Spirit of Innovation Finalist Revolutionizes Waiting for a Table
Chattanooga is full of new ideas by business men and women who want to take the entrepreneurial world by storm. That's why we are highlighting the nominees for the Chattanooga area Chamber's Spirit of Innovation award. The first finalist is Quickcue.
Who would have thought that a Chattanooga app developer could help channel the most famous neighborhood bar in TV history, all with a tap on an iPad. “All of a sudden it makes you feel like you are going to Cheers, so everybody knows your name,” says Quickcue’s CEO Bo Ferger.
Quickcue is a Chattanooga idea put into practice in restaurants across the country. “It came out of the initial desire from the founder who said here's a problem I have while waiting with my family at a restaurant and I want to solve that problem, It just started there," says Director of Product Jackson Alexander.
It starts at the hostess stand, where diners give their cell phone number instead of picking up a pager. The app lets you wait wherever you want and when the time is right… “I just got a notification, check in with your host, your table is ready,” Alexander demonstrates.
Matt Newberry gives the app the capability to connect by creating computer code. He says, “There are, I believe, over a quarter of a million lines of code to keep the application running." Every click on his keyboard, makes an adjustment to the app, creating a tool that Quickcue's CEO says is so much more than a new way to wait. All while giving the hostess a host of information about returning guests.
“The whole idea of us being able to change the way you interact with them makes you want to go back to the restaurant,” Ferger say, “and that's the real win."
For more information on Quickcue, click here to visit their website.
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