Michigan State University Students Create The App College Students Have Been Waiting For
We met Matt Eleweke and Roderick Daniels at South By Southwest. They were part of the constituency that came down from East Lansing Michigan on the Michigan State University Startup Bus. Their company has created an app called Sympl, that’s truly the app college students have been waiting for.
Now we aren’t talking in the sense of Yik Yak, Snapchat or Groupme. Sympl addresses a real need that every college student in America has faced at one time or another, and professors and administrators for that matter as well.
Sympl take the class rosters of every student in every class. Then, it lets students in each class have access to the names of every other student in the class. It also gives students a private way to contact each other without exposing personal information.
If you’re in college or have been in college than you know you can sit in the same class or lecture for weeks, even months and not know another soul in the class. What happens if you suddenly come down with the chicken pox or one of those three day hangovers? Who the heck are you going to call to get notes or study with?
With Sympl you can just look at your smartphone, look at the Sympl app and ping another student for the work that you missed.
“Sympl. is an app that essentially allows students to take the classroom home with them, making the study process simple. Students have a responsibility to search through social media and do whatever it takes to find anyone that may be in their class, when help is needed while outside of the classroom. Sympl. provides students with access to a class roster for each of their classes, and this allows for easy communication. Students are also provided with a calendar that includes all due dates from their class syllabus listed on it. As the due dates approach, the student will receive notifications saying so. Last but not least students are able to set up study groups for each of their classes. As a study group is created, a notification will be sent out to the rest of the students in the class when a group is available. At the end of each group study session, students will rate each other based on contributions to the group.” The startup says on their website.
There’s also a social networking aspect of Sympl. It’s a little more focused on academics and class experience, than Facebook was when it was only open to college students. Through the Sympl app students can make friends with one another that could turn into life long friendships.
The response to Sympl has been great. The 5 founders with ties to Michigan State University pitched the idea at the Spartan Innovation Program at Michigan State. From their they were admitted into the Hatch incubator.
Now, Sympl has been in beta at Michigan State this school year. In May, they will open up to Arizona State University, University of Toledo, and the Universoty of Texas for their summer semesters. After that the sky is the limit.
Watch our interview with Matt and Roderick above. You can find out more at lifeis.digital