Community Update: January 8

Platform Progress

  • 1000 sign-ups in total
  • Improvements: A new map feature is ready on the alpha version of the platform. Test it out and see how it is. Let us know any improvements to make towards it. We can’t wait for you to sign up!
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The Forum

Sign Up and Check Out the Platform

We need you. Yes, you!

The alpha (testing) version of the Couchers platform is up and ready for more people to join. When you sign up for the alpha, you’ll get to see the beginnings of the Couchers platform and give your own insight and suggestions on things to improve.

After creating an account, you’ll be able to fill out your profile bio and see the layout of the platform. Fair warning though, there will be bugs. Not the pesky mosquito bite kind but more on the technical side. Things not fully functional or built out yet.

That’s where you come in. Create an account, sign in, and cruise around the platform. Click through different menus, check out the cool map we have set up with all the different countries Couchers members are in.

Let us know what you think and give suggestions if you have some.

Join the Alpha

What Was Your Greatest Couch-Surfing Experience?

As we continue to work toward launching Couchers, we enjoy hearing the various experiences everyone has had through couch-surfing. The new places, spots, and people you meet and discover.

Over on the forum, community members shared the greatest and most interesting experiences they have had from couch-surfing. For a lot of people, this year involved staying put where you were. No traveling to speak of. As the world continues to open up more, new adventures are being planned. It allows for us to reflect on the past experiences we’ve had while traveling.

Once in a lifetime experiences, new spots discovered, and interesting people met along the way. Things that couldn’t be planned out or located within a guidebook.

Head on over to the forum and let us know what your greatest couch-surfing experience has been.

What’s Your Greatest Couch-Surfing Experience?

Video Hangouts

Join us for one of the weekly online video hangouts. You can meet and chat with each other and get to know the Couchers community! Talk about couch-surfing, give input on ways to make the platform the most comprehensive it can be, and get answers to questions you may have about

One of the main discussions in a previous weekly online event was if we should have a community chat or messaging feature. Figuring out the level of it, whether it be at city, state/province, region, or country level. This could allow for community members to connect in a different way.

The date and time for the online events are chosen based on the response of community members. Check out the forum for the latest information. There you can see, and suggest, types of events—from discussions to games—and get in on the hangout!

Help Needed!

We are looking for volunteers for:
Backend Development: To build the new website and platform with Python.
Graphic Designers: To design marketing and outreach collaterals.

Respond to this email if you are interested in helping out!

Thanks for reading, check out the Alpha to see the platform in progress. Don’t forget to head on over to the forum to give your two cents. All members on the forum now have access to creating public events! Find out how to publish an event to the forum. Remember to invite your friends!

Happy New Year. Here’s to 2021!

The Team