Monday Blues – day 22 of BOI accelerator

I had a great weekend that involved an evening swimming at the beach. It was freezing cold but increadibly refreshing. Just what was needed to re-energise teh cells and prepare for another week on the rollercoaster that is the BOI accelerator!

We had a few meetings today that were used to gauge our progress. Some of the mentors seem to be suggestion different directions. Our job is to pick the best direction from them all or merge a few together and plough on. It is a difficult task for an established company, but quite the challenge for a startup.

These are the days we remember the app we created, “Motivation Roulette” :)

http://closr.com/motivation/

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Friday fun, day 19 of BOI accelerator

As per usual we had our 121 mentoring session.

Bottom line is we are working super hard, but those first few US members are really difficult to recruit. Hard to work harder than super hard, but we, as always, are up for it!

Our blog post about the top 9 apps for college students got picked up and will be broadast on a few US collegiate sites over the next few days. This should get our message out to a few hundred thousand users.

Finally, we had interviewed and hired our latest intern, welcome Christine,  our new Marketing Executive :)

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Wet and Muddy – Day17 @ BOI accelerator

After a morning of hard coding, we were taken to the Oysterhaven outdoor pursuit center (https://www.oysterhaven.com/) to release some pent up tension. Not much to say about this except competition was fierce mud was cold, rivers and swamps were wet but the craic was mighty. Fantastic day had by all, and a great way to reallycement friendships with the other teams. A cold beer after the days activities was one of the best I have ever had.

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Day 15, another new approach!

Week 3 started with some new goals. We have had some moderate success in our challange to target a very specific US market demographic, but now we are going to attempt to target them from another direction. This is really very challenging for a couple of tech heads, but we are up for it. It can sometimes feel like we are learning so much but not really getting anywhere, but we know that eventually it will all come together and we will fly into overdrive.

Feels a little like take off on an aircraft carrier… our engines are revving louder and louder and sometime soon we will just take off.

The TOP 9 Apps for College Students.

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So you have finally made it, you have figured out what to wear, who to hang out with, what classes to take etc. but perhaps most important of all is what apps to install on your smartphone! Don’t fret, we have come up the the ultimate list of the the very best Apps you need to get you through college. Why a list of 9, why not :)

CamScanner
You are late to class, do you tediously copy your friends notes or do you scan them with your phone! CamScanner lets you scan these documents and then tidies things up a bit. You can then share your scan via email or for a nominal fee you can even fax it if you need to. (Free for Android). https://www.camscanner.com/

Share Your Board
Fantastic app that gives you an alternative to taking notes in class. ShareYourBoard simply allows you to take a picture of any white board in sight—it helps to snag a good seat toward the front of class—and this app will adjust the white balance to give you a crystal-clear snapshot of that day’s lesson. Then it’s up to you to decipher your professor’s chicken-scratch. (Free for Android). https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sphericbox.syb&hl=en

Closr
But if you do happen to be stuck at the back of the class why not get closer with Closr? With Closr all the images taken from your current location are shared with the immediate “Crowd” regardless of social connections. If you are at the back of the class Closr can show you the photo taken at the front of the class. Change the location on the map and see what is going on in other classrooms, the cafeteria or the even hottest Nightclub in town! Take a photo and contribute to the biggest photo album in the world. Way more than photo sharing. (Free on Android and coming soon on iPhone). http://www.closr.com

DrinkOwl
If you can’t find the hottest nightclub in town you could always stay in. DrinkOwl not only finds all the open liquor stores and bars nearby, it also lists the specials at each place. Perfect for cash-strapped college students in major metro areas. New Yorkers, may you never fork over a fortune for a JD and coke again. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.drinkowl.com/

Scoutmob
But what will you have to wash down your cheap booze? Pizza is the usual go to but if you can find better why not go for that? Scoutmob brings you the newest, most budget-friendly deals at plenty of nearby eateries. As soon as you walk into any eatery, your GPS-enabled phone will alert you if there’s a Scoutmob deal on the menu—or if there are better deals nearby. Scoutmob is not only about food though. Plenty of other deals will appear! (Free for Android and iPhone). http://scoutmob.com/mobile

Amazon Student
But let’s talk about textbook deals! Textbooks can cost a hell of a lot! This Amazon app will keep your cash in your wallet safe and sound for happy hour: Snap a photo of your book’s barcode, and it’ll tell you how and where to get it cheaper. Best of all, you can sell back your old used textbooks in exchange for Amazon gift cards. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000709011

myHomework
So you have your textbooks at a competitive price, now you just need to get fully organised for study. myHomework lets you enter all class information down to the room and building, of the class. It creates schedules for you and syncs that with the due dates for assignments on certain class days. You can even order your calendar by readings, quizzes, tests, homework, etc. And if that is not enough for you… it is even color coded for sheer awesomeness. (Free on iPhone and Android). https://myhomeworkapp.com/

