You can use Lifecrowd to find interesting events, parties, courses, hikes and other things to participate in. You can also use Lifecrowd to plan events and find people online who want to participate in them. The app can also be used to help fund events by gathering interest from a wider crowd. The app is focused on cities in the United States and is of less use to an international viewership although it could also be used by people who are planning to visit certain U.S. cities and are looking for interesting events to participate in.Show more screenshots »
Lifecrowd was created in 2012 in Santa Monica, California with a $5 million funding round by investment company Lightbank. The originality of the idea of crowdfunding and sourcing social events caught on quickly with the media. Shortly after its foundation, Lifecrowd received reviews and mentions by major media including Tech Crunch, the Chicago Tribune, NBC, CBS, Wired, and others. The number of events available to participants quickly grew. Sushi making courses, local hikes, wine tasting and other events were available on Lifecrowd from early on, increasing its appeal in several U.S. cities.
Lifecrowd is fundamentally a social networking app. But it differs greatly from social networks because it focuses on interaction in real life and not just on line. The app takes a step back to face to face meetings and participation in events. The app is also different in that it is not just a tool for announcing the availability of different events and courses. The app helps users organize and plan events and to find others with similar interests to help plan and fund them. The app is also much less formal, and more spontaneous-seeming, than many other event planning apps out there.
The web app is visually very lively. Photos of people, events, foods and more give the user an impression of wide variety from the moment he or she first sees the main page. The interface is highly intuitive. Choosing an event is made simpler as they are organized by day of the week prominently on the main page. It is also easy to find events, and other app users, with similar interest using the drop down menu at the front of the page. The interface also reinforces the social side of the events by prominently displaying photos and profiles of other users who plan to participate in, or organize, the events shown.
To register with Lifecrowd, a user is asked to fill in basic information such as gender, birthdate and e-mail address. The user must then answer a series of questions meant to figure out what type of events the user would be most interested in. The first part of the "quizz" presents the user with four photos - of people exercising, performing handicrafts, touring and playing tennis table. The user must choose the one he or she likes most. Several more options are presented before the app generates recommendations for you. At the end, the user is asked to register via a Facebook account.
The app itself is free to use. The costs to the user depend on the number and type of events that he or she would like to participate in. The costs to the user are determined by the person who is organizing the event. Lifecrowd recommends that event organizers plan for event charges of betweem $20 and $40 per person for groups of up to eight people. However, the costs is just a guideline.
The app is fantastic for anybody tired of the `virtual' aspect of social networking. Anybody looking for new experiences or discoveries close to home can benefit from this app. However, the app is focused only on the United States and international users would not find much benefit unless they plan to travel to the cities covered by the app.