The new app reflects the needs of both
existing and frequent users of this local
currency, as well as visitors to the area
who are curious about the concept and how
Its core feature is an interactive map,
which allows visitors and locals to
explore the businesses around them, filter
by business type, or find Bristol Pound
cashpoints. For frequent users, it
supports PIN unlocking and rapid
transactions at the point of sale.
The application was built on top of the
Cyclos banking platform, using their open
REST APIs. The mobile app was built using
React Native, a high-profile
Facebook-backed project, allowing the
creation of a native-quality app for both
iOS and Android from the same code-base.
In keeping with the spirit of this
project, the team decided to open source
the mobile app on the GitLab platform, in
order to benefit other similar currencies
and the wider developer community.