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NJIT Student App Guide: Part 1 – The Specs

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The motto of the company has always been “For the Students, by the Students”. That’s what Ernest Grzybowski and Ebenezer Ackon lived by as they set off to create and implement NJIT’s first widely-available student application. A little over five years of programming, garnering feedback from fellow students, and negotiating deals with NJIT, the app has hit both the iPhone’s App Store and Android Store.

“NJIT Student Guide” is the one touch application for contact information, up-to-date map of campus, early access to what is being served at GDS and a mobile version of the Vector website. It’s free for everyone to download and runs on an automated system that allows for it to run without micromanagement of content.

Future implementations will include a real-time update of train schedules and a quick link to listen to WJTB radio on the go. Currently, they are still in their first phases and welcome any feedback that students are offering at the time to improve the applications.

Current Functionality:

As stated before, the NJIT Student Guide currently consists of a quick list of contact information to different departments and services around campus; an up-to-date campus map; a daily list of what will be served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; and a list of Vector articles that you can read on the go with quick links to the website.

Functionality and appearance does not vary between the iOS and Android versions of the application. On the front screen, you are presented with the current weather and temperature at NJIT and in the top right hand corner you can send suggestions directly to the creators after you set up your e-mail account with the application.

Below is quick list of the four current functions that the application has – the Train Schedule tab will be added in early March. Selecting any of the other four options will automatically swipe to the subsidiary page.

In the Contacts tab, you will be able to immediately gain access to call any of the following services around NJIT from Public Safety to CAPE to Residence Life. Simply tap any of the contacts to start a call.

The GDS page has an up-to-date menu of items that is updated before 7AM for breakfast; around 10:30AM for lunch; and around 4:30PM for dinner. Working with GDS to provide this information will allows student advance notice on what dishes will be brought out and keep track of their favorites throughout the semester.

Articles from the Vector website are populated from this page and the list is updated daily to reflect any change or additions that have occurred within the last 24 hours. If you would like to read an article in class or on the train, tap on any of the stories to get started.

Simple and easy to understand, this 2-Dimensional map can help first semester students navigate around campus and additionally has a quick link on the bottom to help set up your GPS to navigate you directly to NJIT’s parking deck without the hassle of adding in an address.