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Metaburn Dreams

This is a platform to plan co-created events. It was originally created for Urban Burn Stockholm in 2016 and was then used for The Borderland in 2016 and For Midburnerot 2016 then Midburn 2017. It's being continuously and sporadically developed by a rag-tag team and will always be in beta. This version is set to be the mother of all versions. You can see it in action here:

To get started

  • Install (version number indicated in Gemfile).
  • Install postgres - brew install postgresql
  • Install ImageMagick v6, for example this way
    rbenv local
    gem install bundler
    bundle install
    bundle exec rake db:migrate

To get all the deps and the database set up properly. To start the server:

bundle exec rails s

Now rails will listen at localhost:3000 for your requests.

Register a new user http://localhost:3000/users/sign_up

Go to dreams/new to create a new dream and to /dreams to see a list of camps.

There are tests

Run them with:

bundle exec rspec spec


Currently sqlite is used as the local database. We will stick to this in development but set up Postgres in production. Install sqlite with your favourite package manager and you should be up and running right away.


If you're running the server locally you should those env variables:

  • RACK_ENV=production
  • RAILS_ENV=production


In development mode mailcatcher is configured to catch emails locally for easier testing.

Active Admin

Users and creations can be administrated with Active Admin. After install, run:

bundle exec rake db:migrate db:seed

Then naviagte to http://localhost:3000/admin and use and password

Creating your first user

User types in the system

The system user types are: anonymous users, normal registered users, guides, admins

You can set yourself as a guide and admin in the /admin panel

Guide and admins see buttons on the dream page and info that normal and guests users dont have access to. Guide and admins can close/open granting and edit dreams

Ticket ID Import

Ticket ids are imported from a two column csv file of IDs which can be set to any url using IMPORT_CSV_URL env variable Rake task is in lib/tasks/import.rake and is run with "bundle exec rake import"

Ticket verifier through TixWise

We've added an optional verification through tixwise - you need to aquire an API from them and then set TICKETS_EVENT_URL ENV variable to a url such as:

Make sure you change the username, password, token and event id


Make sure all the env variables are set

On heroku use -

Creating initial database

From command line run

heroku run exec rake db:migrate db:seed --app <<APP_NAME>>


We are using puma for the webserver and usually use Heroku to deploy it The default WEB_CONCURRENCY=1 if you have ~1GB of mem we recommend on WEB_CONCURRENCY=2 though we did have some plans on using Dokku all of the repos right now are on heroku


To get the mailing system working on Heroku -

  • Add Sendgrid as a Resource (this will automatically set SENDGRID_USERNAME & SENDGRID_PASSWORD)
  • Update the EMAIL_FROM using: heroku config:set

Image upload

To set up the image upload make sure to create the S3 user and set the following heroku env variables


From our experience, if the s3 bucket didn't exist - it was automatically created on first time upload in case your user have write access to s3.

Drive integration

Google apps script

We've added the ability to integrate to google drive. on every new dream that is being created - a google apps script create a folder with the dream id, dream name, and give access to the dream owner. it also coppies some needed files to that folder and save the folder info and specific file ids to allow the user to edit them directly on google drive.

It require an google apps script published as API execution and also the following env vars:

  • GOOGLE_CLIENT_SECRETS=content_of_client_secret.json

1.Set the env GOOGLE_DRIVE_INTEGRATION=true 2.Start with enabling the API on the google console. getting a token. Then set the GOOGLE_CLIENT_SECRETS variable 3.Then go to and copy the name of Oauth2 client Id - this will be the GOOGLE_APPS_NAME env variable 4.Then inside your script there is the actual function name to call it is usually createDream - this is the GOOGLE_APPS_SCRIPT_FUNCTION env 5.Finally leave the GOOGLE_APPS_SCRIPT_TOKEN empty. and then after you run your app for the first time. check the logs. you will see a url. this url will contain the actual token. then set the GOOGLE_APPS_SCRIPT_TOKEN to be that token

Env Settings

You can copy .env-example to .env file and use it to check which ENV vars we are using

To install ENV vars in a quick way check out

Ability to Show/Edit Point of Contact

We've added the ability to show a contact person from art-department for the dream-creator in the dream page. This field is editable by admin/guide users only.

You will need to set the following env var:


Setting important dates

There is a feature that shows a notification to users - reminder of important dates. You can alter lockdown.yml file with your important dates and then change in en.xml dont_miss_out->actions->action_name It will be reminded to your users at the Me page. View Dream & Edit Dream page

Ability to Show/Edit Safety File Comments

We've added the ability to show safety file comments for the dream-creator in the dream page. This field is editable by admin/guides only and it is visible to users on the show dream page - this could serve as a way to communicate with the artist outside of his email.

You will need to set the following env var:



Q: How do I set multi language support Set the MULTI_LANG_SUPPORT env variable to true on heroku


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