What’s Dishcover all about?
An augmented reality mobile application, which allows the user to select and explore one of the tasting tours we have designed, at their own pace; and travel through the history of the city bite by bite.. In other words, we offer the personalisation needed, a flavor journey, tailor made to the visitor, in terms of flexibility, price and curation.
Hmm… Could you tell us a little bit more about it?
Dishcover is a mobile app that provides self-guided tasting tour that the users can do at their own pace, without the time limitations/requirements of a guided tour at a price as low as one third of a conventional tour’s. With amazingly curated content and augmented reality technology the users travel through the history of a city bite by bite. Moreover, smart games and challenges allow the users to win exclusive offers and enhance their experience. The user just downloads the app and scan a barcode we provide to unlock the tasting tour they purchased and start.
What problem/issue are you trying to solve?
Traveling for the last years, we realized it was not easy to find a meaningful culinary experience. On the one hand, we would get lost in sites such as Tripadvisor, with numerous choices that often disappointed us. On the other hand, conventional tours might be too pricey, or superficial, or needed booking well in advance, or more often would not fit with our tight schedule. We, discovered that 95% of the culinary tourism offerings are conventional activities such as tours that address the needs of less than 50% of that kind of tourists, creating a considerable gap. We aim to redefine culinary tourism activities by aiming to a certain part of this and particularly tourists that need flexible, affordable culinary experiences, as part of their wider cultural experience.
What’s the solution provided by Dishcover?
A mobile app that allows the visitors to do the tour on their own pace, with 1/3 of a guided tour’s price and curated by experts on the field. For instance, there is no need to do a long, non-stop tour. Instead, the user can break the chosen tour’s stops based on their e.g. sightseeing schedule (still we recommend a way of conducting it). How it works:
– The users after purchasing their preferred tour from our website, receive a barcode.
– They download the app and scan the barcode to unlock the tour (and later on for verification from the stores).
– They visit the stops on the tour’s map and taste real products (incl. in the price).
– With AR, gamification and high-quality content, the history of the city is getting alive and the users can win offers/gifts, enhancing their experience.
When Dimitris started investing in the stock market at the age of 14, it seemed he would have a brilliant career in Finance. At 23, he was already working in private equity and later at the European Central Bank. However, his volunteering experience in the cultural field inspired him to realize that finance can be used to create sustainable models and address social issues, and he decided to explore this path, combining it with his passion for traveling and food.
Mia PapaCreative Director
Mia Papa, Founder and Creative Director of CURARCHITECT, is an international architect and designer with several years of professional experience working with developers and private clients throughout the UK, Austria, Greece and UAE. Her portfolio includes the design and management of a wide range of projects in multiple disciplines and locations. With the core of her spectrum gravitating around the field of architecture and cultural management, she maintains an interest in crossing the boundaries between disciplines.