We craft digital experiences that spark joy

Calibrate designs and builds websites, dashboards, mobile apps, and enterprise tools in a cost effective and scalable manner. We use our decades of experience as developers and entrepreneurs to provide strategic insight, which help companies generate incremental revenue and achieve greater efficiencies. 

Some of our core competencies around apps and websites include: payments, eCommerce solutions, scheduling, photos/video management, streaming content, and much more. 

$50 - $99 / hr
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Chicago, IL
  • 20 N/ Wacker Drive #3710
    Chicago, IL 60606
    United States
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Mobile App Dev for Recreational Lifestyle Company

"We didn’t have to go back and forth on the app’s design because they nailed it on the first try."

Willing to refer: 
The Project
$50,000 to $199,999
Sept. 2018 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

Calibrate developed Android and iOS gaming and advertising applications for the cannabis industry. They created all of the UI/UX designs, implemented payment integrations, and introduced special features.

The Reviewer
1-10 Employees
Collin Hanks
Co-Founder, MJ.com & 420 Trivia
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Calibrate met all deadlines and successfully delivered a practical application that has received promising feedback from industry executives about the product’s marketability. The team’s design abilities are a particular strength, and their responsiveness adds another level of customer service.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.


Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am a co-founder of 420 Trivia and MJ.com.


What challenge were you trying to address with Calibrate?

My co-founders and I wanted to introduce an advertising platform for the cannabis space because the industry is so heavily regulated on social media and in other traditional forms of advertising. We engaged Calibrate to develop our application—called 420 Trivia.


What was the scope of their involvement?

When we first met with Calibrate, we only had the initial concept, so we relied on their team to fill in the technical gaps. Calibrate made all of the UI/UX designs from scratch. They came up with three different versions, and we tweaked our favorite until we arrived at our final design. Once the design was in place, Calibrate developed Android and iOS versions.

Our application offers several games that allow users to win money and prizes. Calibrate was instrumental in determining how we could create interactive, live games and non-live games. Similarly, they configured the application so that it did not kick users out or experience lag time when many users are on the app at once—a problem that has plagued other trivia and game apps.

One feature we are particularly excited about is a VIP game room where users can pay to play in games hosted by celebrities. In those cases, we cap the number of winners at anywhere from 3–10 depending on the number of entries. Unlike other trivia games that have thousands of winners earn small amounts of money, for example, we wanted to ensure that our winners received much larger sums. We leaned on Calibrate’s experience to determine how we could do that, not only from a legal standpoint but also from a payment transaction perspective. To facilitate payments through the app, Calibrate included integrations with PayPal and other methods.

What is the team composition?

I had two primary points of contact.

How did you come to work with Calibrate?

I learned of Calibrate through a recommendation from another member of the Young Entrepreneur Council I participate in. I arranged a meeting with Calibrate’s team and was impressed by how quickly they could come up with solutions.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $80,000–$95,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement spanned September 2018–March 2019. The project is complete, but we haven’t launched yet because we have recently introduced MJ.com. We want a one- or two-month focus on the website before we launch the application.


What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We’ve received feedback from executives in various industries that our product will have value and relevance among musical artists and cannabis brands.  

How did Calibrate perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team was available at all hours. In fact, because they have been so responsive, we've asked them to maintain our servers. During the development process, we received weekly reports that updated every line item of the project and predicted times to complete each task.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We didn’t have to go back and forth on the app’s design because they nailed it on the first try. They delivered exactly what we envisioned and discussed. That was pretty impressive because I’ve known the design process to sometimes take 6–8 weeks.

Are there any areas they could improve?

As their team grows, I’m hopeful that they can add more resources to their staff. There were times when we hoped to expedite certain pieces of the program, but they didn’t have enough available people to do so. That said, Calibrate still met all of the deadlines we agreed to.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I’m well aware that there are less expensive vendors, but, in my experience, those companies end up costing more in the long run because of all the changes that will need to be made. Calibrate is not only worth the money, but the price they quote you at is the price you’re going to pay for the whole project to be completed the way you want it.

Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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