Andre Hui and Ian Fung are the co-founders of POKEGUIDE, a convenience app that that tells you which train door to stand by, depending on your destination — plus things to do near where you’re headed.
Along with co-founder Brian Hui, they met in high school. Andre was previously in product design and marketing, while Ian worked as a full-stack developer at a bank and several IT companies.
The idea came because “guys are always late,” Andre says. “In order to rush [to our destination] and get there on time, we would memorize car-door combinations.”
“When smartphones became widely adopted, we found this to be a great chance for users to find this information easily. That’s why we decided to go for it.”
The founders spent three years collecting metro car-door data in Hong Kong, as well as in over 10 of the busiest cities in the world — by walking through escalators, stairs and lifts from station to station. The demo version was launched in August 2015 and the app is currently available in Hong Kong, with more cities soon to come.