Once a student creates a profile they can then swipe through other students within their area who are also looking for potential study buddies. If two students swipe right on each other they can then instantly start a conversation, as well as post on interactive student support feeds. By allowing students to efficiently connect with their entire classroom, Stuby aims to help increase the academic interactions between students across America.
Many college students face a similar problem when it comes to education in a college setting- they cannot grasp the difficult concepts taught in the classroom. Therefore, they must spend long hours in the library attempting to refine their skills and achieve a level of understanding that allows them to pass their classes.
For Stuby founder, William Rondon, these hours of studying were spent with friends, but most of his friends were business majors. Seeing as though William Rondon is an Industrial Engineering major, he consistently found himself having to study in solidarity during extensive hours of the day. On one of these nights William created an idea for an app that connects students with other students around them to study using a swiping selection process.
By matching students based on their academic strengths and weaknesses as well as certain personality traits, students will never have to endure those long rigorous study nights alone. Over the summer of 2017 William further developed this idea and produced a rough prototype that he later showed to his long-time friend and fellow student, Chad Townsend who specialized in coding on different platforms. Combining their skills, Chad and William were later accepted into the USF Student Innovation Incubator through which they have been mentored by various USF alumni and local business owners.
Since the initial development of the app, Stuby has grown from a simple platform to one that integrates group messaging as well as a well-refined strength and weakness matching algorithm.
These strides have been rewarded within the USF community through an article feature in the USF Oracle as well as a radio segment on 89.7 radio. The team has also been awarded the Daveler Fellowship Entrepreneurship award, which will aid in the official app release in the Fall of the 2018 semester.
Using the tools provided by the USF incubator Chad and William intend to impact the college population and increase nationwide student success through a simple app that allows study buddies to become connected faster and more efficiently than ever.
• 2018 Daveler Fellow Entrepreneurship Award
• 2018 Governors Cup Participant
• WUSF 89.7 radio segment feature
• Tampa Bay Oracle Article Feature