The Orca App
Orca is my newest VC backed venture and mobile application (for iOS and Android) which focuses on encouraging users to socialise more with the people around them. Orca allows users nearby to list an event, specifying an appropriate audience, and upon posting all nearby users matching those settings are invited along via push notification.
The app also features real-time chat using SendBird, Facebook Audience Network Native Ads, integration with Groupon’s deals API and more.
I am the sole developer on the project, producing all front-end and back-end components of the service. The development of the app is ongoing and is continuously having features added to expand the offering.
The front end of Orca was developed native on iOS in Swift, and the android version was produced in Unity3D.
The back-end is hosted on Google App Engine makes use of complex queries, alongside a memcache layer to minimise server load and keep running costs to a minimum.
The app is currently undergoing soft-launch in just the UK, but has already been featured nationally on ITV News At Ten, BBC Radio, and holds a 5 star user rating on the app store. A further round of investment and expansion into other territories will follow within the coming year.