Few burgeoning movements this decade can compare with the explosion of innovative technology coming out of the startup world, especially those surrounding app creation and development. Among the exclusive group of rivals is the ever-trending fitness world, which churns out new workouts, devices and apparel seemingly every week.
Naturally, the combination of these two, fitness apps, is a marketplace ripe with fresh concepts and repackaged ideas alike. College students are getting in on the action, drafting blueprints and working through the logistics before finally launching the app.
The latest example of this comes from Cornell University, according to an article this week from The Cornell Daily Sun. Story author Catherine Chmiel spoke with current student and project lead Tina He, writing:
Her junior year, Tina He ’19 was tired of checking the gym schedule everyday. The process of searching through class times and availability felt tedious.
“I thought there has to be a better way to do this,” He said.
And so He, part of project team Cornell AppDev, became the project lead for student-made fitness app Uplift. Alongside her team members, He developed Uplift, designed to help Cornell students make staying healthy on campus enjoyable.
The team behind Uplift is working on the latest version of the app, which focuses exclusively on Cornell and includes new features that allow students build easy-to-achieve routines and to learn from top student fitness influencers on campus to manage their school-health balance.
The current version of the app allows students to look at the exercise class schedule and add classes to their favorites list. However, the app is currently limited to those with Cornell gym memberships.
The new version to be launched includes a new habit-tracking feature — starting with something as simple as walking up the slope. Users can develop “streaks” when they maintain a habit, which can include physical fitness habits, such as cardio and strength, or mindfulness. …
It was a team effort that lead to the development of the app, and He attributed the design to Cornell AppDev. The group is an undergraduate project team which is dedicated to creating open-source applications that are available on the App Store and Google Play Store, according to their website.
The entrepreneurial spirit flows free on college campuses these days, and creative ideas like these could lead to the world’s next big app. For now, He and the AppDev team will stick to working out their future plans on campus.
To read Chmiel’s full writeup, click here.