August 4, 2017
By Stephanie Wagner, USI Opportunity Development Communications Intern
A team of USI students participating in the Technology Commercialization Academy (TCA) worked hand-in-hand with the local company, Boredom Busters, a comprehensive resource guide for kids’ events. Students (Brian Jessen, Olivia Wilde, Corey Foster, Chadd Guilickson and Dana Tang) designed and built an app as a convenient resource where parents and caregivers can go to find things to do in the tri-state area.
“I really enjoyed working with Boredom Busters,” said Olivia Wilde, TCA participant. “I am not from Evansville, so working to develop a product about things to do in Evansville had personal significance to me and made the project very special.”
A few features of the app include a search bar, a coupons tab and links to addresses and phone numbers for direct access to the company/business listed. The students conducted several rounds of interviews with parents and kids to come up with necessary features.
“Without USI’s TCA, we would have never been able to get such a high-quality app for this fall, nor would we have had the budget needed,” said Autumn Cherry of Boredom Busters. “The quality of research the students conducted was beyond expectations.”
Boredom Busters currently has a print catalog called “The Big Book of Boredom Busters for Kids”, which features 150 pages of things to do in the Evansville area. From places like Holiday World to all the local libraries, there is something for every budget and children of all ages.
The students used Marvel and Adobe products to build a prototype and test concepts for the creation of a mobile application. The app was built with Ionic Framework and is compatible with iOS and Android platforms. It will be available for download in early September.
For more information on USI’s Technology Commercialization Academy, visit USI.edu/TCA.