Rally is an online community for athletes to meet, socialize, and schedule a time for a quick rally at the park. By simply swiping left or right on athletes with similar attributes, interests, and skill levels as you, the app creates "matches" based on athletes who have both picked one another.
This may sound odd, but for the longest time I couldn't find a hobby. I felt really intimidated to try something out without having other people tag along. This summer my partner and I decided to try rock climbing. It was something I really wanted to try out but I never had a climbing partner. Safety tip: find a climbing partner that weights similarly to you. Learned that the hard way. 🪨 Something that I had thought was that, had it not been for the fact I had my partner around to try this out with. I probably would have never done it. Rock climbing especially requires a partner. And so what if there was a way to connect people through different sports.
This started out as a rock climbing project but ended up being something much bigger. Through this project I wanted to explore ways that technology can bring people together in shared cultures and activities. A space for planning, community and time for a good rally.
During the research phase of this project, I wanted to fully understand the current athlete meeting applications that are being used. Or even applications used to meet friends. After my research, I interviewed eight athletes, and three non-athletes. I wanted to learn about an athletes state of mind in terms of meeting other atheletes and getting into a sport. From the non-athletes I wanted to learn about reasons why they may or may not have tried a sport. What are the pain points of this user group and is there a way I can design for that.
From an Athletes Perspective
From a non-athletes perspective
From my research and insight we can identity
a few challenges and goals for this project
By simply swiping left or right, users go through a line up of similar local athletes. If both athletes pick one another, they're free to chat and make plans.
By incorperating an online forum into the app, Rally builds a community that is larger than the athletes a user might have matched with. Creating a large sense of community in an athletes sport.