Below is our recent interview with Christophe Le Bars from The Rouge Project:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to your company?
A: The Rouge Project is an Open Source software project like for example the Linux operating system, VLC video player, the Gimp photo editing tool or the Python programming language. It’s a community-driven project and the public and volunteers are empowered to make small and large changes to the code base, which leads to new features and quick and responsive bug fixes.
The project is currently working on two different software. The first is a blockchain protocol to solve the problem of securely transferring social and business credentials that works on all Ethereum-like chains. The second is “Rouge Ticket”, a web app to easily create and sell NFT tickets for any kind of event.
So if we are not properly a company, “Rouge Ticket” is clearly in direct competition with a great variety of commercial offers edited by companies. “Rouge Ticket” is actually a web user-facing front end of the underlying protocol.
Q: Any highlights on your recent announcement?
A: “Rouge Ticket” was released at the very end of the summer, on the 30th August, and user uptake was very quick. From the first hours after the initial announcement, people have been eager to use and experiment with NFT tickets. I think that after the 2021-early2022 fad of profile picture NFTs with little to zero utility except as a collectible, there is now a genuine curiosity to discover the real potential and real world uses of blockchain NFT technology (aka Non Fungible Token).
“Rouge Ticket” app is still very much beta and will evolve and improve enormously in the coming months, but the most common feedback we have received is how smooth and simple it is to use it. It’s base purpose is already 100% functional.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your offering?
A: Amongst the big advantages most often associated with NFT tickets when compared to traditional ticketing solutions is its immutable and fraud-proof history, but there is another one: The NFT can be seen not only as a time-limited access right but also as proof of attendance and, like the NFTs most people are familiar with, transferable collectible memorabilia that may be resold or exchanged.
Q: What can we expect from your company in next 6 months? What are your plans?
A: “Rouge Ticket” is only currently present on the Arbitrum Nova blockchain but we will expand soon and support more chains in the future, including the Ethereum mainnet.
About longer plans, the protocol can be leveraged in other ways than NFT tickets. It’s actually a whole family of credentials that can be treated like tickets by the protocol, with different app based applications. Credentials like vouchers or coupons are going to get specific dedicated apps. The expansion of its applications is theoretically endless.
Q: What is the best thing about your company that people might not know about?
A: Though the “Rouge Ticket” interface is English only at this time, we already have a strong user base internationally in places like China and Korea, and even many smaller but very active sub-communities, like for example in Poland. That’s the power of open source. You only need a few motivated volunteers in a country to spearhead usage and organic growth, without any investment or local marketing.