in the day to day of running it that every day has been a very enriching experience.

4.- How do you manage a team of different profiles?

This is a great question. Many developers are extremely specialized, so it is important to help them understand that Wave is a constant team effort. For instance, there is no point in creating beautiful designs and interfaces if the servers running everything are being oversaturated.

As a CTO I always try to convey a birds eye view of everything to everyone who works in Wave, so that as specialized as they may be, they get the idea of what they are doing and how that fits in all the cogs that make Wave run like clockwork.

5.- How can you actually implement technically your product considering that there are great global differences?

We have always had a laser like focus on creating the best possible location product, one that was the ultimate expression of simplicity, security and effectiveness. We love talking to our users and understanding how they use Wave, what they want to see and how they want it.

Being a worldwide app means that we have huge amounts of information to go through, but it is a very rewarding process when you feel you have nailed what people want.

6.- What is the thing that most inspires you about your team in Wave?

It is the privilege of a lifetime to work with such a talented team as a CTO. They are all amazing professionals and incredible people. It is awe striking to see how everyone seeks perfection at every turn, taking care of Wave as their own personal product, always questioning everything, striving to make something that carries our fingerprints and we can feel immensely proud about.

7.- What are the challenges for the next months / years?

We are in the midst of undergoing a huge revamp of the App. This years have been a huge learning process for us, we have learnt so much about what geolocation is to people, and how we can make meeting easier and do so in such a secure way even the military would not hesitate to use our apps.

However, sometimes it is time to rethink the core experience, using your knowledge to help you reach new heights. We are almost on the verge of releasing a new product that we think will raise the bar of what we expect of a geolocation app.

We are also very focused on a business to business approach, as we are currently working with schools, insurance companies, and deliveries to provide them with the best geolocation technology to empower them to embrace a whole new world of benefits.

8.- Does Wave plan to evolve into a personalized experienced for the users, based on their habits?

Of course, as you mentioned in a question earlier, we are a worldwide app, having to accommodate a diverse spectrum of countries and cultures. Furthermore, when you think of it, every user is different, so why should the app be the same for all? We are working on a way of making sure that Wave is not only a cool app, but it is YOUR cool app.

9.- As Facebook privacy crisis arises, people are more concerned than ever about sharing their data online, so how does Wave manage the privacy of their users?

We believe managing sensitive data is a responsibility, and one that should not be taken lightly. Privacy is at the core of Wave’s mechanical heart. Sharing your location is a daunting proposal and the only way we can expect people to trust us and use our App to do so, is by committing to highest possible standards of protecting that data.

We use SSL, end to end encryption, and a complex variable token mechanism to ensure that only the people you are sharing your location with are able to see it. We will never compromise on security, we owe that to our users for their trust and support.

10.- How do you see the mobile landscape in the near future in terms on location based services?

Right now location based services are booming, from localised tweets and posts, to all types of map interactions. It is clear that user’s demand a leader in geolocation technology that they can trust, and this has led it to become the next big gold rush. Many companies like Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram are gearing towards location sharing.

This is great news for us, since they have validated a model we have been working on since 2014. Now we are stronger and more experienced than ever, and the future looks bright, both for users and for us.

11.- Do you have a sentence that describes yourself?

Yes,  there is a Japenese proverb that says fall down seven times and get up eight. I think  you are constantly failing and you have to do lots of trials and it’s important to make sure that you never stop and you always keep on pursuing your goals

12.- A final thought about building companies & teams?

When building any type of team or company, for me an absolute must is keeping a humble attitude, and letting both the team and the company teach you too. Entrepreneurship is about diving into uncharted waters, and no one can be best at everything.

The amazing thing about a startup is that the more time you put into it, the more it will reward you with experience. Some experiences will help you push forward, others on the other hand will teach where not to go, or what not to do. But every small fragment will define you, make you into a better leader.

