It begins with a chipped tooth...
Last Christmas, whilst spending time in Glasgow to visit my cousin, we decided to head out to a club for drinks as young people do. The night was an alcohol fueled, hilarious few hours. The club was amazing! So many beautiful people, we met strangers and socialised and all in all it was just a great night. Leaving the club I couldn't have the thought the night would end any better. It didn't.
As I walked away from the club I heard shouting behind me, as I turned to identify the source of the noise despite my drowsy state, I realised it was directed at me. The man was shouting "N****", a derogatory racist term. I was assaulted and in the process chipped a tooth on the concrete, bust open an eyebrow and could barely walk my knee was in so much pain. Whilst recovering I began to think about just how many people suffer similar circumstances in nightclubs worldwide...
Sexual harassment, racist attacks, drunk fights, spiked drinks... the more I thought about it the more issues there were that weren't being tackled in the best possible manner. A manner that prevents this from happening again. So I decided to work one out and after almost two months of hardcore thinking non-stop, I founded the idea of Nyt Lyf.
It is an app that works in two ways. The Nyt Lyf Venue app and the Nyt Lyf app for consumers. Every party goer would upload their photo id and create a verified profile. Each profile will also have a rating system. Every time you go to a participating Nyt Lyf club (A club with their version of the app) and cause no trouble, an automatic 5 stars will be allocated to your profile. On top of that, users will be able to rack up points which can be exchanged for rewards such as free VIP and £50 drinks for a night.
For the venues security team, they will be able to scan each customer's unique barcode to check age as well as any previous misdemeanors. Anyone who has committed an offence will be given a lower rating in accordance with the seriousness of the offence which will be recorded on a database that all participating Nyt Lyf clubs will have access to. Of course due to privacy concerns a users profile is only accessible when scanning the users code upon entry of the club.
Customers can equally rate the club in various categories; safety, hygiene, price etc...
If a user's rating falls below a defined rating, say 3 Stars then restrictions will be put in place. For instance sexual harassment would constitute toward a 1 star rating and would be banned for 3 months from all participating clubs. A drunk who simply makes a mess of himself would be given a 4 star rating and would be careful not to let things get out of hand the next time he goes to the club, avoiding the consequences of a bad rating. Some offences will lead to automatic suspension or permanent ban due to their seriousness despite previous ratings.
Users will be guaranteed a safe space in all of the participating Nyt Lyf clubs/venues/gigs/events and get rewarded for having a good time! Clubs will be able to have a self regulatory system that inhibits the need for police intervention. If clubs and gigs can stop the trouble at the door it means less shutdowns and clubs closing, meaning they are able to stay open for later and so a larger profit margin for them. Police can dedicate more of their resources to other serious emergencies, parents can feel at ease no matter which club their 20-something goes to, and the community becomes a safer environment for all!
I urge you please make this dream a reality for us all who care for the safety of all those who want to enjoy their nyt lyf.