An app for party people
MANILA, Philippines - If you’ve ever texted or called a friend to get you on the guest list of one of the clubs in the city, you’ll know how inconvenient it can sometimes get.
Receptionists can spend a lot of time checking their lists and searching for your name, only to turn you away when they don’t find it. You then have to call your friend while more people get in line behind you, impatiently waiting their turn, resulting in an awkward and stressful situation.
Technology and social media are helping people communicate better, so why can’t they help people get inside clubs and parties faster?
A new Facebook app called eRSVP intends to do just that. The app not only provides partygoers free entry into regular event nights in the club where it is first launched, Republiq, but also allows easy access into the club through a hassle-free electronic guestlist verification process.
For the club owners, the app allows them to conveniently manage their guest list system in real time.
“This technology removes instances of a partygoers’ name not being included in the guest list. Promoters can automatically receive and confirm the guest list entry that is submitted through the app,” said Ron Baetiong, CEO and founder of Guestlist.ph.
"Also, the app has a feature that recognizes guest names for repeat usage of the system."
How does the app work?
1) First you need a Facebook account and profile.
“The technology is a Facebook app where you register to join a club's parties,” said Chris Fong, Baetiong’s co-founder. “It requires the user’s name, gender and mobile number. We will then send an alpha numeric code to the mobile number the user has registered, which will become their VIP pass to enter the club and skip the normal guest list line.”
2) After guests have registered and received the code, they need to show it to the staff at the door of the club.
Republiq, for instance, has set up a lane exclusive to eRSVP users. After they show their ID card, they will then scan their code on the special eRSVP app scanners.
“They will have to confirm their identities through the scanner, after which it will print their access pass. Users shall present the pass to the club’s receptionists to get their stamps. And they’re off to the dance floor!” Fong said.
Baetiong, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, said he established this tech start-up in order to revolutionize the Philippine party scene.
“We realized that this is the technology we have been waiting for so long that will solve our guest listing system,” said Marie Shindo, marketing officer of Republiq.
Baetiong said they intend to roll out the app in more clubs and events places around the city in the coming months. - Rappler.com
Paul John Caña is the managing editor of Lifestyle Asia magazine and is a live music geek. Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @pauljohncana