Always keep an open mind and remember that building a team and a company is not a one way street, you have to build yourself at the same time working hand in hand with everything and everyone.

Google I/O and how navigation changes the life

Google I/O: How navigation will change your life

Google I/O conference has introduced new projects to be unveiled in the upcoming weeks that will enhance the mobility ecosystem. They change the way we find places, find people and experiences. They vary the way we move around in a more comfortable way. Smart cars, advanced location tools in chaotic cities and friends recommendations are some of the best innovations we have found more interesting to tell you about.

 AUGMENTED REALITY TO NAVIGATE

 

 

 

Surely many of us laugh when we open Google Maps and listen, “turn northwest” without having any clue of where it is. Taking directions to go somewhere is a complicated task to do in some apps. This is not only because of their interface, but because of the mapping system they use. Therefore, there are already several applications that facilitate the indications, such as the recent update of Wave Application that allows navigating to a destiny while we geolocate our family or friends.

However, another way to understand the indications reported at Google I/O is thanks to the augmented reality. That is, the ability of the mobile to interpret through the camera the scenario we have around and superimpose in the screen the directions.

On its proposal launched at the I/O conference, Google has launched an improved augmented reality via Google Lens. It paints arrows and indications about that street. In addition it even has a funny guide to accompany us on our tour.

SHARE PLACES AT GOOGLE I/O

 

One of the funniest stages of organizing a dinner out with friends or family is to find a good place that everyone likes. While we dive in in great directories such as Tripadvisor or Yelp, we still need to comment them with friends and find an agreement.

There are many apps that facilitate the decisions in group via polls, as we have shortlisted in our post about organizing trips and events with friends. Google Maps has recently share its own way at Google I/O allowing friends to share reviews of restaurants on Maps with some friends. They can select and vote for the one that suits them best.

FIND THAT LITTLE RED HOUSE AT GOOGLE I/O

 

Anyone who has traveled to cities that have experienced rapid growth while their economic development has raised, have seen serious problems of linear structure and transport in cities. This affects directly maps and navigation. In Nigeria, as Google has emphasized in its I/O conference. Or even in Panama or in Indonesia, there are large cities that do not have specific street names. Therefore it was impossible to take directions on a map, until now.

Google has presented a new Maps in which they have tried to design the peculiarities of the big cities. It makes it possible to find shops and houses in the chaos of the streets, giving some referential indications. This is a great news for everyone using its API to build an infrastructure for a mapping app. It is time to adapt technology to a less digitized world.

AUTONOMOUS DRIVING

 

 

The war of the driverless cars greats is in full height, and among the companies working on it there is the Google unit Waymo, who has just presented at the Google I/O conference its new technology adapted to autonomous cars. They use a system that detects and avoid pedestrians, animals and obstacles. It also protects the safety of them and the occupants of the vehicle.

Today these technologies seek to adapt to the chaotic traffic of cities. But surely as soon as their development and legislation allows them to circulate, the cities themselves would probably be the ones to adapt to this new way of transport.

The best destination to visit in spring is Cancun

Best destinations to visit in Spring

In Spring, the mild warm climate during the day and the coolness of the night makes it a delight to walk around. It’s the perfect time to rest in the flowery fields, swim in a crystal clear beach or enjoy the wild nature. There are so many options to enjoy a getaway in Spring that we have shortlisted our hot destinations to visit this Spring for you. Enjoy Wavers!

VICTORIA FALLS

Africa is special. The wonderful immensity of the continent makes it impossible to get to know it. However, for a good price there are some budget friendly dream places. And they will bring us closer to the less exploited natural wonders of the world. Among them there is one of the best destinations to visit in spring. The Victoria Falls, located between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Given the political situation of Zimbabwe is a good option to see them from Zambia. The only downside is that we need to go from Livingston by taxi for about 10 kilometers to get to them. But the view is really spectacular from this part of the falls.

