November 19, 2013 |
CHRISTOPHER GRAY, 22, of Center City, is a Drexel University junior and Dorm Room Fund member who's built a mobile app called Scholly to help students easily search for college scholarships. Gray, a native of Birmingham, Ala., amassed $1.3 million in scholarship offers for his own education. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Scholly? A: I googled scholarships when I was a junior in high school and it took me months to search them. I thought "There must be an easier way for students to find this stuff.
April 4, 2012 |
Soon Philadelphians will be able to report problem potholes, trashy blocks and broken streetlights on their smart phones with the city's new, free 311 mobile application. Managing Director Richard Negrin said yesterday that the city's nonemergency call center, which handles a million calls a year, could roll out a mobile app by summer. The announcement followed a question posed by City Councilman Bill Green during Tuesday's budget hearing. "We're absolutely going to have one," Negrin said.
July 24, 2015 |
Pack 1.5 million people into a one-mile stretch of Philadelphia and there could be some issues with cell service. With Pope Francis coming to highlight the World Meeting of Families in late September, Philadelphia's thousands of visitors will need information at their fingertips, from where to find the nearest restaurant to the closing time of a museum. Anticipating swelling crowds and huge demands on bandwidth, the World Meeting of Families has created the "Go Philadelphia!" mobile app in partnership with IBM. The app, announced Wednesday by Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, is already available free on the Apple App Store and Google Plus.
November 1, 2014
LOGAN COHEN, 24, of Malvern, is co-founder and COO of ed-tech startup Kudzoo. The company built a mobile app that rewards students, aged 13 and older, for their grades and achievements with deals and opportunities. Cohen also teaches a weekly entrepreneurship class for 14-to-16-year-olds at the Science Leadership Academy. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Kudzoo? A: My co-founder, Trevor Wilkins, came up with it to reward students for academic achievement. It started as discounts and deals and we wanted to see what would get kids excited and it evolved into an app. Q: The startup money?
December 9, 2015
Complaining that Uber deliberately disconnected them from the mobile app that links them to customers, about 50 angry Uber limousine drivers thronged Tuesday outside Uber's offices near Philadelphia International Airport, demanding compensation for lost fares. The drivers, affiliated with the company's limousine division known as UberBlack, had gathered for a meeting around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the airport holding parking lot where limo drivers wait to pick up riders at the airport.
September 29, 2015
E THAN KEISER, 24, of Powelton Village, is founder of StudyTree, a mobile app that connects college students for on-demand peer tutoring. The student-to-student solution creates a marketplace enabling students to either make money as a tutor or save money as a student. The University Platform allows universities to manage their own tutors on a budget and provide students with flexible tutoring options. Keiser, a 2015 Drexel graduate, founded StudyTree in January. Q: How did you come up with the idea?
February 6, 2016
It's the morning after a long night of indulgence, and you're feeling like a slug. Coffee can't clear the cobwebs or rouse your spirits, let alone work off the excess poundage. Whom you gonna call - or, more accurately, summon on a smartphone app - for help? The gut-busters of WeTrain, Philadelphia-based personal trainers on call "when and where you want it" to jump-start the heart and pump you up. "You're doing great! That's it! Just two more!" WeTrain's Mitch Brudy said with enthusiasm, leading a private pep rally last weekend at this writer's abode.
October 11, 2012 |
ALTHOUGH they both aim to give Philadelphians a quick, mobile way to send reports of neighborhood problems to the city department that can best address them, the Nutter administration's Philly 311 mobile app and City Councilman Bobby Henon's CityHall App aren't the same animal. Like the blue-collar, plain-speaking councilman himself, Henon's CityHall App is the one you'd most like to have a beer with. It's a simple, user-friendly way to take a photo, write a comment, send it off and get a quick response.
November 10, 2014
C HRISTOPHER CAPORALE, 21, of Havertown, is a St. Joseph's University junior and founder of Waterless Works, a water-free mobile car-wash business. The new, five-person startup allows customers to schedule a car wash at a time/place that's convenient. It says each of its car washes saves 38 gallons of water, and for every car wash completed five gallons of clean water is donated to WaterisLife, a charity that provides clean drinking water to families in Ghana, Kenya and India. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
November 6, 2012 |
KIM ADAMS, an employee of the city's 3-1-1 call center, spent five days and five nights at work through Hurricane Sandy, and although she was more than ready for the weekend by the time the storm moved out, she wasn't complaining. "It was not bad," said Adams, who handles social media and knowledge-based support for 3-1-1 and was one of dozens of 3-1-1 employees who worked 'round-the-clock during Sandy's wrath. "We are charged with making sure the public gets the right information.