On July 7th, 2015, five members of the Classy Cyborgs had the wonderful experience of going to York University to discuss with our software engineering mentors about our innovation and the next steps that we have to take regarding the software for our braille device. Disha, Rhys, Sammy, James, and I (Logan) attended this meeting with our coaches because of our interest in the programming aspect of our product, Treasure Box Braille.
On our way into the university campus, it was cool to see all the enormous buildings and all of the university students milling around (although, navigating the campus was 31rather confusing). Upon entering the Life Sciences Building, we boarded an elevator and by using a key-card ascended to the fifth floor. Then we proceeded to a lounge area where we sat down with our mentors, Will and Vahe (two awesome PhD students at Lassonde School of Engineering), to discuss how to proceed with the programming. We demonstrated the app that we developed so far and told our mentors what we want it to be able to accomplish. They recommended using Android Studio.
During our conversation, we also discovered that they created a company named UniSwipe (https://uniswipe.com/). “UniSwipe is a mobile app connected with your credit card to make your plastic smarter.” It is a “payment splitting app” that divides the costs between friends “in real time”. Be sure to check it out!
Finally, we thanked them for the advise that they provided to us and we said that they would be in contact to help support us. I’m really looking forward to our next meeting!
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