Social-Planning App Bridges Local Events with Mobile Devices

[] San Francisco, California – ZookCity, a social-planning app created by a San Francisco-based startup co-founded by Michiel van der Vlugt and Clara Ko, officially launched in the iTunes store this week. ZookCity is designed as a tool used to connect with friends in real life. Users browse through local businesses and events, plan meet-ups, and invite guests with the help of Facebook, email and phone contact syncing.

“We wanted to create an event planner that enables you to take full advantage of your mobile phone, using your phone’s contacts, geolocation, direction/map capabilities, and calendar, to provide a completely integrated experience in event planning,” says Michiel van der Vlugt, CEO of ZookCity.

With its mobile-locating technology, ZookCity displays all local happenings and events in the user’s area. Using the app to discover nearby restaurants, sports events, shopping, theater shows, concerts and much more, ZookCity has now made it easier than ever for the public to get to know a city they may not be familiar with, and plan activities with their friends. Unlike Facebook events, ZookCity enables invitations to go out by SMS or email, as well as Facebook, because not everyone’s friends are on Facebook, or want to be reached via Facebook. Guests can RSVP to events they’re invited to, even if they don’t have the app, by following a link to the ZookCity website. Group messaging, and photo-posting also serve as key features for sharing memories from the events.

“We noticed that many planning apps out there are only focused on planning, but we wanted to do more – we wanted to provide ideas for things to do, like event listings and ticket options for concerts, sporting events, and theater performances. We also wanted to enable last minute or impromptu meetings by making it very easy and fast to create an event at your current or a nearby location and get a quick response from your friends,” says Clara Ko, Chief Product Officer of ZookCity.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 14.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
ZookCity 4.5 is Free and available (US and Canada as well as in select countries internationally) through the App Store in the Lifestyle category. An Android version is in the works and will be available soon. For more information, visit ZookCity online.ZookCity 4.5
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ZookCity is founded by Michiel van der Vlugt and Clara Ko. Michiel van der Vlugt holds a degree in computer science and a MBA at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. With a background in IT Operations, where he managed a team responsible for business-critical applications in an energy firm, Michiel gives unique insight in how to make software that is reliable and maintainable. As the CEO, he oversees the day-to-day business for ZookCity and is fully involved with the creation and design of the app. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 Michiel van der Vlugt and Clara Ko. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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