Who made this?
Nick made this, just for you!
Nick Germaine is a Canadian software designer. He has been serving other Irish Dance businesses as a developer creating smart tools for Irish Dancers.
While the pandemic creates limitations for teachers and dancers around the world, FeisFWD aims to create an easy and affordable way to organize and run online Irish Dance events.
Based on demand in the industry, Nick has built the Cadillac of online feis management. He consulted with, and was advised by members of Irish Dance organizations, feis organizers, adjudicators, musicians, teachers and dancers. This was made just for you!
We hope you enjoy it and promise lots of new features as we grow and evolve!
Nick is a father of two girls, who resides in Nova Scotia.
He is an experienced developer, designer and instructor and has over a million students on Udemy: To: He’s been developing software since 2012, and has close to 1 million students on udemy (as of January 2021)
Through detailed consultation with experienced dance teachers, committee volunteers, and event organizers, Nick has put together a bespoke product. This software is currently being tested through a pilot event, and he is committed to continuing to evolve and improve the product.
He has been guided in consultation with senior members of the dance community who were seeking a better, safer and more affordable product. And he wants to hear from you, your school, your organization about what you want to see in the software.
Nick has no “horse in the race” – he is not a dance dad, and has no direct affiliation with any one dance school in the competitive realm — in fact the irony, he claims, is that he can’t dance. He is a neutral operator who is held to the highest standard of professionalism in all his work.
Safety + Security & Child protection
SAFETY SECURITY AND CHILD PROTECTION are the number one priorities for us. If you have any questions at all about the technology and safeguards we have in place, please e-mail Nick directly and he can explain in as much detail as you need (tech speak or street speak!).
No accredited teachers or committee organizers can access any video content or private data that comes through the software. The only people who can view video content, or competition information is the assigned judges, and, as above, if a highlight video is authorized, 4 bars from approved videos may be sent to organizers for that purpose.
When videos for online events are deleted permanently, a screen recording or live zoom call showing this process is available on request - something no other provider is currently offering.
Everything is coded, encrypted and only Nick or a senior developer could access anything in the system.
Judges are under strict agreements when hired to work on online feis events. The authorized adjudicators can only access the video content from one device and one account. If an adjudicator breaches their agreement and either shares their login or links, we have safeguards to stop that from happening and can identify multiple views and IP address changes on accounts. Judges can also report a problem from right within the adjudication page if there are any problems at all.
Here are a few projects that Nick has worked on in recent years:
A service protecting Website/App Users against Phishing emails, Ransomware & Fraud
A site managing trade-in credit & buy back arbitrage on Amazon
For testing and review of products and services
Feis the App (download from the iTunes or Google Play stores) Irish Dancing music and lifestyle app.