Empowering people to live in the moment, by keeping them connected in disconnected spaces.
A world where people never worry about losing each other.
We enable friend-finding without signal in busy venues.
Every time I went out, my messages would look like this…’
Tamzin started WYA while studying at Oxford. After experiencing first-hand the prevalence of harassment and assault in busy nighttime venues, she decided to build a tool to help people to stay connected without signal and feel more empowered at busy venues. After surveying over 1,100 students about their experiences of nightlife and events, she realized how pervasive the problem of losing friends is – and how serious it can be in critical environments.
She decided that there should be an app which allows people to stay connected, stay together, and so WYA begins.
Events are about having fun, but losing people, feeling anxious, and feeling vulnerable can have a significant impact. While the app is at an early stage in it’s journey, we are building the app to build a future where everyone has peace of mind at events.
WYA uses Bluetooth to allow you to find friends, even when you are offline. Search for them on a map or send them a PING if needed.
We use a Bluetooth mesh network across the club, as well as implementing Bluetooth infrastructure. By combining this network with floor plans provided by the venue, WYA can create highly accurate maps of different event venues.
We want people to have fun – to avoid people spending nights out anxiously looking for friends when they should be spending time with them.