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Travel Companion App

Cornell Tech Start-up Studio

Advisors : Bloomberg

Timeline : 3 months

Project Team :

Aliya Ganghi (MBA),

Anita Lyn (Architecture),

Claire Boguslawski (UX/UI)

Kevin Pratana (CS)

GoPal

Cornell Tech

+ Bloomberg

Product Studio at Cornell Tech :

 

What’s the best way to get real-world product development experience?

Develop product ideas that respond to the strategic business needs of companies and organizations.

Product Studio is a mandatory course for all master’s students at Cornell Tech. During the semester,  we worked on a team to develop a new tech product in response to a challenge posed by a real company (in our case - Bloomberg). We experienced first-hand how the product development process works in the real world and started to build a product which makes life a little easier and safer.

Our advisors from Bloomberg gave us this Challenge :

How might we help people reduce anxieties when taking public transportations as we re-open cities?

GoPals product narrative :

84% of women around the world experience street harassment for the first time before they are 17 years old. This results in women spending an additional $26-50 per month for a safer commute home. Taking Uber rides is financially unsustainable. GoPal aims to solve the problem by pairing female riders (ages 16+) during their commutes. We want to provide a more affordable and safer alternative to get home. There is safety in numbers.

Parsons Major Studio 2

Timeline : 9 weeks

Project Team : Solo

GoPal

+Google Maps

GoPal as a feature

for Google Maps

GoPal

After our final presentations at Cornell Tech & at Bloomberg, we realized that it would be difficult to build this platform as we really depend on fast pairing times - which meens we need many users from the start to make this work. So we thought about adding GoPal as a possible feature to an existing app. After the semester and our project with Bloomberg ended, I decided to keep working on it and actually build the prototype with Figma.