iPhone App of the Week: RAVN Events

Category: Lifestyle
Price: Free
Release Date: Updated February 27, 2012
Version: 1.5.1
Seller: Whitehawk Ventures, Inc.
Rated: 12+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Link to app

TiP Rating: 3/5 Stars

App Store Description:

RAVN Events is your personal insider’s guide to your city. It is the fastest and easiest way to find out what’s going on this weekend. Check out a list of recommended events each week personalized by your interests or browse through ongoing events shared by other users.
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Summary:

Discover and share the best events going on in your city with RAVN. Browse and add events to your wish list while meeting other event-goers with similar interests.
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Review: 

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that the entire city has gone into hibernation. Whether you’re new to town or just growing bored with your regular routine, RAVN can help.

RAVN boasts a database of more than 20,000 upcoming events in most major cities — including Toronto, Vancouver, London, Dublin, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Unlike other event apps, RAVN focuses on discovery, allowing you to browse events chronologically.

You can scroll through events, which are listed in a slideshow with the event title and a photo — it looks even better if you turn your iPhone sideways. To view more information, tap on the image.

There you will find more details, including a description of the event, location, and more images (if applicable). Some events will also have links to Eventbrite or something similar. For those that sign up with Facebook, you can save yourself a step when events use Facebook Events to register attendees.

You can also tap the Want it button to add the event to your wish list. I wasn’t aware at the time, but this will also add the event to the calendar on your phone. The app will also display the thumbnail of up to 20 other people that indicated they’re interested in a specific event. These images will appear below each event.

If you’re more interested connecting with other event attendees, you can tap Live toward the bottom of the app. From here you can filter between those nearby and that you’re following — although switching from following to nearby continuously crashed the app for me.

You can also see a list of popular event-goers by clicking on the People tab. You will be able to see how many photos they’ve uploaded as well as their events wish list. It’s not clear what’s required to be dubbed “popular.”

Over time, the app will learn more about your interests and personalize your feed. Until then, you can help RAVN out by selecting the events you’re interested in under settings. You can choose from food, arts and culture, festivals, family, concerts, and nightlife.

One thing that kind of confused me is the app’s terminology: “Want it” and “Wish list” make me think of a shopping app rather than an event discovery engine. Of course, I’m probably over thinking this. I ran into a couple other challenges. Sometimes I had to put more effort into flicking while browsing the events slide. It was more of a touch and drag motion than a simple flick. The app would also log me out randomly, but I only noticed this after clicking on Want it, for example, and then being redirected to the login screen — kind of a pain.

It definitely has a few kinks to work out, but overall, RAVN is a pretty slick app. Although, if you’re searching for a specific event, this app might not be for you as it doesn’t have a search field (it’s all about discovery, remember?).

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