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December 22, 2023

2 min read

Making The Privacy-First Family Calendar App in 2023

2 min read

Seamless Calendar Sharing and Communication for Families, Couples, and Groups

As we head into the holiday season and 2023 draws to a close, we’re feeling reflective. It’s been a fantastic year at OurCal and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve so many exciting milestones without you, our community. Here's our highlights.

Privacy Still Matters

2023 was a year where consumers have prioritised their online privacy more than ever before, with 75% of adults feeling that tech companies have too much control over their data. That’s a stomach-sinking statistic: the public has lost trust in big tech.

Unfortunately, these feelings aren’t surprising. With 72.6% of iOS apps tracking private user data, and an average of 4.8 data breaches per day affecting home addresses, bank account numbers, and medical histories, consumers are taking action to protect themselves.

It’s been really rewarding to finally bring OurCal to those seeking a privacy-first solution for sharing a calendar with their loved ones, from couples to families, and social groups.

Your calendar in OurCal is armoured with certified end-to-end encryption, protecting the data in your calendar from unauthorised third-party access. This keeps all the data in your calendar - locations, appointments, and timings - and details of your home and family - such as when your home is empty, and where your family are - completely secure. It works by default and can never be turned off.

New Features

This year, we not only launched the app, but also introduced several new features. Here are our team’s picks of their favourite features we've released this year:

Our natural language event creation is something I'm particularly proud of. It makes creating an event far quicker and less fiddly - you simply type the event details and OurCal inputs everything into the form for you. Combine this with another feature we recently launched, import events, and it makes getting all your events - old and new - into OurCal, effortless.

Ryan, Founder and CEO

Natural Language Event Creation

I love the integrated chat feature. When my girlfriend adds or updates an event, I can easily respond, and it makes us feel more connected. We both travel a lot and have busy schedules, so being able to organise our plans in a calendar with built-in chat makes staying connected so much easier.

Ken, Lead Mobile Engineer

Event Thread Chat

For me, it’s all about improved communication between me and my family. We all know what’s on everyone’s schedule and I’m no longer missing changes in my calendar. This used to create a lot of miscommunication, and that’s not a problem anymore.

Imi, Head of Product Marketing

Shared Calendar

Growing Our Community

Families, couples, and groups all around the world have started using OurCal to easily share calendars securely. During this time, we’ve received more than 150 5-star reviews across the App Store and Google Play. It's wonderful to see our community enjoying the app! Thank you to everyone who has contacted us with feedback. You can always reach our team at hi@ourcal.com to share your feedback, questions, or ideas.

On The Horizon

We’ll be introducing new features as early as the New Year.

Here are the areas we are focusing on for improvement and innovation:

  • Making it easy to assign one, or a few people, to an event ✅

  • Getting up-to-date with changes as quickly as possible 🔔

  • Reacting and responding to updates in your calendar 💬

You can suggest an idea anytime on our public roadmap.

See You In 2024

It's time for us to sign off - aka. eat way too much, play far too many games, and fall into many a slumber on the sofa. We're really excited to be back in the New Year.

In the meantime, it's the busiest season for families and couples, and communication can be hard. There's never been a better time to recommend OurCal to someone in your life. The app is available - free - on iOS and Android.

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Published on

Dec 20, 2023

2 min read

Making The Privacy-First Family Calendar App in 2023

Seamless Calendar Sharing and Communication for Families, Couples, and Groups

As we head into the holiday season and 2023 draws to a close, we’re feeling reflective. It’s been a fantastic year at OurCal and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve so many exciting milestones without you, our community. Here's our highlights.

Privacy Still Matters

2023 was a year where consumers have prioritised their online privacy more than ever before, with 75% of adults feeling that tech companies have too much control over their data. That’s a stomach-sinking statistic: the public has lost trust in big tech.

Unfortunately, these feelings aren’t surprising. With 72.6% of iOS apps tracking private user data, and an average of 4.8 data breaches per day affecting home addresses, bank account numbers, and medical histories, consumers are taking action to protect themselves.

It’s been really rewarding to finally bring OurCal to those seeking a privacy-first solution for sharing a calendar with their loved ones, from couples to families, and social groups.

Your calendar in OurCal is armoured with certified end-to-end encryption, protecting the data in your calendar from unauthorised third-party access. This keeps all the data in your calendar - locations, appointments, and timings - and details of your home and family - such as when your home is empty, and where your family are - completely secure. It works by default and can never be turned off.

New Features

This year, we not only launched the app, but also introduced several new features. Here are our team’s picks of their favourite features we've released this year:

Our natural language event creation is something I'm particularly proud of. It makes creating an event far quicker and less fiddly - you simply type the event details and OurCal inputs everything into the form for you. Combine this with another feature we recently launched, import events, and it makes getting all your events - old and new - into OurCal, effortless.

Ryan, Founder and CEO

Natural Language Event Creation

I love the integrated chat feature. When my girlfriend adds or updates an event, I can easily respond, and it makes us feel more connected. We both travel a lot and have busy schedules, so being able to organise our plans in a calendar with built-in chat makes staying connected so much easier.

Ken, Lead Mobile Engineer

Event Thread Chat

For me, it’s all about improved communication between me and my family. We all know what’s on everyone’s schedule and I’m no longer missing changes in my calendar. This used to create a lot of miscommunication, and that’s not a problem anymore.

Imi, Head of Product Marketing

Shared Calendar

Growing Our Community

Families, couples, and groups all around the world have started using OurCal to easily share calendars securely. During this time, we’ve received more than 150 5-star reviews across the App Store and Google Play. It's wonderful to see our community enjoying the app! Thank you to everyone who has contacted us with feedback. You can always reach our team at hi@ourcal.com to share your feedback, questions, or ideas.

On The Horizon

We’ll be introducing new features as early as the New Year.

Here are the areas we are focusing on for improvement and innovation:

  • Making it easy to assign one, or a few people, to an event ✅

  • Getting up-to-date with changes as quickly as possible 🔔

  • Reacting and responding to updates in your calendar 💬

You can suggest an idea anytime on our public roadmap.

See You In 2024

It's time for us to sign off - aka. eat way too much, play far too many games, and fall into many a slumber on the sofa. We're really excited to be back in the New Year.

In the meantime, it's the busiest season for families and couples, and communication can be hard. There's never been a better time to recommend OurCal to someone in your life. The app is available - free - on iOS and Android.

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