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Firechat for PAXPrime

tessel8tessel8 Registered User regular
As most PAXprime folks know, cell service at PAX is pretty bad, between poor reception and overloaded towers. There have been some attempts at WiFi, but that hasn't seemed to work out too well in my experience. However, lots of PAX information is transmitted through Twitter and such (official_pax and lines), but it spotty at best to get.

I am wondering if a tech-savvy crowd like PAX might be the place to really give a peer-2-peer messaging client like FireChat a spin. It doesn't rely on a Wifi or Cell connection, just p2p between all the users of the app. With the density of smart devices at PAX, it would seem that you could create a quite robust adhoc, p2p network with Firechat to be able to communicate. For anyone that wants to try it, I just created a channel called "PAXprime". Feel free to join

If this worked, it would be pretty cool if the twitter post on the official PAX twitters could be posted / reflected in a FireChat channel (probably named the same thing). Posting it here for consideration by the organizers.

One could also see maybe encouraging the exhibitors and advertisers to communicate their drawing announcements, demos, competitions, and special events at their booths through firechat or a specific firechat channel.

I have no connection to the Firechat or Open Garden peeps. Just making a public service post for what look like a interesting way to improve the PAX experience.

Get Firechat here:



  • MizuRyuuMizuRyuu Registered User regular
    The more I think about this, the more I think this is a great idea if we can get a critical mass of people using this app... It would certainly help the people who come from abroad that doesn't have data access anyway.

  • ZombicusZombicus Registered User regular
    edited August 2014
    This seems like it'll be very handy for those times when you're getting zero cell service and need to contact a buddy. I'll definitely be giving this a try. The reviews don't look too great on the App Store, but it's mostly people moaning about having to create an account.

    Looking forward to seeing how well this works.

    Zombicus on
    Prime Presence: 08, 09, 10, 12, 13, 14 | Heading to Prime 2015!
  • banghibanghi luddite... CascadiaRegistered User regular
    willing to give this a shot... will see how it goes.

  • tessel8tessel8 Registered User regular
    Yeah... it seems like a good option for something like PAX if there are enough users to complete a mesh for most of the areas. If we could get some of the folks in the exhibition hall and other key areas (like up and down the escalators where the board games are, etc) to run the app, then we would have static mesh points.

  • umbra197umbra197 Registered User regular
    I'd be up for it. I'd been reading about firechat today and it looks to be a good alternative if we can get enough people onboard.

  • MagmarosMagmaros Registered User regular
    no WP8.1 version :/

  • GeeCeeGeeCee Registered User regular
    What does this actually use, a mesh of ad-hoc wifi?

  • tessel8tessel8 Registered User regular
    It seems to vary depending on iOS vs Android. According to this TechCrunch article, the iOS version uses a multi-mesh capability built into the newer releases of iOS

    Not sure how they do it on android. May have their own adhoc WiFi agent.

    If you have net connectivity, it will use it.

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