Message from Viet. (Jan 2019)
"Hospitality Club Relaunch - it's coming!
I have some exciting news - there will be a reborn Hospitality Club. Soon.
From now on, I'll make HC the main project in my life again and push forward to
a new app, new site, and then revive the community.
I need your help - HC has always, and will always be a volunteer project. And
one that lives from the enthusiasm of it's members.
The steps are clear:
- first: develop an app. The World has changed, and while our platform/website
was revolutionary in the early 2000s, now we need to get on phones. If you are
an app developer (or have friends who are), please get in touch with me
- second: develop a new site. It will be barebones at first, with basic
functionality (profiles, message sending, city/region/country pages, comments).
If you want to help with that, get in touch, too.
Both will be open source, of course! I've wanted HC to be open source since
years and years - can't wait to have the code out there, so it can be improved
constantly by enthusiastic programmers with new ideas from the community.
I *really* want HC to be the best hospitality exchange platform this planet has
ever seen. Again. With smart and innovative tools to solve the inherent
challenges of hospitality exchange. And of course, no message limitations or
verification schemes to drive profits ;)
Third step: after the technical side is done, a lot of help will be needed to
revive the community. Test the new app site, use it when you travel, update your
profiles, help the members around you get used to the new HC, organize meetings,
rebuild volunteer teams. This will be in some months, so I'll post again and
again til then, here and in HC.
So here we go. I know that many of you have been waiting for this for a long
time. Yes, it was painful to see HC lose activity, other, more profit-oriented
platforms take over. On the other hand, they have done a good job spreading
our/my idea around the planet, and I always knew HC would be back one day.
We live in times of rapid technological advances, huge ecological and social
challenges to our planet. But also times where more and more hatred between
cultures is being sown, powerful people play on the fear of the "'other".
Our idea of bringing people together is more relevant and needed than ever. It's
time to step back into the game and make hospitality exchange again what it
always was - a generous, fun, intercultural and ecological activity that
broadens people's minds and helps them understand each other better.
Are you in?
Hospitality Club Founder
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