Carolina students are always on the go. With their preferred drink or snack in hand, Tar Heels can always be found weaving in and out of crowded walking paths to get to their next destination.
In October of 2014, a few undergraduate students sought to connect students with each other through an app called CarolinaGO. With support from the Information Technology Services department at UNC, the app has grown to serve over 10,000 people in the community.
The information provided in this mobile app is divided into four main sections: Connect, Move, Eat and Engage. By arranging different types of Tar Heel "must knows" within a simple platform, students can easily access dining options, fitness class schedules, a map of campus and bus routes. The app has been dubbed the official UNC-Chapel Hill mobile app.
The app is run entirely by students who are passionate about carrying out its aim to serve the Carolina student body and community. To ensure that the app continues to evolve as a relevant source of information for students, an advisory board made up of students was created. Natalie Castellano, a first-year graduate student studying information science, serves on the board.
“This app is built for students by students,” said Castellano. "I think it's useful because first of all, it has a ton of information that is useful to students, and it's all consolidated into one app."