Amigo, a social networking app to help students connect and make friends during the COVID-19 pandemic, was released to students at UC Berkeley on Sunday.
The app, created by co-founders Paa Adu and Sophia Huard, is used to create personal and group profiles that people can browse to connect with their classmates. Huard said Amigo is currently available for iOS in the Apple App Store and is expected to be available for Android in the Google App Store in a few days.
âAmigo is a place where students can connect. Our mission is to bring them together, especially during a pandemic, âsaid Huard. âWe want to create a safe platform and a good user experience according to the needs and wishes of the students. “
Huard added that although the app has been released for UC Berkeley students, it is currently locked down until enough students join to provide a “good user experience.” Adu said he expects more students to join in as the finals come to an end and the students are looking for ways to relax.
Adu and Huard, who met in their first year at Stanford University, started working on the app in September. The couple lamented that many students couldn’t meet others in the dorms during the pandemic and hoped their app could make up for the lack of in-person interactions.
âWe realized that a lot of students have a bad college experience, mainly due to the COVID situation,â Adu said. âWe were disappointed that a lot of the students couldn’t meet, and it really touched us. “
Amigo currently has over 500 users and is in full use at Stanford University, where it was first launched on December 4. Adu added that thousands of messages have already been sent through the platform.
Interest in Amigo has also been shown around the world, with Australian students asking for the app to be extended there, Adu said. He added that they hope to launch the app on as many campuses as possible.
âMaking friends is not a new problem. When you add the pandemic, it’s hard to have a social life, âHuard said. âWe really hope to help students bond. “
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