Students create social networking app

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As they sat in their dorm, bored another weekend, juniors Michael Gardiner and Isaiah Nardone knew they wanted to create something that could help prevent weekend nights like this in the future.

Gardiner and Nardone created the DropSpot app, which allows Ithaca College students to connect while going out on weekends. The app also allows students to connect with the local community, featuring all types of events around the city of Ithaca.

“We basically came up with this as a way to make it easier for people to have fun on the weekends,” Gardiner said.

The app officially launched on February 24, 2018.

After downloading the app, users sign up using their college email address to access features. Features include a map showing pins where events are taking place, a basic information page that explains the events themselves, an RSVP system to notify users where other people are going, and images that users post to. show the event in real time.

“It’s almost like a mixture of Snap and Facebook events, ”Gardiner said. “It’s basically a social media app where you don’t have to be on the app for 30 minutes to figure something out. It’s supposed to be an easy and quick entry and exit.

Gardiner and Nardone, both with little experience in application development and in start a business, created and continue to work on the the idea that they started from scratch.

“Just from the start, we were literally drawing what we wanted the app to look like on these note cards,Nardone said. “It was a process, and a process in which I learned so much.”

Gardiner is responsible for the technical and development aspects, while Nardone is in charge of the business side of the business, Gardiner said.

Gardiner and Nardone said they want this app to expand to other campuses in the future, but are very happy that it has started to middle School.

“The people of Ithaca are very open to new things and new ideas, so I think this is a great place to start,” Nardone said.


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