To connect all parties in the RC industry and hobby to create new and greater values for everybody.
By using modern technologies we can grow the industry and make it more sustainable for companies and more enjoyable and engaging for individuals.
To build a data driven platform uniquely designed for the needs of the RC industry and all the players within it. The platform should be crowd sourced and open and rely on the community to build value and enforce quality. When connecting all the important aspects of the industry new values and insights will arise that hasn't been possible by generic platforms like social media or forums or niche solutions like event registration or time keeping systems.
The core principles of the platform are:
Create a holistic information model of the whole RC industry and community
Crowd sourced and open, powered by all, excluding none
Developed and driven by real needs, we understand the industry and people
Flexible and customizable to fit everyone, one size fits all doesn’t apply here
New services and features never seen before in RC powered by modern technology
We used to have forums that were specialized for different type of RC and regions of the world. We had print magazines where you could read reviews and browse the hobby shop ads. Then Facebook entered the scene and changed everything, both good and bad. We’re now in a situation where it’s hard to find structured information (forums were great for this) or every post is turned into a heated political or religious debate where the original question or comment is all forgotten. We have different providers of timekeeping platforms which are great during the event but what happens after the event with that data? How do I as a hobby shop owner reach customers, and the right customers? How do I find trusted information and reliable sources that can help me with a problem with my setup? How can a company reach out to all their customers even if they haven’t signed up for your Facebook page? How do I find the closest on-road track that is wheelchair accessible or how do I find the closest hobby shop that sells 1/8 off-road cars?
What we need is something that ties it all together, that is built for the specific needs of the RC community. What we need is the House of RC!
House of RC is built around six distinct entities; people, organizations, products, places, events and online resources. These all have specific attributes and types. For examples you have clubs, retailers and brands, they’re all different kind of organizations. We all have a different relationship with RC, some are pure hobbyists (this is the largest group), some racers, some call themselves fanatics and some even earn a paycheck and can call themselves professionals, but they’re all people.
Brands produce products (and individual can as well) and retailers (online or physical stores) sells them, but not in our platform (we don't want to change companies business models). We have different type of places, like tracks, fields, venues, lakes (for RC boat enthusiats). These can be owned by a retailer, club or organizer, but some are built and operated by individuals. Then you have race organizers that organizes big or small races and events. Events that produces results and achievements for the drivers. Permanent tracks might have a high score list of best lap times. But when you do a change of the layout you create a new version of the track and it should reset the lap times.
A racer can be part of a team or sponsored by a brand, but can also be a member of a club. The club need to keep track of it’s members and if they have paid their club or track fees. They need something to track all transactions and help them with managing their members.
These things are all physical things in the real world but the sixth entity is online resources. These point to all the things that already exists on the web today, could be forums, Facebook pages, podcasts, manufacturers sites, online stores, You Tube videos, setup sheets anything that can be represented with a link. These can then be tagged with attributes and collected in lists so that we help each other find these resources that today are scattered around the internet, why not a list for all RC podcasts?
We have a long list of features we would like to do, but we're holding of on sharing some of them. Maybe you have a specific feature you would like to see?
Nothing in the market provides all these features in one single coherent solution where the value increases exponentially. Because when you connect all these things together you can start doing some really interesting things with the data. You can create dashboards and graphs to visualize the performance of a brand in the market, or how many cars each fanatic owns, or what tire is most common on carpet tracks, or how many people owns a large scale car in Sweden, or how many members do regularly drive at the track, or how big is the reachable market of hobbyists for a new product I want to sell. The type of analysis you can do once you have all data in one place is only limited by your imagination.
Does this sound like it's better than taking out your RC ride on a sunny day? Actually, nothing is better than that, but the next best thing? Lets make this even better, because who is going to own all this data? You own it, the community owns it. We will provide an open APIs for anyone to download the connected RC graph so you can do custom queries and reports in Excel or wherever. But it will only be as good as the amount and quality of data we can collect, that's why the platform is open and free for everyone. And just like Wikipedia we will have a system where everybody can contribute and enter their favorite clubs, products and companies. We will have moderators making sure the data is correct and we have no duplicates. Some specific features for clubs, shops or manufacturers might be offered thru a subscription service in the future but mostly this will be financed by the community via crowdfunding and ads.