Salon: game-based speed dating experience over video call
WATCH THIS FIRST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_p1FhQhIpU&feature=youtu.be
Bigger group (but audio is screwed):
Don't watch it if you have not watched the first video!
Consider this as extra footage that lacks a voice over but show that we actually had a lot of fun:
Salon is a game-based speed dating experience over video call
☹ Problem ☹
With online dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, you need to make a big jump from spending just a few minutes texting with someone to a full IRL date that lasts a substantial amount of time.
Ideally, before you commit to a full date, you'd like to be pretty sure the other person is actually a good fit for you, but that is precisely something that isn't possible due to the text medium.
And of course, during this current period of Covid-induced quarantines, there's not even the option to meet for a full IRL date! And the same problem of taking a leap of faith from texting to hours-long Zoom calls persist...
Our Solution — Salon
We believe there should be a fun and exciting middle ground between a few minutes of texting and a full, hours-long 1-on-1 date, and that's why we're building Salon — a 30-mins long game-based speed dating experience over video call.
With Salon, you start off the session in a gender-balanced video chat room of 6-10 people. Salon starts everyone off with some thought-provoking questions and games, and makes sure everyone has a chance to speak.
When this discovery phase is over, we ask every participant to rank potential dates based on how much they want a 1-on-1 with them. We then match people with mutual interest into private video calls, each lasting 5 minutes.
In their private video calls, dates are launched into one of our text-based-games, which include our carefully crafted, personality-revealing games such as Would You Rather and 20 Questions, as well as party classics like Never Have I Ever and Truth or Drink.
At the end of each private video call, dates can press a button if they're interested in a second date. If their partner presses it too, we reveal their mutual interest and exchange Twitter handles! In each evening, there are three rounds of private video calls and at the end of the last one, the Salon closes.
Reactive State between clients and server
AWS Setup (we develop with live reload in prod)
Bipartite matching algorithm for one on ones
One on One rooms
Sharing details if mutual interests