Our Video is Live!

We've made some serious progress in the past few includes, including some alpha testing, some website redesigning, and of course, some bar hopping. But we've also come out with this video. And we kind of like it.

Check it out above, or click here to watch in HD: http://ntr.lu/1H28ahs.

The point is to get people excited while we start accepting sign-ups for beta invites. It follows a young woman as she logs on and decides she wants to get away from her computer. We wanted to show viewers a few specific things they can use Interluude for, in as general a way as possible. If that makes any sense. Well, watch for yourself.

We filmed a lot of this ourselves with just a GoPro, but we also used various stock footage. The music is Wild Heart by Niagara Falls-based Tim McMorris.

Let us know your comments below or on the ol' Twitter.

We've also been working on hard on getting our beta launch ready, but we've taken some of your feedback on our alpha site and we're back at the drawing board right now with a complete new feel that is simpler and easier to understand. We'll be in touch when we're ready to try again.

Cheers,

Sam at Interluude

Press Release: Now Accepting Beta Sign-Ups

Press Release: Now Accepting Beta Sign-Ups


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Vancouver, BC, Canada | Published 17 March 2015

Interluude is a new way to crowdfund free time.

We are now accepting invites to join our beta launch.

Interluude is all about putting the social back in social network. Organizers create projects or events and post them online with a goal for how many attendees or helpers they want to find, while backers find these projects by location, date, or category.

Interested in signing up? Well hold up, we're not quite ready for you yet. But, you can sign up to be one of our beta users here (click "Get Early Access" up near the top). The beta test will be phased in by location, beginning with Metro Vancouver before the rest of Canada and hopefully taking over the world. You can sign up for Interluude with your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram account, or play it old school and create an account just with us.

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We’re looking to put the social back in social network.
— Sam Vickars, Co-founder

Calling All Superheros

To every new family the birth of a child is considered a miracle, but on February 28th we celebrated the first birthday of a true miracle in Easton Jack Ralston Fraser. I would like to take a moment to tug on those heart strings and share the incredible story of the medical prowess of those at McMaster University, the support of Ronald McDonald House, and the power of a family with the desire to make a difference.

Easton was stillborn one year ago. An umbilical cord prolapse, a situation that happens in less than 1% of pregnancies, caused the baby to appear with an APGAR score of 0 across the board. Revived, seizuring, and without oxygen for 12 minutes, Easton was suffering from severe Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and placed into a medical coma for almost a month balancing on life support. With no medical precedent of survival in these conditions, the staff at McMaster NICU here worked their magic.

Easton was introduced to a cooling treatment, Hypothermia Therapy, to treat HIE. He was chilled for 72 hours, the maximum treatment to slow down the neurotoxins and delay brain cell death. After slowly being warmed back up, another 72 hours later, Easton was still on life support with the community still unsure of his recovery. It was said that he may never walk, talk, eat, or breathe on his own. But the treatment, setting records for its duration, and the support from Ronald McDonald House seems to have done something right.

A year later, we celebrated Easton’s first birthday, and not in typical first birthday fashion. Nicole Sirianni, the superhero mother in question, threw together a superhero themed party held in Elora, Ontario’s community center where the concept was not only to celebrate Easton, but to celebrate all those who made it possible to share this day with friends and family.

“Basically it was all about an open door with our story and getting out to our community and letting people know about Easton and the resources that made it possible for his amazing outcome.”

Nicole worked with local businesses to gather sponsors, as well as her local McDonalds to provide drinks, cookies, and a bouncy castle. The party asked for donations of battery powered mobiles, bouncy/vibrating chairs, baby mirrors, tummy time toys, receiving blankets, knitted hats, or gift card donations that both Ronald McDonald House and NICU would use. Oh, and there were some great superhero costumes that made an appearance with plenty of capes and masks for the kids.

“I think my quality of the event will be better next time, I would change the location and have a more polished professional atmosphere … I would do raffles and silent auctions. If the funding and participation was there I would have gone all out!”

Nicole is making strides at maintaining Easton’s birthday party as an annual event, one in which the communities around Elora, Ontario, and those who have been touched by the helpful hands at Ronald McDonald House can come out, donate some of their time, talents and support to such a life changing team.

So what do you think? If you were in the area would you stop by, donate your time and your talents? I hope that we can get out to support events like this, showing that we care about maintaining miracles.


Andrew Cole
andrew@interluu.de

Screenshots!

Check it out! Interluude is real! Well, maybe not quite real, but it's definitely coming along. Have a look at these screenshots and let us know what you think! And remember, these aren't final, but we're pretty happy with the progress so far.

To get involved with an alpha-test in the next month or so, shoot an email to sam@interluu.de.

01. Homepage (signed in)

02. Search Page

03. Project Page

04. Submission Page

05. Profile Page

06. Blog

Love as always,
Sam at Interluude


E-Coop Term Week 4

It's been a few weeks since our last update, but rest assured, things are moving, moving. First of all, we'd like to welcome Trevor Bauder to the team. Trevor is not single, but he's most definitely ready to mingle. So keep an eye out for him getting all up in our business (in a good way, don't you worry) over the next few months.

