The Followbirds story

Hi there!

 

We would like to take a chance to shortly introduce ourselves and share our the Followbirds project story.

The Followbirds team is a multicultural team.  We are Barbara Pintar and Jordi Sabat, a Slovenian and Catalan living in the Algarve since 2013. Our professions are touching the areas of Fine Arts, Communication Design, and Computer Science. It’s a perfect combination for having our hands always “messy”. Our passion is playing volleyball and practicing the nature-related outdoor activities. Since we began to explore the beautiful landscapes of Algarve we also discovered a new type of tourism called birdwatching!

During academic years of Master of Communication Design for Tourism and Culture at University of Algarve we became closer with the term of birdwatching tourism. There slowly started growing the idea of creating a new communication design tool for nature touristic field. The final academic vision was captured in the thesis named Birdadvisor 360˚ – a digital support for birdwatching tourism in Algarve.

As Birdadvisor 360˚, the project was presented on several congresses, events and contests.
At the 9º Prémio Nacional Indústrias Criativas we’ve been selected among the top 10 finalists out of 267 projects. At Ideias em Caixa 2016 we’ve been selected among the 15 winners of this prestigious contest.

After this wonderful period of learning and maturing, alongside the support of CRIA – the Division of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer of the University of Algarve, helped us develop our project even further.

At that point we decided to give Birdadvisor 360˚ a new name and a fresh look, and in the end of 2017 we create the brand name Followbirds!

Our objectives

Without a doubt, the Algarve is one of the best regions in Portugal for birdwatching and for nature tourism. Considering this, we’ve developed the sleek and multifaceted Followbirds app with our eyes set on the preservation of the Algarve’s beautiful natural landscapes.

The app diversifies the nature-touristic offer in Algarve and enhance the user experience on the field. Followbirds is a birdwatching field guide that includes high-quality bird information and bird photos, distinct walking routes, and a 360˚ view of specific suggested areas for nature enthusiasts to explore. It is the perfect digital companion to discover the Algarve´s outdoors and the varied bird life that inhabits this sunny expanse.

 

We hope you will enjoy it and… Thank you to be part of Followbirds story!

Barbara and Jordi
Followbirds team