AnyList
While we are on the subject of getting organised… how about getting organised with your roommates! This app is great for those college students in shared accommodation. AnyList creates sharable grocery lists between roommates and even categorizes all of the food in the list. At any time, those sharing the list can cross something off. So, if you’re on your way back from class and grab milk at the store, you can cross that off and your roommates won’t pick it up also. (Free for iPhone). https://www.anylistapp.com/

Mint
So now you are organised for college, photography, partying, finding cheap liquor, and settling arguments with housemates. What is the last remaining most important thing for college students? Yep… Money… The Mint app is an amazing tool for budgeting and keeping your finances straight. It lets you connect your banking accounts, credit cards, and everything to keep tabs on your balances and expenses. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.mint.com

So there you have it. The ultimate 9 apps you need to stay ahead of the curve while in college. If you find this post useful feel free to tweet, favourite, like and share and we’ll call it quits.

The Top 9 Apps for College Students, in order of need!

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So you have finally made it, you have figured out what to wear, who to hang out with, what classes to take etc. but perhaps most important of all is what apps to install on your smartphone! Don’t fret, we have come up the the ultimate list of the the very best Apps you need to get you through college. Why a list of 9, why not :)

CamScanner
You are late to class, do you tediously copy your friends notes or do you scan them with your phone! CamScanner lets you scan these documents and then tidies things up a bit. You can then share your scan via email or for a nominal fee you can even fax it if you need to. (Free for Android). https://www.camscanner.com/

Share Your Board
Fantastic app that gives you an alternative to taking notes in class. ShareYourBoard simply allows you to take a picture of any white board in sight—it helps to snag a good seat toward the front of class—and this app will adjust the white balance to give you a crystal-clear snapshot of that day’s lesson. Then it’s up to you to decipher your professor’s chicken-scratch. (Free for Android). https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sphericbox.syb&hl=en

Closr
But if you do happen to be stuck at the back of the class why not get closer with Closr? With Closr all the images taken from your current location are shared with the immediate “Crowd” regardless of social connections. If you are at the back of the class Closr can show you the photo taken at the front of the class. Change the location on the map and see what is going on in other classrooms, the cafeteria or the even hottest Nightclub in town! Take a photo and contribute to the biggest photo album in the world. Way more than photo sharing. (Free on Android and coming soon on iPhone). http://www.closr.com

DrinkOwl
If you can’t find the hottest nightclub in town you could always stay in. DrinkOwl not only finds all the open liquor stores and bars nearby, it also lists the specials at each place. Perfect for cash-strapped college students in major metro areas. New Yorkers, may you never fork over a fortune for a JD and coke again. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.drinkowl.com/

Scoutmob
But what will you have to wash down your cheap booze? Pizza is the usual go to but if you can find better why not go for that? Scoutmob brings you the newest, most budget-friendly deals at plenty of nearby eateries. As soon as you walk into any eatery, your GPS-enabled phone will alert you if there’s a Scoutmob deal on the menu—or if there are better deals nearby. Scoutmob is not only about food though. Plenty of other deals will appear! (Free for Android and iPhone). http://scoutmob.com/mobile

Amazon Student
But let’s talk about textbook deals! Textbooks can cost a hell of a lot! This Amazon app will keep your cash in your wallet safe and sound for happy hour: Snap a photo of your book’s barcode, and it’ll tell you how and where to get it cheaper. Best of all, you can sell back your old used textbooks in exchange for Amazon gift cards. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000709011

myHomework
So you have your textbooks at a competitive price, now you just need to get fully organised for study. myHomework lets you enter all class information down to the room and building, of the class. It creates schedules for you and syncs that with the due dates for assignments on certain class days. You can even order your calendar by readings, quizzes, tests, homework, etc. And if that is not enough for you… it is even color coded for sheer awesomeness. (Free on iPhone and Android). https://myhomeworkapp.com/

AnyList
While we are on the subject of getting organised… how about getting organised with your roommates! This app is great for those college students in shared accommodation. AnyList creates sharable grocery lists between roommates and even categorizes all of the food in the list. At any time, those sharing the list can cross something off. So, if you’re on your way back from class and grab milk at the store, you can cross that off and your roommates won’t pick it up also. (Free for iPhone). https://www.anylistapp.com/

Mint
So now you are organised for college, photography, partying, finding cheap liquor, and settling arguments with housemates. What is the last remaining most important thing for college students? Yep… Money… The Mint app is an amazing tool for budgeting and keeping your finances straight. It lets you connect your banking accounts, credit cards, and everything to keep tabs on your balances and expenses. (Free for Android and iPhone). http://www.mint.com

So there you have it. The ultimate 9 apps you need to stay ahead of the curve while in college. If you find this post useful feel free to tweet, favourite, like and share and we’ll call it quits.