A free app created by University of North Texas alumni is helping students at six universities across the U.S. navigate most every aspect of campus life.
Mochila: Campus in Your Pocket maps campus buildings and includes listings organized by dining, colleges and computer lab hours. The app, created by Trey Tartt and Adam Selby, also has a university events calendar, campus news and bus schedules.
Mochila, which means “backpack” in Spanish, launched Jan. 25 at UNT, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California, Texas Tech and Cornell. Tartt said the schools were chosen based on whether there were competing apps and how many students were on campus every day.
“UNT has never had an app that has this information,” said Tartt, who earned his master of science in computer engineering in 2010, adding that Mochila was designed for smartphones and mobile devices.
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Selby, who graduated in 2014 with a bachelor’s in strategic communication with an advertising concentration, said they chose the name because they wanted to convey the idea that the app is as important as a backpack for students.
Rahim Jesani, a logistics and supply chain major at UNT, uses Mochila.
He lives in off-campus apartments in Denton and uses the bus route feature often.
“I’m always looking at the shortest possible time that I can leave my apartment and get to my bus,” he said. “I like the fact that the bus times are on there and it tells me when the next bus is going to leave the Business Leadership Building.”
Jesani said the only problem he has had is occasional crashes. Tartt said that should be fixed soon.
Tartt said Mochila makes money through advertising in a space at the bottom of the app.
While Tartt handled the technical side of Mochila, Selby focused on how the information is displayed.
Tartt said the app took 11 months to build and is available on iOS and Android devices.
In the first week, Selby and Tartt said, the app got about 1,000 downloads across all six schools, mostly from UNT students.
Christian Boschult: 817-390-0777, @CBOSCH192