It can be a hassle to find AA meetings. First, you have to find the website for your area. If you're near a border, it might not be clear which website has the closest meetings. Sometimes the site, app or printed guide you're looking at is out of date. Or perhaps it's not even the 'official' list.
It's worse if you're traveling, because you probably have limited time, local knowledge, and transportation options. Once you find the right list, you might find it's in an unfamiliar format, and grouped by unfamiliar neighborhoods.
For newcomers, problems like this can be daunting when they use unclear terminology, such as meeting codes, that require prior knowledge of the program.
Sometimes these sites are not formatted properly for mobile devices, which is important. In San Jose, the local AA website gets twice as many visitors from handheld devices as it does from traditional PCs.
This project is an attempt to standardize this information so that it's always readily available on your device, up to date, and clearly and consistently formatted. Additionally, the apps provide tools such as easy links to driving directions and tools to share meetings by email or text message.
Meeting information changes constantly. Prior efforts failed when they tried to manage the data themselves or relied on crowdsourcing.
This system is different. Twice a day it updates its database by scanning the latest information from compatible official area websites. To read more about the process, see Get Connected.
This project was brought forth by a loose group of AA volunteers: a webmaster in San Jose, a tester near Philadelphia, a UI designer in New York City, and some others as well. We're not a formal organization yet, although we're considering becoming a nonprofit.
There are several ways you can help out!