Mapify – Your Trip Planner - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

The Mapify team started out with a team of 5 founders - 3 of which were developers prior to starting the company. Therefore, we had a very powerful in-house development team to attend to Mapify's infrastructure needs.

Further down the line, we started onboarding new developers to the company, from all sorts of backgrounds and different know-how. This is why Mapify has excelled at the speed of quality of their web and app features.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The most challenging part of developing the Mapify was the lack of resources we had at the beginning - mainly space constraints at the first Mapify HQ. At the early stage of the company, the founding team was working and living together 24/7 in a small apartment in Berlin, in order to cut costs as much as possible to invest the money in what was truly needed (e.g. infrastructure costs).

This situation lasted for quite some time, until finally we opened our new Mapify HQ office in 2019, this time with enough space for board meetings and a comfortable working environment for a team of about 50 members.

"Our vision is to enable the world to experience the world. We believe that by building an end-to-end travel customer experience that unites inspiration, travel planning and documentation all in one, we can change the way people travel for the better. Following the values of simplicity, aesthetics and honesty while connecting deeply with the people and the world around us, Mapify aims to be a companion on every step of the journey."

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

We really like accomodation apps such as HomeToGo, the biggest marketplace for accommodations worldwide. They are the perfect complementary app to Mapify, as users can get inspired for their travels on Mapify and then head to our partner HomeToGo for booking their preferred accommodation in the country or region.

How long have you been working on this app?

Mapify started back in 2016, founded by 5 young entrepreneurs from Germany - all with different skill sets but sharing the common vision of creating an end-to-end travel platform.

Since then, we have gone through many phases, and have acquired a worldwide user base actively sharing their trips in the form of "Spots" and "Journals" with the Mapify community.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We started the idea of Mapify after acknowledging the lack of a full end-to-end travel platform in the sector. There was no app out there that provided high-quality community-lead inspiration and information regarding traveling.

Instead, people had to confront many pain points in their travel planning process, such as reading through travel blogs, marking their favorite places on a map, finding out extra information about their destinations, etc.

Mapify simplifies it all and offers a simple, dynamic and visual way to source inspiration for your upcoming trips.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

Mapify differs itself from the competition by offering the most complete of the services. Nowadays, there are many apps that solve parts of the travel inspiration process - but none that cover all of them. Instead of only focusing on content, or only on bucket lists, or only on travel documentation, Mapify encompases all of them, in one single platform.

Other than that, we have the highest travel content by far - accommodating a big variety of the best travel content creators in the industry. The quality photography in the Mapify feed, the sleek app design and the possibility to visualize your own trips in an interactive and dynamic way, is what users constantly highlight about the mapify app.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We have recently partnered up with HomeToGo, the accommodation platform with the biggest range of offers in the entire world! This has been a massive milestone for us and opens unimaginable doors for the brand and its community.

Working closely with HomeToGo on interlinking both platforms and using our combined expertise to close big industry-innovative projects, will be our main priority this upcoming year. This projects will offer our creators a huge range of benefits.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

We are always happy to see new members join the Mapify Family! If they enjoy the platform, we would highly appreciate it if they could recommend the app not only online and offline to their fellow travel buddies. This is an app that is better created together!

Mapify – Your Trip Planner

About App:
Mapify unites travel inspiration, travel planning and travel documentation all in one platform.

Get inspired by travelers from all over the world and create your own travel plan based on exceptional travel experiences of the Mapify Community.

Benefit from the suggestions of our smart algorithm, which will help you plan and book your trip based on your individual preferences.

Discover places and exciting destinations you've never seen before. Be inspired by other travelers who share their discoveries and insider tips with you.

Use Mapify to plan your next trip. Find all the travel information you need about transportation, nearby activities, accommodations and more. We will give you personal recommendations based on your interests and wishes.

Capture your travel experiences, including itinerary and photos in unique visualizations and share them with your friends and the community to remember them and inspire travelers worldwide.

Fill your individual scratchmap with places you've traveled!

Categories: Travel & Local

Date: September 16, 2022

Developer: Mapify UG

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