Students develop website to help party-goers beat nightclub queue blues

PIC: PA
PIC: PA
0
Have your say

Students have developed a website to help party-goers beat long queues for nightclubs.

The queue tracker site, named QTRKR, gives real-time updates on waiting times and shows which venues have the shortest queues.

Developers say it helps clubbers avoid hours of queuing, assists nightclubs in controlling crowds and gives real-time ticket availability.

The technology, developed by students at the University of Exeter, has been trialled with 1,500 clubbers who used it to plan nights out.

A free app version of the mobile-friendly website is now being developed, with plans to roll it out in cities across the country.

Shaan Mangat, a student from north London, invented the website with his two housemates Mark Berrow and Rhys Bennett.

The three students developed it on their kitchen table with funding from the university’s scheme to support startups.

“During my first year at university I saw students calling up friends in queues, making posts on social media and even ringing taxi companies for information on queues,” the politics student, 20, said.

“I saw that students were really keen for this information, so we tried to help them by working with nightclubs to give them real time information about how long they’d have to wait.”

The website was trialled with eight nightclubs in Exeter, Devon, during the summer and was used by 700 people in two weeks.

A further 800 students used it during Freshers’ Week. The site uses regular updates from staff in clubs on queue length.

When a staff member updates QTRKR, their venue is listed first on the website. Clubs that have not updated for two hours are moved to the bottom of the list.

Brian Philips, who runs the Move nightclub in Exeter, said: “Since we’ve been using the app, it staggers when people come to us, so that helps our security get people into the club in a more organised fashion.

“It’s also very beneficial when we are quiet, as we can advertise no queues and an influx of people will come down.”

An app for QTRKR is now being developed and Mr Mangat aims to use it for theatres, live music events and football stadium queues.

Members of the public are being warned about about rogue websites advertising fake premium rate numbers for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' cruelty line.

SCAM ALERT: People warned of fake RSPCA websites advertising premium rate numbers