As one of th best destinations to visity in spring, The activities offered to tourists are very varied. From a walking tour to a bath in one of the terraces of the falls or ride in helicopter. In any case, the adrenaline is part of the experience as it is likely to feel overwhelmed by the thunderous noise.

To stay, Livingston is the closest city to the waterfalls in Zambia. It offers a very nice colonial and rustic atmosphere to spend the afternoon dining local food and enjoying the local dances. At sight are baboons, antelopes and zebras. The sunrise happens in the middle of a natural wooded place, without contamination and in front of the bottom of the waterfalls. It is spectacular.

VIENNA

In the European city of palaces citizens enjoy a lot the sunny days as well as tourists during their holidays to visit in spring. We can see them picnic in the numerous parks of the city. Or riding a bike around the palaces. Or even chilling in front of the river. These are some of the reasons that make Vienna the city with the highest quality of life in the world, according to a recent study.

One recommendable way of traveling is renting a bike and touring the central ring. This goes through the impressive Opera house, the park of Schottentor and the City Hall. The lattest is one of the most beautiful buildings in central Europe. It is worth to continue the river and visit the Belvedere Palace before turning to Schönnbrunn, the Sissi Palace. Finish the day wandering in its gardens to have amazing views of the city from the top of the hill.

Tourists that are lucky while their holidays in spring can listen for free to a music concert by the prestigious Vienna philharmonic orquesta. This is often held in the gardens of the Sissi Palace throughout the year. At night, a craft beer made of wheat or a lager could be well accompanied by schnitzel. The best area? At the Museumsquartier, the lively area of museums and pubs.

BOSTON

Thre are many good reasons that make special this destination to visit in spring. This city gathers skyscrapers, large parks and a flagrant university life. Remember that it has 52 universities! Let’s shortlist a few key activities to spend a getaway in Boston. We would start our tour in Quincy market, a street market that offers a variety of cuisines of the world located in the historic centre of Boston. Walking from there are the main monuments of Boston such as the Public Library of Boston and the Trinity Church. We also find the cathedral. A great architectural value because part of its foundations are submerged in the water.

To go through the history of Boston, it is best to follow the pedestrian path called the Freedom Trail. It isa tour around the main buildings where the American Revolution was forged. At the same time as revolutionary, the citizens have great immigrant roots that we can enjoy walking on the Black Heritage Tour. Also, it is worth to visit in spring the neighborhoods of Little Italy or Chinatown.

Boston has plenty of parks but the most beautiful one is the Fenway Park. It has large areas where we can escape for a bit from the bustle of the city. After chilling, tourists can visit the skyline of the city, the Fine Arts Museum or enjoy a drink in the historical centre. Some of the spots that are often visit are the prestigious universities MIT and Harvard. Those are easily reached by public transport.

Lastly, we recommend visitors to complete the visit enjoying a basketball game of the Celtics or a baseball game of the Red Sox in their stadiums. It is an interesting opportunity to see locals in their most festive atmosphere.

MAYAN RIVIERA

Definitely is one of the best destinations to visit in spring. In this part of the Caribbean, the dry season is the best season to enjoy a sunny and a cultural vacation by the Mayan Riviera. Keep in mind that distances of all hot spots are long. So it is recommended to stay in Cancun or Playa del Carmen and move around to visit the beaches and the Maya ruins.

For those who want more comfort over their vacations in spring, the hotel zone of Cancun is recommendable. It is the area of ​​beaches with luxurious hotels and apartments in which to spend a few days of pure relax. Once we have rested, there is much to see! One of the mandatory tourist destinations in spring are the ruins of Tulum. Tulum is a Mayan post-classic site that overlooks the Caribbean Sea and offers stunning views both within the park and from the sea.

The more adventurous would continue down the coast to the Bay of Akumel. This is where tourists can swim with turtles and small rays. Another important Mayan post classic ruin is Chichen itztá. It is a complex of ruins dedicated to the Mayan gods that are only three and a half hours from Cancun.

