By connecting people to their neighbors we can cultivate a stronger sense of community and unity.

The 21st Century Community Development App

Hangouts creates and strengthens communities by connecting neighbors to one another through shared interests.Whether you're new to DC or just looking to meet more people in your area, Hangouts provides a simple way to link up, same-day.

What sets Hangouts apart

The Ability to Make Instant Plans: We recognize that there is a need to connect people for spur-of-the-moment gatherings and activities. While sites like Facebook and Meetup offer users the ability to create and join future events, Hangouts is the only app that allows users to create same-day events in real-time, which we conveniently call "Hangouts."

No More Swiping on Pictures to Make Friends: We're also different from other friend-making apps like Bumble BFF because we are the only friend-making app that is not profile based. People find it very uncomfortable to swipe on pictures while looking for potential friends, so we set out to create a solution to that problem.

Zero Tolerance for Flirting: Hangouts is a strictly platonic friend-making app. Flirting or sexual advances are taken very seriously. Users are encouraged to report people and those who misuse the app will be quickly banned.

“We have all known the long loneliness, and we have found that the answer is community.”

Why we created Hangouts Social

It seems that over the past few years society has grown more polarized. People are growing further apart, and our sense of community has been fading. Most of us don't know our neighbors, and that is not a good thing.

Whether polarizing politics or increased technology and social media use is to blame, we know one thing is true: the rate of isolation and loneliness has been steadily increasing at an alarming rate.

Loneliness has mental health implications including increased anxiety, loss of sleep, depression. And believe it or not, loneliness also has serious implications for physical health, according to studies, causing damage to the body equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

“The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food.”

Community is the solution

Studies show that connection to our community is a primal necessity, and will improve mental and physical health significantly. No video game, video call, or phone call can compare to face-to-face, in person interactions. Research has shown that even little interactions throughout the day, such as a nod "hello" to a stranger or co-worker has major benefits for our wellbeing. These benefits are even greater when we connect with our immediate surroundings, our own neighborhood and community.

The benefits are also found at a national level. When we connect with strangers more often in-person, we learn that despite their differences, they are human just like us, and often we find we have more in common with strangers and the "other side" than we might think.