We asked Data Roadtrip founder, Olivier Ballou, about building an app that allows users to select a neighborhood and guess the surroundings, income, racial makeup, and politics of a place. Olivier is a graphic designer and also has a degree in political science. He chose Bubble because the no-code platform enabled him to build a fully functional web app quickly and cheaply.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
If you were randomly teleported to a neighborhood somewhere in the US, could you guess the demographics of the people who live there? Data Roadtrip drops you inside a real-life Google Streetview with one mission: investigate your surroundings and guess the income, racial makeup, and politics of a place — before the clock runs out.
How does your app work?
First, you pick a “roadtrip” – a collection of real-life locations based around a theme (e.g., rich neighborhoods, unusual places, random areas). In each Streetview location, move down the streets to look for hints. You have three minutes to move the sliders (income, minority population, and election results). After you make your guess, you get your score, as well as an interesting fact about the place.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I’m a graphic designer with a political science degree. In my work, I look for a way to get serious ideas across in interesting ways. I created my first app, a data trend guessing game called Storyline (www.storylinegame.com) in 2018, and saw it take off – especially in schools. I’ve since built various informative/elearning apps for clients. I saw a Facebook ad for Bubble and was intrigued.
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
I’m not a developer, and I wanted to build Data Roadtrip quickly and cheaply. I also wanted to be able tweak it myself. Working with a Bubble expert from India, I built Data Roadtrip for $1,000. The ability to have him make changes in real-time over a zoom call was incredible.
What have been your milestones or successes so far?
I got a hundred or so users to test it. Based on a survey, as well as user recordings (through hotjar.com) I made a first round of UX and content improvements.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
I’m looking for a partner (like a foundation, non-profit, or elearning platform) which can help promote and develop the project further. I think the main benefit of the game is that it tests people’s assumptions about parts of the US they aren’t familiar with. As one user wrote: “The game is really eye-opening”.
Learn more about Data Roadtrip: LinkedIn
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