Enye is the name of the innovative app developed by Philadelphia-based technology professionals Kevin Chemidlin and Jacob Jordan. The app is currently available on iTunes, and it’s usability reminds us of Pokémon Go, the popular game app developed by Niantic. But, instead of looking for pokemons, Enye lets you search around for digital piñatas, which are dropped by other users. You have to walk to the piñata to find out what’s inside, and the contents range from bar recommendations, event happening in the area or even a mural hidden off a side street.
The creators, Kevin Chemidlin and Jacob Jordan came up with the idea for the app last year. In an interview with PhillyVoice, Chemidlin explained how the app works, recent updates and plans for the future of Enye, which currently has about 200 users and is available for iOS devices. Read below some of the highlights of this interview!
Keeping it as brief as possible, without short-selling it, could you summarize what your app does?
Enye is a new social media platform that lets you drop digital piñatas onto the map. Whether you drop a piñata for your friends, for your followers or for the general public, it can only be opened at the location it was dropped. The contents of the piñata could be anything and can connect you with the story of that location: what is happening, has happened or will happen at that very spot!
Some of the piñata ideas our users have already had include scavenger hunts, time-machine piñatas, pop-up musical performances, a map of a user’s favorite restaurants and even just “Hey, I’m here having a beer, come join!” There are more whimsical ones too – you never know what you’ll find!
The description kind of reminds me of Pokémon Go but with real-life experiences as the prizes, no?
Yes, it’s very similar! It’s very much like Pokémon Go, but the PokeStops change every day, and the content is actually made by people, not algorithms. And, you choose who to follow, so you get a customized view, rather than Pokémon Go, where everybody sees the same thing. One of our users told us that he now kills time by walking around opening piñatas with friends – I don’t know about you, but that’s how I used to use Pokémon Go!
Another big differentiator here between Pokémon Go and other map-based apps is the user profiles. You can create a map of piñatas for anything you want, build a following and discover amazing things around you from the profiles you follow.
How’d you come up with the idea?
Jacob and I met at a networking event last summer, and we talked about how we have such a passion for sharing experiences. Jacob is a big-time traveler and foodie, and I am a huge Philly nerd. We wanted a platform to be able to show off the when and where of all our favorite things. At the same time, every time we stumbled upon some hidden gem or event while wandering the city, we couldn’t help but think about how many hundreds of amazing things we’ve missed just because we walked down the wrong street! We took these passions, were inspired by the pure joy and celebration culture surrounding piñatas, and enye was born.