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ALMADEIRA:Take Madeira with You*

Updated: Mar 7

Almadeira: it's like teleporting to Madeira without the awkward airport security pat-downs. Miss the island vibes? Craving the sound of waves or the hustle-bustle of Funchal without leaving your couch? We've got you. This app is your personal sound portal to Madeira, because let's face it, sometimes your bank account says "staycation" louder than "vacation." Whether you need a backdrop for meditation, a sleep aid, or just want to pretend you're somewhere far, far away while in a boring meeting, Almadeira's got your back. Madeira in your pocket—because carrying an island around is way cooler than just your phone.

When our Erasmus+ adventure in Funchal was winding down, and the dreaded goodbye loomed over us like a hangover, our squad had a lightbulb moment. Why not keep Madeira close, even when miles apart? That's how Almadeira was born, out of a cocktail of nostalgia and genius. It wasn't just an app; it was our ticket back to the island, anytime we missed the sound of waves or the laughter on the streets.

Our team? Oh, we're the Avengers of app development, minus the capes. Geovana from Spain, our fearless leader, played a real-life game of 'Capture the Flag' to bring us together. If assembling a dream team was an Olympic sport, she'd bring home the gold. Aleksandra from Estonia, our marketing whiz, approved this app despite her phone's chronic memory issues—if she's saved space for Almadeira, you know it's a big deal. Kristijan from N.Macedonia, the IT guru, juggled his packed schedule to breathe life into our app, proving miracles happen when coffee meets code. Laura from Spain turned her watercolors into digital gold, crafting visuals that make you want to dive into the screen. Tornike from Georgia, the brainstorming storm, turned ideas into reality faster than you can say "Madeira." And Liana from Armenia? She's the glue that holds this dream team together, making sure Geovana's vision came to life. Together, we're more than just a team; we're a family that created a pocket-sized Madeira, so you never have to say goodbye.

Almadeira brings Madeira's essence right to your fingertips. It's simple: open the app and choose from a wide range of island sounds, from the soothing ocean and gentle wind to the vibrant life of markets and crowds. And we're excited to bring street musicians into the mix soon. Whether you need background noise for meditation, a soundtrack for your run, or just some white noise to focus, we've got you covered. Plus, there are both free and PRO options available for those wanting a little extra. Not just audio, we also offer stunning visuals from Madeira, letting you watch the ocean waves or bustling streets whenever you fancy. All of this, neatly packed in one place.

So there you have it, friends! Almadeira sprang to life as part of the ArtTechnoLab project, thanks to the ARTE.M association in Funchal, Madeira, with a little financial magic from the Erasmus+ program. From brainstorming sessions that turned into laugh riots to the countless hours behind screens, we've had a blast bringing a piece of Madeira to your phones. Here's to hoping our app brings you closer to Madeira, one sound at a time. Thanks for joining us on this journey; let's keep the island vibes alive together!

*PS: Our product was created as part of an experimental virtual art residency ART TECHNO LAB held in Madeira in February 2024 and is a simulation of an application. Our task was to learn how to create various digital products related to art, culture and heritage.

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