The beaches of the Mexican Mayan Riviera are clean, crystal clear and beautiful. Especially they are worth to visit in spring, when there is no rain. It is also possible to find pink water beaches in Coloradas. This is one of the essential points to enjoy authentic views in the north of the state of Yucatan.

COLONIAL CITIES IN MAN RIVIERA

In the Mayan Riviera not everything is nature. The cities of Valladolid and Merida combine the colorful Caribbean style with the old colonial houses of Creoles and Spaniards. For lunch, tacos, quesadillas and burritos are the local delicacy. And the Margaritas with chile are a real explosion of flavor.

If you travel in group, take Wave with you and find your friends easily by sharing your live location on a private map. In this way you can do your own plan and join them afterwards! Now with the option to set a meeting point on the map and navigate there, it is easier to move around new cities.

Now you are all set! Let us know what is your best destination to visit in spring!

Wave Application nails it again on its latest crowdfunding campaign

Wave has recently closed its second crowdfunding campaign at Crowdcube super successfully. It has reached its £ 500.000 campaign objective during the very first day. The end result for the 30 day crowdfunding campaign is amazing £ 845,980, backed up by 597 investors.

A big part of the success is probably due to the KPIs that Wave presented on its video. Numbers are the following: 80% retention rate and 800% growth in monetization. Those have surely caught the investors’ eyes. Another possible key to success is that Wave had signed previously a A series with prestigious investors. Also, the investors on Crowdcube had the opportunity to sign under the same conditions on the crowdfunding campaign .

Along with its great usage, at Wave we introduced for the first time revenue data from the placement of native and non intrusive ads. It is a new way of monetizing that has driven the app into the online business market.

Prior to this campaign we already did a crowdfunding campaign at CrowdCube in 2016. That time we also hit our goal gaining more than 700 thousand pounds. They were decisive to develop the product we have today.

 This is not the only way of investment we have planned for this year. As we have just signed two Serie A with prestigious investors. Wave is ready to take the app to the next level, arriving to all smartphones in the world.

crowdfunding campaign facts wave application

We are very proud of what we have achieved, making possible to fulfill the KPIs we set two years ago. Now we are able to keep the focus on our product. This has been a great challenge that has made us experts in filtering what we would like to have and what we need. And this is very important when launching a crowdfunding campaign. It is essential to craft a realistic pitch and to make every step of Wave possible.

Once we have set the goals, we have embraced the idea of launching a crowdfunding campaign again. We have looked for the support of small and medium investors. They can take part on Wave and share with us their points of view. This task has been an incredible experience to meet new technology driven investors.

 WHAT HAPPEN AFTER LAUNCHING A CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

The core of Wave is its top notch technology. This is why we want to be a trend setter when it comes to launching new features in the real time location sharing market. We will also continue listening to our users to get the best insights.

 As the features are launched very rapidly the design and UX must be continuously adapted. Our design department, led by the Creative Director of Pinterest, makes sure that the latest trends are also followed in the look & feel of the app.

With the investment raised, Wave will continue improving the product and it aims to lead the real time location market. Wave is set to be the best app to navigate and meet friends. It works anytime there is a plan and to connect with them anywhere in the world.

Wave is a tool to connect people by sharing their location in real time with relatives of friends when needed. They can set a meeting point, chat and be able to arrive to the destiny fast and accurately, anywhere in the world.

However, we have realised that we can extend our technology in positioning and mapping to other companies that need this service. That is why we are implementing secondary B2B verticals. They are dedicated to adjust our native technology to the needs of third parties. This new activity is opening a bunch of new challenges that we are happy to face within the next quarter and beyond.

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The team, as we always mention, has been the great talent that has pushed things forward. We believe that passion is the engine of success at work. We are hiring, so have a look at our opportunities.

This is the time to take Wave to the next level, reaching all smartphones in the world, perfectioning our technology.

