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New SAITSA app sets bar high for other campus apps

SAITSA President Brigitte Matheson shows off the new SAITSA app in Campus Centre on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

SAITSA President Brigitte Matheson shows off the new SAITSA app in Campus Centre on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. (Photo by Andy Maxwell Mawji/The Press)

SAITSA released a new mobile app this semester, and the makers of the app have been impressed with how fast students are downloading it and making connections.

Shona Sutherland is the communications coordinator for SAITSA and said OOHLALA Mobile, a Montreal-based company that is behind the app, was blown away by how well the app was doing in regards to downloads.

“We are so happy with the numbers and the activity on there,” said Sutherland. “We seem to be really amazing [OOHLALA Mobile] with the amount of registered users.”

“I guess that’s the most they’ve seen on any school they’ve started.”

Sutherland was pleased with how many social connections were made through the app.

“People are able to have a conversation on [the app’s] wall. So having that social part of it really helped,” said Sutherland.

This app is not the first mobile platform used by SAITSA; last year they released a CampusQuad app, but going with OOHLALA Mobile allowed the app to be SAITSA specific.

The SAITSA app has the ability for SAITSA staff to update news, events, student groups, campus deals, student information, and it also features an extensive message board for discussions, ride sharing, housing, lost and found, and a marketplace.

SAIT student Israel Maya, second year of the business administration program, felt the app is great for helping people find things and for recruiting people to join clubs.

“I like to help people,” said Maya. “So, sometimes when they’re asking [a question], if I happen to know the answer, I reply.”

Maya’s overall opinion of the app is positive.

“It’s really useful and addictive.”

Maya would like to see the app more accommodating towards individual classes, and being able to talk to your classmates, personally.

“It could be a little easier on the chat part and being able to contact your classmates,” says Maya. “I’m guessing all people have not added their classes.”

Alyrah Lobo, first year business administration student, found the student feed entertaining, but she would like to see the app be more schedule friendly.

“I hoped it would link my schedule directly on that app,” said Lobo.

Other than that, Lobo is pleased with a platform to promote her club.

“I guess I’m going to use the app to promote the international student club,” said Lobo. “Because, I am one of the executives of the international student club,”

Her overall opinion of the app remained clear.

“It’s very positive. Very. It’s excellent.”

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