A college-based social networking mobile app that facilitates an easier meet-up and friendships between mutually interested college students.
"How we can facilitate easier meet ups and friendships for busy or shy U of M students?"
Similar function: most apps are using "swiping" function to match users
Similar character: most of them are dating apps
Too much information of userss: almost all of the apps show photos and details of the user, which are kind of distracted
Time costly: it usually takes a long time to get to know each other and decide to meet up
Potential risk: some users worry about the safety issue when meeting with people they do not know
Goal is for students to be in a face-to-face meet-up in 10 minutes or less
Exclusive to university students
Information shared will be hobbies and favorite topics
Not intended to be a dating app
-Gender and other identifying information will not be included
Provide just enough information so users know if they can “click” with each other
After shaping our idea, I started to draft a basic mind-map for the application, categorizing features and the relationships between each category. After on-boarding, the user A will see a map of the U of M campus while the app scans for other students online within a 1 mile radius. When A selects another user B, A will see B's hobbies and favorite topics. If A is interested in meeting, A clicks "Meet!" Then B receives an alert and decides if he/she wants to accept the invitation. The app then searches for a nearby public location (like a library, coffee shop, or another place where they can sit and talk) and then they both go there to meet.
To improve our idea, what we did are
Posted a survey on Reddit
Reached out to Design U, and App development student groups
Met with CoLab incubator
Emailed student groups and posted on Facebook groups for feedback about the idea and app operation
Some Feedback from Reddit
Swaggityboo – “I love the idea.”
Lala99998 – “Someone be his friend and help him make this app! I NEED THIS TO HAPPEN YOU DONT EVEN KNOW.”
Dawsnow – “This a good idea...”
Groups we reached out declared our idea “novel”.
Suggested Places List
Auto Send Location
Show User's Info
Design files and assets
Partnership with local businesses