Touritz allows local historians and tour guides to create and upload walking tours and videos. They can be reviewed and recommended by other members, and downloaded to mobile devices.
We're taking the old-school walking tours, guidebooks, and pamphlets and transforming them into a better tour experience. Tours can be free, or sold through our app store (so if you do a walking tour of London for 15 euros, you can offer the tour on Touritz for a fraction of the cost).
Later on, we'll look to incorporate augmented reality technology (like google glass) to make the tours into a totally immersive experience. Imagine walking onto a historic battlefield, and seeing the past jump out at you.
We want to reinvent how tours are experienced.
Steve Oldfield (pictured right) is an award-winning broadcast journalist who has worked as a host, reporter and producer in a variety of markets, from Miami to Denver. Oldfield is a graduate of The Covington Latin School and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He teaches at the University of Cincinnati and mentors students in a high school photography club. Oldfield is finishing up his Master's of Public History degree from Northern Kentucky University where he has collaborated on projects with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, The Betts House and Historic New Richmond, Inc. Steve's work has taken him from the Australian Outback to the beaches of South Africa.
Sean Thomas's (pictured left) work as a videographer and editor has taken him from Munich to Washington D.C., where he covered Capitol Hill for the U.S. Army, along with working as a cameraman for the funeral of President Reagan. Thomas created the concept for Instant Access Tours as part of his Capstone Project for the Master's of Public History degree from Northern Kentucky University. He directed a documentary on Speers Hospital and he is overseeing a long-term project on the Underground Railroad in New Richmond, Ohio and surrounding communities.