University of Windsor students now have another way of communicating with other students in their classes thanks to an app created by a graduate.
RangoLite was created by 23-year-old Jack Zakaria, a graduate of the computer science program at the university and founder of Mastermind Coders, a web and app development company. It launched earlier this week.
“I wanted to create a way where students can contact each other, connect with each other, with one touch of a button without exchanging personal information such as a phone number,” said Zakaria.
The graduate said at the beginning of each semester, Zakaria and his classmates would exchange contact information so if one person missed class, they could inform each other of what they missed. But he said it’s not always a reliable method.
The app, which has already had almost 100 downloads, is simple to use. Once the student has downloaded the app, they register with their uwindsor.ca e-mail. On logging in, they can create a class if it is not in the list of classes made. Alternatively, they can join one of the existing classes by adding it to “My List,” which will provide notifications when someone posts a message in the group chat. Each class is similar to other online chat applications such as Facebook, allowing for real-time messaging. No other personal information is shared or collected through the app except the uwindsor.ca e-mail for login purposes.
“It’s an instant way to connect,” said Zakaria.
The app also has a quote by Henry Ford displayed, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” Zakaria said he used this quote as a way to promote students not only helping each other during school but also hopes the app will help support students as they prepare for graduation and entering the “real world.”
Zakaria has been speaking with professors and presenting the material to their classes to promote the app. He also has been in contact with the university's student alliances about the app.
RangoLite isn’t the first app Zakaria has created. He has helped a fellow graduate with the dating app Suited, created an app for a Toronto company that is similar to GroupOn and he will be releasing a gaming app in the near future.
Currently the app is only available for University of Windsor students. Zakaria said this is both because he had connections at the school, but also because he can test the “beta” version with a school he is familiar with. Once he has a “stable” product, he plans to market it to other schools.
The app can be purchased on the Google Play store for Android. It will be available on the Apple App Store in the coming weeks.