The beginning of the semester can be stressful for college students -- learning new faces, making new decisions and finding new classrooms. A mobile app launched at the University of South Florida takes away the guesswork involved in finding classrooms on campus.
was developed by Tampa natives and brothers Michael and Ryan Schmidt. Michael is a graduate and Ryan is a current student in the University of South Florida College of Engineering
. The idea came about while the two participated on campus in a Windows Phone Competition sponsored by Microsoft. They attended a series of workshops in which they learned how to code apps and then won a development contest with FindMyClass.
"I always had trouble navigating around campus," says Michael Schmidt. He and his brother felt the need all long but never really thought about building an app to meet that need until the competition.
After downloading the app, users select a campus and then a college. From there they can search for a building. The app puts a line between their current location and the building, and rotates with them as they walk or drive to find it. Users can also view a list of food locations and parking garages.
The app is available on 10 college campuses in Florida, including all campuses of Hillsborough Community College
, University of South Florida in Tampa
and St. Petersburg
and The University of Tampa
. Eventually the team plans to expand to as many campuses as possible.
The app is free to download, and the first three building searches are free.
FindMyClass is a charter member of the USF Student Innovation Incubator
and is using resources such as pro bono legal advice for their trademark application. "USF is definitely helping us out a lot," says Schmidt.
Writer: Megan Hendricks
Source: Michael Schmidt, FindMyClass