Ride Out The Wave

Author: Chris Miller
Last modified: January 18, 2021

Ride Out The Wave proved that a community supported model in a time of crisis was possible. If you are interested in repeating the Ride Out the Wave model in your municipality, Santa Cruz Works is licensing the source code of the website on a case by case basis. This code is intended for use by civic organizations such as Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Agencies, etc. You may request access using the form below.

The Ride Out The Wave website allows local businesses to create a listing with a link to their own Gift Card. Most business Point of Sale solutions allow the creation and host digital gift cards online. Examples include Square and Toast.

Once a listing is approved, the business information, gift card link, and image are added to the website automatically. Listings can be approved, denied, removed, or updated within a Google Sheet, and email messaging can be sent to the lister based on the change. The use of the website is quite simple. Implementation details are below the form.

There is some technical work required to setup the site, but the hosting fees are pretty trivial. If you do not have an engineer available to set this up for you, we are putting together some packages for installation, support, and training.

The website consists of three primary components and requires the following paid subscriptions :

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) account
  • Google G-Suite account
  • Zapier

In order to install the website, the following skills are required :

  • AWS Console
  • AWS S3 + Cloud Front
  • AWS Lambda
  • AWS Cloud Watch Events
  • Google Forms
  • Google Sheets
  • Zapier Advanced Zaps

Please fill out the form and choose a support option, and someone will respond to you with additional information.

Ride Out The Wave Inquiry

About Chris Miller

With over 20 years of experience in the IT technical field as a system administrator and operations manager at a local internet service provider, Chris founded Cloud Brigade to support the growing number of companies adopting internet technologies in the cloud.


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