MOT – Meet on train is a mobile app to help people of the same mindset meet while they travel on the same train. A traveler can create discussion forums on a topic of their choice, while other travelers can choose if they would like to be involved digitally or physically. We have seen the topics ranging from Startups Ideas to Cancer Discussions. It is fascinating to see how people have different mindset and experiences to share and how a simple journey can turn to completely fun-filled and interactive.
Community building is a big industry and it is lovely to help people with the same mindset meet each other. The online Community building industry has an estimated market size of USD 12 Billion growing at a rate of 5% annually, making it a highly lucrative market for some of the major investors. However, we are targeting a specific market TRAINS. Governments of all the countries promote public transports and railways for the longer routes. Apart from the ecological advantage, there are many other benefits involved in public transports. As a wise man once said, “Network is your net worth”. And MOT aims to increase your net worth by multi-folds.
Gap in the Market:
Low Network connectivity:
Most of the rail routes have low network coverage due to which there aren’t many things left to be done. Most of the youngsters spend time watching movies, or playing games on their phone while others spend time reading books, or other forms of offline media content.
Trains are not the place that people generally like to roam around; due to which most of the travelers remain unaware of their surroundings. Events or discussion can erupt any moment hence in order for a nice productive discussion forum the timing and placement of the attendees are also critical.
Introduction to strangers:
Generally, people only communicate with people sitting in the same compartment i.e. in the best case limited to 9 people is the surrounding seats. Walking up to a stranger and starting a conversation could be pretty weird or, at times, not so welcoming.
A user can start a discussion forum only after login inside the application and entering the PNR number and the travel details. The Admin/creator also has to add a meeting berth where people interested can physically meet. The system checks the details with other online portals and API automatically to verify if the details are genuine. Once verified the topic becomes active on the platform for others to join.
Starting a Discussion Topic:
A traveler can start a topic with an appropriate heading, description, and tags to the group. These details are used by our search engine logic to give relevant suggestions to fellow travelers who may be interested in joining the group. Hence the suggestions become highly personalized and targeted.
Personal and Group Chat:
Participants of the group can do a group chat with other participants within the group. It is readable and accessible to all. The group is active even after completing the journey, the group auto-deletes itself after 10 days of no activity.
Participants also have the option to do personal chat with the other participants of the group, however, the other participant has to accept the request first, to do personal chat. These chats do not get deleted unless one of the participants block the chat.
Since we are talking about trains and they generally don’t have good coverage hence being internet dependent could be a big drawback in connecting people. Hence the travelers can find the groups until they have a good connectivity. Alternatively, the travelers can simply add their travel schedule while the app will keep fetching and storing the information of the group that they can access.
Shifting Group Ownership:
The group ownership or meeting point could be changed by the main admin manually. The admin can assign other participants of the group as the admin. The current admin only has the power to change the meeting point for the particular group.
In case there is no internet connectivity the group members can create their personal LAN to which the other participants can easily join. Hence even without the internet, the communication can happen seamlessly. The information then gets updated to other non-connected participants once the internet connectivity re-established.
We have heard so many beautiful stories being made by people meeting randomly on a flight, or a cafe, or in an event. So why restrict ourselves to only the people we know and who sit around us. Let’s meet everyone who shares mutual thoughts to open our perspective to new adventures and experiences. Who knows what story you have in the making.
We are now working on adding ads section which does not feel like an Ad and still sends the message clearly to the audiences. A new section to sell things is also under scrutiny if cleared it will mark an entry into a new domain which will be more fun and challenging.