Fancy a wake up call from a stranger half way across the world?

  • PopPress
  • November 28, 2014
  • StopPress Team
Fancy a wake up call from a stranger half way across the world?

The free Wakie app works by getting users to set an alarm via the app and then connecting them with other random users via a phone call which could come from over 80 counties around the world in various languages. 

The calls work over Wifi or  mobile networks if Wifi isn't available.  No numbers are shared between users, and as each call is only 60 seconds there’s hardly any space for awkward conversations and goodbyes. 

If there is no one to wake you up then the app reverts to your dull everyday app alarm clock.

Wakie has cultivated a strong international following with 1.5 million users and reports of just over 30 million wake up calls having been made so far.

The app is available for download on Google Play, Windows Phone store and the Apple app store.

This idea of connecting strangers through technology for a shared purpose has been done before in other realms. FCB Brazil did something similar with the "Speaking Exchange" project for CNA language schools. As seen in the video below, young Brazilians and older Americans were connected through online video chats,  developing the Brazilians language skills but at the same time developing meaningful relationships for both parties.

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