As for Interluude itself, we've got our servers set up and rearing to go. All of our domains are active - that is, interluu.de, interluude.com, interluude.ca, and interluude.org. Now would be the absolute worst time to change our minds on the name. We're working on getting an alpha test ready to roll out in early March, so if you're interested in being part of that, shoot us an email through the Team page above.

Of course, our Beta launch is still on track for the end of April and we'll need about 250 users to get that rolling. If you think you've got what it takes (which is really just a computer or a smartphone, even an iPad will do), then shoot us a note, again, through the Team page above.

Also, Vancouver Giants game next week! Heck yes!

Love,
Sam at Interluude

Let's Get Started

First of all, happy New Year! We had a bit of a slow finish to 2014, but we're ready to start 2015 with a bang.

This semester, I'll be taking Interluude to the next level and finally getting it launched. I'm taking term away from school to do something called an E-Coop with Waterloo. What that means is working with the team at Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology Centre, along with a group of advisors and mentors from my own network and my peers at Waterloo to get the business side of Interluude up and running. I'll be working from home in Vancouver to get the technical side of Interluude to the test-launch stage.

That's all I can say for now, but stay tuned for more in the coming weeks!

Love,

Sam at Interluude

 

Some updates

After a brief hiatus, we're back and getting some serious work done. We've got a more realistic timeline and we're ready to get down and dirty with some design and development to get Interluude ready for lift-off. 

Timeline

We've decided to break up the launch of Interluude into a few stages. The first will just be a trial run with projects and events in one city and will hopefully take place at the end of summer 2014. We'll run that for a few months in a limited release and see how things go. We'll then retreat into our cave of computers and coding and coffee and get Interluude ready to face the public for winter 2015. 

Pre-launch Website

You've probably noticed the snazzy new website you're reading this on (interluude.com). It's here to show off the Interluude and get you all stoked for the coming release. We've got a new wordmark, some new copy, and a some great banner images, so share, share, share, and get the word out that this is going to be something big.

Investors and Advisors

We're gearing up to get Interluude launched and we're aiming to have this start-up approved as an e-coop for our final work term at UWaterloo, so we're starting to work with a key group of investors and advisors to get our feet firmly on the ground, ready to start running in the coming months. Interested in helping us out? Click here.

Pub Crawl

We just did a really cool Circle Line pub crawl and thought you should know.

 

We've been pretty busy over the past month or two with our full-time jobs, but we're ready to commit some real time to this project, so stay tuned.

Love,
Sam at Interluude


Welcome to Interluude

By now you've no doubt heard of this ridiculous thing going around the internet called NekNominations. The whole idea is to have a drink on camera and then nominate someone else to do the same, outdoing or one-upping the one who nominates you.

Last week, my brother, Iain, posted his video and what he did was pretty amazing. He had a beer, of course, but he also talked about how powerful the internet is and what kinds of incredible things we could be doing if we'd only use it for more than a drinking game. He then went on to send a small donation to Oxfam to support farming in third world countries. Iain finished his video with a nomination and a challenge to one-up him in the "doing good" category.

Andrew and I are all for sending out a donation instead of buying a 24 this weekend, but one problem: we're broke college students. So we came up with something better. Something that can benefit the world that we live in right here at home. Something that can make an instant, visible difference to our communities. We came up with a way to donate time. Introducing Interluude.

The idea is simple and starts in two places. One, you're like us and have a few hours to spare on the weekend or after work and want to do some good. Sure, you want to do something good for the world, but you also want some personal benefits, like resume-building, people-meeting, friend-making, skill-enhancing, things like that. So why not volunteer somewhere? Traditional methods of volunteering include registering with a service and filing out forms and forms and forms, or finding a specific activity and doing all the legwork just so you can help out for an hour. Not anymore. Log into Interluude with your Facebook, find your city, and sort by date and time. Choose a category or select a tag or even look at what you're friends are doing. Once you've found a project, hit volunteer, put in some basic contact info, and show up. 

Two, you're with a non-profit, a school group, a private company, a religious group, or you're just you and you need some help. Usually you'd have to get a marketing budget or hook up with some media outlets to get the word out, or even use something a little dodgy like Craigslist. With Interluude, just log in as an organizer and add your project. You can put up anything as long as it benefits more than only you. We'll quickly approve it or work with you to get it approved and bam, it's up for the world to see. We make it easy to find and easy to volunteer with solid links to existing social media networks and everything is easily sharable. When you're adding your project, add a goal of how many man-hours you need and add some incentives (like a free t-shirt for volunteering an hour or lunch if you sign up for the whole day). This gives it an all-or-nothing mentality similar to Kickstarter or Indiegogo, but if you don't hit your goal, it doesn't mean your project is canceled - that's up to you.

So there you have it: a revolution in volunteering.

We're aiming to have Interluude live in a few months, so bare with us as we work out some kinks.

Love,
Sam at Interluude