Meet friends online to play games, eat local food or enlarge your network with these apps and tips

How to Meet Friends That Share The Same Hobbies? Use These Apps!

How have you met your last group of friends? Making friends and forging relationships is a grateful way to make our lives happier and sometimes we wish we could find someone to find fun things to do near us. However, with our busy lives it is difficult to get out of the routine and throw ourselves to meet friends online.

One of the fun things to do when meeting someone is finding a hobbie that you both share. The key is actually meeting people that are interested in what we are doing or what we like to do with our leisure. With some apps we can easily meet friends online that share our hobbies. Here are our best picks to get you find new friends while tasting new cuisines, playing virtual games or learning new skills.

MEET FRIENDS ONLINE TO SHARE THE TABLE

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One of the fun things to do when we travel or when we plan a dinner out is trying new restaurants. While foreginers may enjoy the local food in general, we may want to find the best restaurant near us that serves our local specialities. That is why connecting both locals and travelers is one of the best ways to meet friends online that share the passion for the gastronomy.

Eat With is an app that proposes to establish as a meeting point the table of thousands of chefs. It works for both reputed and amateurs to meet strangers who want to get closer to the local culture. We can be a host or a guest in a house to have authentic local food, get to know other people and the culture if we are in a new country. Sharing a made in house food it is such a good way to start a conversation and even a friendship.

How does it work? When we install the app we can select to be a guest or a host, and then fill some details about our location, cuisine, expertise and so on. After setting up our profile we can meet friends online to connect with other foodies. A nice supper out can be the beginning of a friendship. It is free and available for iOS and Android

MEET FRIENDS ONLINE TO PLAY A GAME

Gamers are experts in online games, and many friendships have been forged among virtual graphics, however there are some games more collaborative than others, such as Clash Royale. This game is one of the most fascinating mobile games of the moment, in which we can plan strategies, collaborate with players to obtain the clan’s chest and discover worlds with players from all over the world.

The championships are played as a couple, so in the end we spent a lot of time talking and planning our next move with another player in the world. This relationships can move us forward to the next level or take us back, so it is essential to communicate properly with other players and make a strong team. Surely we can find some friends in here, as well as spend entertaining the dead hours. It’s free and available for iOS and Android.

MEET FRIENDS ONLINE TO EXPAND YOUR NETWORK 

Meeting people from our professional sector can elevate our professional future if we coincide with people who offer us new points of view, who make us grow and who contribute something really useful. We can connect with thousands of profiles using professional social networks, however once we have them all it is difficult to identify the right ones to start a conversation and actually break the ice.

To facilitate the conversations and the meetings with new contacts, the app Shapr proposes us a seleccion of Linkedin profiles that matches with our experience and interests, so we don’t need to navigate through our whole list of contacts to find a good profile to talk with. Getting the right connections is difficult, that is why the Shapr app is an easy solution to identify which people we should know.

How does it work? Once we have linked our Linkedin account the application scans our profile and searches in their database for other profiles that share some of our skills and introduces them to us. When we see one that fits us we can request to connect with him or her and if they also want to connect, then Shapr activates a chat of us to start talking and perhaps arrange a meeting to have a coffee.  It is a win-win, since we both want to know each other and there is no place for weird conversations.It is free and available for Android and iOS.

MEET FRIENDS ONLINE TO PLAY TRIVIA IN GROUP

Meet with a group of friends to play a board game is a very interesting option to have a good time and relax on a Friday night, but also to meet people from all over the world and compete to be the winning team. This is the dynamics of Lively, an application that presents a chat with video call for four participants in which to play trivia with people from all over the world.

How does it work? Once the users register they can join a group either at 3pm CEST or at 7pm PST for 30 minutes or just jump in an open game. Users can see each others with the video camera and also chat, and in the case they get along, add each other as a friend. There is no better way to start meeting people than sharing a relaxing time playing fun games such as trivia. Its mission is connecting people while doing something and we believe it is a great idea. It is free and available for iOS.