We spoke with the founder of My Fishing Tournament, Robin Conn, about building a tournament platform for fishers. Conn has been building online platforms for more than ten years, specializing in data-driven e-commerce websites. Bubble's unmatched no-code development was what he was looking for to create the app.
Tell us about your app and how it works.
Conn: My Fishing Tournament is an app I created because I am involved with a charity fishing tournament. I wanted to let fishers submit their catches using their mobile phones. The app is based on a "Catch and Release" competition where the user takes a photo of the fish on a measuring stick then submit it to the "Tournament Scoring Team."
How does your app work?
A fisherman catches fish and takes photos. Then, the user opens the app, uploads the images, selects species, inputs length, and submits. The Scoring Team sees these fish submissions come in on the "Scoring Verification" screen. The team verifies information then marks as "verified." Once verified, the submissions show up on the live leaderboard screen. The leaderboard shows on a large format monitor screen on-shore at the tournament site or to anyone watching the provided URL from home or on their mobile device. The users can also see the leaderboard mobile version and a list of all of their submissions on the app. The main goal of our app is to reduce challenges at the end of the tournament.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I have more than ten years of experience in building websites, mainly for data-driven e-commerce platforms. I made My Fishing Tournament app a SaaS product so I could sell it to many tournaments. I was looking for a better environment to develop an app for my online trade show business, and I discovered Bubble.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
I am impressed with the Bubble's support team and forum. My goal is to earn a living as a freelancer using Bubble. Although the learning curve was a bit steep initially, I caught up quickly after going trying a couple of times but then got busy and fell back to what I was familiar with. There was one rare weekend when I had nothing to do, and I dove in right away. Within a day, I was amazed at the powerful features and easy accessibility of Bubble, which was about four years ago. Since then, I have developed dozens of apps and sold a couple.
What has been your traction or success so far?
There has been a lot of positive feedback from the beta testers. August 8th was the first live tournament, and I am very excited to see what's more to come.
What are your future plans for your app?
My plan is to start marketing the app to other fishing tournaments. I built the app to handle many tournaments at once. I am also thinking of offering various pricing plans to different users. I also received one inquiry about selling the app, and that may be a direction I can also take since I incredibly enjoy the no-code development in creating the app.
Learn more about My Fishing Tournament.
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