nonBored: The NonHard Way to Post and Find Events

July 19, 2011

11:30 am

Today, event organizers can publicize their events by handing flyers to uninterested pedestrians, paying a fee for, or juggling accounts on a handful of social media sites. Or they can use, a free platform for posting and searching public events anywhere in the world.

Organizers simply input basic information like time and location, phone number, and cost, and events appear on the site immediately. NonBored features no daily deals, ticket sales, or recommendations – just an interactive map and the ability to share on social media. Lest you think nonBored is, well, boring, its site assures visitors that “ is purposefully simple”: simple to register, post, and search.

“NonBored serves everyone who’s looking for really great things to do,” says Dan Carmody, who founded the startup in April. Events range from country western dancing to free health screenings to our Tech Cocktail Chicago birthday bash on Thursday night, where nonBored will be showcased. A sports fan with a background in finance, Carmody recalls using nonBored to find a Wrigleyville block party that even he hadn’t known about.

NonBored is similar to DC’s Spontaneous, which we covered previously. But since it is based in Chicago, many of the posted events take place there (73 as of this writing), with only a smattering in other cities. While nonBored’s current features will remain free, Carmody says, he plans to start charging for “some bells and whistles” for event advertisers.

Stop by our birthday bash Thursday night to hear more from nonBored and the other startups demoing there.


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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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