Developed by Edward Okoth, TurnApp is a social events marketplace for party and event lovers in Nairobi, Kenya. As a marketplace, the site is open to event organizers and the public.
Event organizers post their events, indicate the location, time, price, how much it costs and the dress code or simply post their events, share them t their networks, invite people to attend and sell tickets via their smartphones. The public on the other hand, visit the site or app to choose the best events they want to attend conveniently via their mobile phones or computers.According to the founders, ”TurnApp is your personal guide to finding fun, music, concerts, your favorite plays, festivals and over 3000 different topics happening in your city, or any city you visit. Find that karaoke bar next time you go on vacation, discover offers and events from your favorite restaurants, cinemas and nightclubs. You’ll get notified before it even happens.”
The founders add that TurnApp learns from a user’s past interactions and preferences and only shows them things they are really interested in. With user history, the app recommends the places, people and things a user loves on a daily personalized list of events at various locations.
Users can also use the app to find trending events for the weekend, weekdays or any major holidays in advance so they can plan ahead. The app aims to be a user’s travel companion to every city one visits so that users don’t have to worry about finding the coolest parties to go to in new cities.
The app also allows one to connect with their friends on social media and see what they are attending so they can join them. Event organizers also can use the app to invite people, sell tickets from their smartphones as well as track how many people will attend for planning.
TurnApp’s major competition is KenyaBuzz which also lists events and parties across the country. KenyaBuzz has a huge following as well as an up-to-date inventory. TurnApp will have to do much more to cater for this market. It’s focus on social events might be its major advantage as KenyaBuzz has a wide variety of events such as classes, seminars and summits which the youth might find boring.
TurnApp’s major focus is to help its users find fun, music, concerts, their favorite plays, festivals all at one place. It also lists offers and events at all a user’s favorite entertainment spots for free. If it gains traction, TurnApp will likely make cash via commissions or featured events and advertising.