Event-based app helps students find others with similar interests
Loneliness can be a challenge for students, particularly those new to campus. And at larger institutions like Michigan State, this challenge can feel insurmountable. Recognizing this problem, Michigan State senior Zoe Zappitell and alumna Brittney Urich developed an app that provides a social outlet for the campus community.
According to a State News report, the Conecter app is an event-based platform that give students the ability to find other people on campus who share similar interests. Users first create an event — running, going to a tailgate, hangout, study group, play video games, play pickup basketball, etc. The created event will then go live for everyone on Michigan State’s campus at which point other users can RSVP.
Since debuting on campus this semester, the free-to-download app has seen promising adoption. There are currently more than 2,000 users, with numbers growing daily. The app is currently available on desktop or iOS.
The app’s early success is also the product of strategic partnerships on campus. Michigan State Athletics, for example, has an account and regularly posts events along with the College of Engineering, the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Music.
“We’ve brought on thousands of freshmen, and they’re using it like crazy. A big help was MSU Athletics,” says Conecter co-dev, Zappitell. “Athletics is so big on campus, and everyone’s so passionate about the football games and the basketball games. So to have them partnering with us, posting about us, being on our app and posting all of their events, whether they’re big or small, has been massive.”
Events on the app are constantly changing, with new types of events popping up regularly. “We have about five to 10 events added every single day,” Zappitell says. “On the weekend, you’ll see a lot of parties and tailgates, but on the weekdays you’ll see things like lecture series and other events.”
Zappitell and Urich plan to open Conecter up to other Big Ten universities in the coming months.