Do you ever think about how much better your college experience would’ve been if you’d had an iPhone back then? If a lecture got boring, you could just watch some cute cat videos on YouTube; if an attractive stranger walked in the cafeteria, you could Facebook-stalk him before he finished up at the salad bar. But today’s college students are way more creative than that; they’re developing apps that let students track free food events on campus, find out how full the dining hall is, or locate your next class. When the New York Times recently tracked down the best apps for navigating campus life, and an app developed by students at Goucher, Drexel, and McGill — Involvio — got a prominent mention.
Involvio’s point is simple: it helps students sort through the often-overwhelming number of parties, events, club activities, and sporting events that are happening on campus at any given time. Involvio’s founder, Ari Winkleman, a Drexel senior, says he got the idea after noticing that “students always feel like they’re missing out. It’s all too common for students to think, ‘There’s probably something better happening than the thing I’m doing right now, I just don’t know about it.” He recruited Goucher alum Evan Siegel and current student Adrianna Edgerly-Moore to help bring the app to Goucher, where 200-plus events are currently listed.
The Involvio team got a huge boost last summer when the start-up was one of seven selected to participate in the GE/OMD Student Innovation Incubator in Manhattan. By the end of the summer, the GE and OMD digital marketing agency leaders dubbed Involvio the most promising start up.
Involvio is more than just a simple listing of events; it uses a “magical algorithm” it calls FOMO Fighter (FOMO = Fear of Missing Out), which “takes a hard look at your interests, your upcoming and past plans, and your group of friends to intelligently suggest events that you should know about, but don’t.” And just in case you were worried, Involvio’s website reassures you that it’s “not socially awkward.” That sounds like something every college student can get behind.
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