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July 24, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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November 19, 2013 | Michael Hinkelman, Daily News Staff Writer
  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.
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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?
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April 4, 2012 | By Jan Ransom, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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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?
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July 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WITH JUST TWO months to go until showtime, the World Meeting of Families team yesterday announced the release of its mobile app - "Go Philadelphia!" - and the addition of a family friendly film festival that will coincide with the faith-based congress. The "Go Philadelphia!" app, which can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices, provides tourists with maps, schedules and places to visit in the greater Philadelphia area from Sept. 18, the Friday before the World Meeting of Families begins, to Sept.
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October 11, 2012 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 3, 2015
Y ASMINE MUSTAFA, 32, of University City, and Anthony Gold, 49, of West Chester, co-founded Roar for Good, a University City firm aimed at empowering women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. The startup is part of DreamIt Athena, a female-focused entrepreneur program by DreamIt Ventures. I spoke with Mustafa, the CEO. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Roar? A: A woman was raped a block from my apartment shortly after I came back from a trip to South America last year.
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June 16, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christopher Gray couldn't even afford college application fees, let alone tuition. His single mother was out of work, and there were two siblings to think about, then ages 2 and 3. But with a passion for entrepreneurship, the Birmingham, Ala., student dreamed of attending a college in the Northeast so he could be close to New York City and other major business centers. "So the onus was really on me. I had to deal with it myself," recalled Gray, now 21 and a rising junior at Drexel University.
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November 6, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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July 24, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WITH JUST TWO months to go until showtime, the World Meeting of Families team yesterday announced the release of its mobile app - "Go Philadelphia!" - and the addition of a family friendly film festival that will coincide with the faith-based congress. The "Go Philadelphia!" app, which can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices, provides tourists with maps, schedules and places to visit in the greater Philadelphia area from Sept. 18, the Friday before the World Meeting of Families begins, to Sept.
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July 24, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 1, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fund-raiser rallying Latinos to donate to the World Meeting of Families was announced Monday to help meet the $45 million goal for the event that is bringing Pope Francis, the first Latino pope, to Philadelphia in September. Varsovia Fernandez, president of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said a meeting with Latino leaders and business owners inspired creation of an online site and a mobile app for donations. The objective is to encourage at least 100,000 Latino donors to contribute at least $5 each.
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February 24, 2015
C ANDACE V. MITCHELL, 27, of West Philadelphia, is co-founder & CEO of Myavana, a North Philly startup offering personalized hair service for women of color. Users send in a hair sample for lab analysis, and Myavana recommends products based on the results. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Myavana? A: I've had issues managing my hair. I majored in computer science at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, wanted to be an entrepreneur and thought about my issues as a consumer.
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February 3, 2015
Y ASMINE MUSTAFA, 32, of University City, and Anthony Gold, 49, of West Chester, co-founded Roar for Good, a University City firm aimed at empowering women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. The startup is part of DreamIt Athena, a female-focused entrepreneur program by DreamIt Ventures. I spoke with Mustafa, the CEO. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Roar? A: A woman was raped a block from my apartment shortly after I came back from a trip to South America last year.
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January 9, 2015
  ALLISON BERLINER, 30, of Center City, is co-founder & CEO of SpotItBuyIt, which helps small retailers sell more via Instagram with a mobile app. Berliner, a 2013 Wharton MBA, co-founded the startup - which launched in a trial phase called beta in November - with chief technology officer Roopak Majmudar, 33, of University City. I spoke with Berliner.   Q: How did you come up with the idea for SpotItBuyIt? A: We'd been working with small retailers and kept hearing the word Instagram and they really wanted help on converting mobile traffic [on]
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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?
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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?
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October 23, 2014
MORGAN BERMAN, founder and CEO of MilkCrate Philly, was wrapping up her pitch yesterday to a panel of big shots at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, a three-day gathering of young game-changers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MilkCrate, which has a mobile app to help people live more sustainably in neighborhoods, was one of five finalists selected to make a five-minute pitch - dubbed the "$400,000 Pressure Cooker" - to the panel, which included AOL founder Steve Case, Forbes Media CEO Mike Perlis and former venture capitalist Troy Carter, founder of Atom Factory.
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August 29, 2014
M ORGAN BERMAN, 29, of Fairmount, is founder and CEO of MilkCrate, a mobile app that has been described as "Green Yelp with Soul. " Berman, who has a master's degree in sustainable design from Philadelphia University, got frustrated having to look on Google for eco-friendly businesses in Philadelphia. A 30-day Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, launched Sunday, had raised at least $4,410 of a $20,000 goal as of yesterday. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for MilkCrate? A: There was so much great information on websites, but no central place someone could go to figure out how to live more sustainably in Philadelphia.
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