By Walanya Vongsvirates
As a frequent concertgoer, University of Nevada, Reno junior Corey Soderberg has firsthand experience witnessing people get scammed by scalpers who sell them fake tickets. His friends had spent hundreds of dollars on Electric Daisy Carnival tickets, only to be denied entry to the concert.
According to ABC News, nearly 5 million people buy fake tickets each year. Soderberg’s friend’s experience fake tickets steered him into finding a solution for this problem.
“I just felt like there needed to be a way for people to have complete validation that the tickets they were buying were real,” Soderberg said. “I figured since no one had created a way for this to happen, I thought I could be the one to hopefully help this ongoing situation.”
Soderberg has been working on developing Chameleon, an app for Androids, since July and he said should launch in a few days.
According to Soderberg, he had no prior experience other than what he’s learned by majoring in information systems and minoring in entrepreneurship.
His determination to find a solution for the ticket scamming issue inspired him to learn more about developing a business on his own. Soderberg began his business by patenting the app idea and pitching it to companies to develop it. He chose Familiar Solutions, a web development company based out of Tucson, Arizona, to bring his app to life because they were able to do it at a cost effective price.
“It’s a great idea for an app that really should have been created sooner,” said Familiar Solutions developer Chase Yutzy. “Chameleon allows people the benefit of knowing that what they are purchasing is authentic. That’s going to save a lot of money and frustration.”
Soderberg worked with Familiar Solutions to create the database containing all valid tickets being sold and their barcode number.
In the Chameleon beta testing, a few participants tested the app to see if it could differentiate between authentic and inauthentic tickets. The beta testing showed no errors in validating tickets.
The app allows people to scan the barcode of their concert or event ticket, regardless of genre or venue, and instantly find out if it is authentic. Within moments of scanning the ticket, the app will respond with either “valid” or “invalid.”
After verifying the authenticity of the ticket, there is the option to share the successful experience with your social media networks, or to warn them of a scammer.
Senior Ross Poindexter said that he had the experience of purchasing fake tickets from a third party vendor for a concert.
“I wish Chameleon was around back then so I could check it on the spot,” Poindexter said. “I downloaded it and it’s so easy to use.”
Chameleon is currently transitioning to being available for download on the Google Play store.
Soderberg said the next big step for the app is making it compatible for the Apple iPhone. Aside from putting his own financial investments into the app, Soderberg is now raising money on his Tilt account to get the app on the iOS store as soon as possible.
“My ultimate goal for Chameleon is to be able to reach the world as a whole,” Soderberg said, “I want people all over to be able to have complete assurance when purchasing tickets from third party vendors.“
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