Fringe Theatre Festival Visitor Schedule Optimiser
This is a tool to let you select shows and build your own schedule, while
detecting conflicts (including walking times between shows). It's currently
under construction (alpha version - features still being added), but you're
welcome to give it a try. I've prefilled the list of events for the Ottawa
Fringe Festival and Animation Festival, though you can do the same by copying
their events-by-date web page and massaging the data enough to paste into the
raw data box.
To use this, first click on the link for a festival from the list below,
which will show you the Festival's raw data. You can ignore the raw data for
now, just click the Update Schedule button to get to the friendlier editing
display with all the checkboxes. More instructions are on the pages after
- Grays out the unchoosen times for shows you have selected, so you can
more easily fill time slots with shows you haven't seen.
- Checks the time between shows to identify conflicts.
- Factors in the walking time between venues to see if you have enough time
to get to the next show. You can specify your walking speed too!
- Statistics highlight problems with your schedule. Or let you brag about
how many shows you've seen or hours you've watched.
- There's a simple printable listing of your timetable. Suitable for,
ummm, printing and taking with you.
- You can save your choices on your computer for later editing; it's just
simple text. Copying the editor web page and e-mailing it to yourself
often works too.
- Uses a darker gray (you can change the colours if you wish) for unchoosen
times where the show is in the future. This lets you quickly pick an
earlier time for shows you haven't seen yet; useful when frantically
adjusting your schedule on the fly to accomodate a show your friends want
- Duplicate shows are shown with a number appended to the show name.
The nifty feature of this web app is that you can paste in the list of
events for any festival into the text box (easiest if you obtain it in
spreadsheet form). You can even make up your own web pages with pre-filled
event listings (just have the FORM POST redirect to my web server), so that
your friends can edit their own schedules to your festival. It also uses
old (circa 1997) HTML 3.2 technology, so this should work even without
If you have suggestions on how to improve it, please e-mail me at email@example.com
or use the Twitter hashtag #FFVSO to discuss it. Note
that the core algorithim is running on my PC (www.agmsmith.ca), so it might be
down once in a while for short periods of time while rebooting.
Current ideas and unimplemented features list:
- Integrate with a mapping service, so it can show you the path to take
between venues, as well as plotting venue latitude and longitude on a map.
- Add server-side "include" files for the schedule data. That would cut
down on the amount of data transmitted per update (no schedule data in the
raw data text box) and would make it possible to change the schedule
without requiring as much user action.
client side. Would give live feedback (totals at the top of the screen
change immediately when you make a selection). Useful for automatically
deselecting a show when you pick it at another time, and so on.
- For bigger festivals, have options to hide shows (but always displays
selected ones). Hide all but favourite shows. Hide all but favourite
venues (add a checkbox for picking favourite venues). Hide all but
favourite days (add checkboxes for days). Hide shows that overlap with the
time used by selected shows. Hide everything, except selected shows
(useful for removing shows).
- Add calendar integration. Possibly spit out an iCalendar file with the
schedule, but also import files so the user can work around their existing
events. But how to do updates?
- For on-demand streaming (OIAF2020), let the user change the start time
for an event. Perhaps copy the on-demand entry as a kind of template to
make the user's version of it.
Here's my personal 2023 Ottawa Fringe Festival
Schedule. Maybe you'll see me in person at a show! I'll be the one with
the large notepad taking notes and drawing stage layouts, though there is one
show (a drawing class in effect) where everyone does that.
Here's my earlier compact (shorter gaps between shows, fewer late night
shows) 2023 Ottawa Fringe Festival Compact
And some of my other schedules from the past:
Source code is available at http://github.com/agmsmith/FFVSO if
you want to see how it works or just use it on your own web server. If you want
to, send me an e-mail with your FFVSO web site address and I'll post a list of