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One "GoodTurn" deserves another

March 02, 2017

The Detroit Mercy team developing the mobility app, “GoodTurn,” connecting non-profit organizations with volunteers who can haul materials and resources is testing a prototype in advance of its release this Spring.

The app is made possible by a $200,000 grant from the Bill Ford Better World Challenge and being developed by a team of Detroit Mercy alumni, students and faculty.

“The team has come together nicely. There is great communication and teamwork,” said Associate Dean for the College of Engineering & Science Katy Snyder ’89 Mathematics ’93 Computer Science.  “It’s an exciting project to work on and a great way to connect our alumni to the University in a meaningful way.”

The development team has an ambitious timeline for the Apple iOS based app.  The project kicked off in August and progressed quickly through the development, coding and now the prototype stages.

The beta version is expected in April with a full release in late May.

“I really enjoy working with a group of likeminded people on a cool project solving a real-world problem,” said Jacob Vanassche ’15 Software Engineering.  “I'm learning a lot about mobile development, specifically for iOS using Swift.  Most of the team was familiar with Android development, so we have been learning the iOS platform together.”

“This is a fantastic way to provide a real-world project, enhance our curriculum while promoting the mission of the College and University,” said Snyder.

“I am thoroughly enjoying my experience on the project and I am very excited to see it come to life,” said Vanassche.

The “GoodTurn” team members are:

Software Developers:

Spencer Keashly-Warters (Alumnus), Brandon Herzog ’12 Computer Science, Jacob Vanassche ’15 Software Engineering, Daniel Webster ’15 Software Engineering, Caitlin Snyder

Graphic Designer

Timmy Nelson ’11 Digital Media Studies

Technical Advisors

Dr. Shadi Banitaan, Computer Science faculty, Dr. Kevin Daimi, Computer Science faculty

Project Manager

Dr. Katy Snyder, ’89 Mathematics, ’93 Computer Science and Associate Dean and Mathematics faculty

Ford Concept Creators and Advisors

Ashley Levi, Cecil Saint Pierre (Alumnus), Robert Collard ’12 Business Administration, ’15 MBA

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