The description of One Campus
OneCampus was inspired by the disparate and ineffective social media networks used by the Northwestern University student body. We noticed that there was a variety of tasks which students tried to use existing networks to complete.
As of now, OneCampus is geared towards a variety of campus activities, tasks, and transactions, including cab sharing, buying/selling, lost/found, campus events, mutual interests, and sports. The application’s core is comprised of user-created “items,” divided by category, which lists the relevant information for the activity and the item’s creator’s contact information. For example, if an individual wishes to find a game of pick-up indoor soccer, he or she can search the Sports category, RSVP to an event, and contact the item’s creator through his or her .edu email address or by text message.
Social, practical, and professional, users’ activities are linked to their .edu email addresses, creating a strong incentive for respectful and positive behavior while easily establishing productive and enjoyable connections with fellow undergraduates.
The app is divided into six categories namely sports, cab share, student organizations, lost, found, buy, sell, and shared interests. Users can create and view events in any of these categories. They are easy on the eye, color-coded, and have their own unique icon. All of them have a similar basic layout to create an event and contain similar text fields; title, short description, date, start time, end time are compulsory fields.
The user can also input up to three searchable tags which describe the event, making searching events easier. Categories like cab share, lost and found, buy and sell and cab share have slightly different input fields. Cab share has pick up location, destination and time. Lost and found has place where it was found and time. The sell page has an option to input pictures and a price range
The Explore page which shows all the events in the next 7 days. So if someone wants to try out something new, they can scroll through events in all the five categories and find cool events to attend. The notifications page is divided into events created and events attending. This will give the user a notification every time changes are made to an event they are attending to keep them updated and will also give notification to the user when someone RSVPs to an event they have created. The app has push notifications which can be turned off if the user wants to. The profile page has a short bio about the user, .edu address, photo, and mobile phone number, which is optional. The profile page also shows all the recent events the the user is attending so he or she can keep a track of the events.
The advantage of our design is the modularity of the categories. Following future development, additional features may be added or taken away. Data and research can drive the development of even better designs, layouts, and functionality without affecting the rest of the application. User feedback will be very helpful in making an ever better experience.
OneCampus offers to its users the benefits of:
Saving valuable time
Facilitating the scheduling of events and activities at odd hours, such as watching international sporting events in groups
Increasing feasibility of group tasks and activities, such as pick-up sports and cab sharing
Fostering a sense of community by connecting students with similar interests, despite traditional spacial barriers, e.g., dormitories and off-campus housing
Being comfortable: all users are members of the same academic community, and their actions are tied to their .edu email addresses
Being convenient: the mobile platform ensures constant connectivity to the app, with push notifications coming in the future
Capturing most college students across Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android