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Omaha startup Tournology looking for beta testers

Omaha August 10, 2009 by Danny Schreiber Only 14 days until Big Omaha. Get your tickets before they sell out!

0811_TurnologyLast week, Zach Leatherman contacted me in search of beta testers for Tournology, a startup he, another Omahan, and a Linconite have been bootstrapping.

He describes Tournology as a tool to better involve and inform the players of any league, competition, or tournament. (Now, I understand why his bio on Twitter includes "Tournament Specialist.")

Here's their blog post about the beta release, and below it is a screencast of how one might use their webapp:

Beta Testers Wanted

Tired of not knowing where you stack up against your friends on your favorite game, activity, or bodily function? We can help you with that. At Tournology, we can help you coordinate or compete in any tournament, league, or competition. Here are some of the problems we’re just starting to solve:

  1. You’re coordinating a city-wide marathon and you want to use Tournology to allow your runners preregister and prepay online. Afterward, participants can log on to see the race results on their own customized profile and easily compare to previous races.
  2. You’re new to town and you love playing softball. How do you get involved in a local league? Go onto Tournology and we’ll show you all the leagues in your area.
  3. Or maybe you’re already playing in a local sand volleyball league. You’re out running an errand before the game, and it starts to rain. Is the next game canceled? If it is, when will it be rescheduled? The tournament manager can use Tournology to easily send an alert to your mobile phone, letting you know that the game is cancelled and when the rescheduled match will be.
  4. Perhaps you just want to get some people together for a friendly Poker game and want to use Tournology keep track of the winners from week to week, or maybe keep a running tally of chip totals.

We’re just starting to develop ideas about how Tournology can help you. How would you use it? We’d love to hear your feedback, not just about Tournology, but about any tournament experience you’ve had. What did you play? Was it poorly coordinated? How could the tournament have been improved?

If you want to check out the chunk of work we’ve already completed, we invite you to head on over to tournology.com and become a Beta Tester. Sign up for our (temporarily public) beta, try out what we have, and let us know what you think: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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This is awesome. I will definitely use this next year for our annual Brookings Summer Ultimate Frisbee tournament. I think perhaps those quick roommate tournament bets as well!

Aug 10, 2009 at 07:19 PM

I'm in as a BETA TESTER - TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

I am a very avid (does not mean good ;) tennis player and have been playing in the Ace Bandage Tennis League this year. That was my first experience with Web based management of tennis match results.

I'd be happy to share my thoughts and test the tool you are working on.

Aug 11, 2009 at 06:56 AM
Rob

@John: Awesome! It's good to have your support. Please let us know what we can do to make Tournology work the way you need it to for your Ultimate Frisbee tournaments. If you've got some ideas, feel free to add them to Uservoice. Thanks!

@Kevin: Since you come from a tennis background, you've probably got more experience with tennis leagues than us, and know what makes (or would make) awesome tournament software. Get in there and mock up some tournaments the way you'd organize one, and let us know through Uservoice what we need to add or improve.

We encourage anyone and everyone to get their hands dirty with Tournology's tournament creation while we've got the public beta open. The more ideas we have, the more we can work with and make the software great!

Aug 11, 2009 at 05:12 PM

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