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20 July 2015 - 2:59 pm University of Sheffield students develop official Tramlines app

Startup Weekend winning team Overhear

Startup Weekend winning team Overhear

The winners of last month’s Startup Weekend: Music & Literature, OverHear, have secured a major deal with the organisers of Tramlines festival to be the official app for the 3 day event.

Startup Weekends are hands on experiences where aspiring entrepreneurs from all backgrounds come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch Startup businesses. This year University of Sheffield Enterprise hosted a specialist music and literature themed Startup Weekend, with the intention of discovering the next Goodreads, Spotify or SoundClound.

The winning team, OverHear, is comprised entirely of University of Sheffield students, representing a wide range of disciplines, including Maths, Architecture and Computer Science. Over an intense 54 hours they developed their initial concept – a dynamic app that allows you to plan for future gigs and events in your city – into a working prototype. The weekend culminated in the team successfully pitching the product to a panel of expert Startup coaches.

Guy Balaam, a second year Maths student at the University of Sheffield and co-founder of OverHear said: “The app was originally intended for any gig or event, but as it developed over the weekend we quickly realised it was ideally suited to a city based festival like Tramlines, in which there are several events happening simultaneously and that are spread out all over the city.

“After winning Startup Weekend the first priority was to tidy up our code, it was a manic 54 hours and we hadn’t really slept, so the code was understandably a little messy. We then approached Tramlines and had a really great meeting with them where they agreed to make OverHear the official app for the festival. Since then we have worked non-stop to get the app developed in time for Tramlines.”

In addition to listing upcoming events in your city on a dynamic map, OverHear also has a number of other unique features.This includes a personalised timeline that fully integrates with Facebook, allowing you to look back over all the gigs and events you have attended, relive the memories through the community photo archive and reconnect with all the connections you made. A handy “Clashfinder” function alerts you to any potential clashes between events and gigs, helping you to make those difficult decisions early.

For the moment the team are focussing on the music industry, but have ambitions to introduce the app to the many arts and comedy events that are hosted across the UK.

The team have received a significant amount of support from the University of Sheffield Enterprise team, including free financial, legal and marketing advice, as well as a creative space to work from and initial seed funding.

Overhear is now available to download on both Android and Apple.

The Overhear team members are Guy Balaam (Maths), Alex Millward (Computer Science), Ben Hooper (Architecture), Robin Hartley (Engineering), Winnie Simon (English Literature)