A NEW mobile app helping students navigate university life is gaining international attention and has earnt a Mundaring resident a WA young achiever award nomination.
Notis is a free website and mobile app connecting students to other students, their university, community and life through a digital noticeboard and marketplace.
App creator and father-of-two Simon Anderson said each student’s noticeboard was customised to their university, individual interests and education.
“It increases student engagement and involvement with the university giving each student a more enjoyable experience,” he said.
Students can use the app to buy and sell textbooks and personal items, find housing, jobs, internships, and tutoring, apply for grants, review courses and look up events.
Two scholarships, from Curtin Ignition and Google Entrepreneurship Australia, helped progress the app not only financially but socially as well.
“Notis has also been able to demonstrate its usefulness to multiple colleges in the US,” he said.
“Through these partnerships Notis has been able to create a positive relationship with university administration’s, helping the brand of Notis become strong.”
Mr Anderson said he and his family sold everything to move from Mundaring to North America in search of a strong student market and funding opportunities.
“This decision opened many opportunities for growth and the ability to allow us to offer a better product which can be used in the USA and Australia,” he said.
The WA launch of the app began last week with the rest of Australia to follow.
Winners from 10 award categories will be announced at the WA Young Achiever award gala dinner on Saturday May 26.
By Claire Ottaviano