6 Apps Every University Of Malta Student Wishes Existed
Seriously - any programmers out there want to get on it?
The start of a new year at Uni means new lectures, new lessons, new friends... and a lot of old stresses. In an age where you can (and should be able to) do most things on your phone, it's a pity many of these issues don't have simple solutions ready programmed for use.
Here are some of our suggestions:
1. Mutual frees calculator
Working title: PlsTħallinixWaħdiQuad
Unless you're lucky enough to have all your friends in the same course, finding time to meet up and try convince each other that your lecturer is the worst by miles can be a challenge. This app would allow members to input their timetable and highlight when one or more of you have mutual frees.
2. 'Is there an empty desk in the library?'
Working title: U.O.M (U On My Desk)
It might not be needed from day one, but with every week that passes, exams creep ever closer... and desk space drops exponentially. Premium members can even have an option to evaluate decibel levels in the library.
3. Will my lecturer bother coming in today?
Working title: eSicks
Sure, at the start of every year they promise you that if your lecturer cannot make it you'll get an email informing you beforehand. But how many times have you sat in an empty hall, waiting to be educated, only to find an email 10 minutes after the lecture was supposed to begin cancelling said lecture.
This one may require a bit of divine intervention, over and above the technical programming.
4. Cat Detector
Working title: ĠiġiForever
With the sad news that UoM's pudgy, ginger baby is no longer with us (dead, not emigrated) it's time for us to embrace the many other cats at Uni as our own. Scan their tabby fur like a barcode and watch as the app pulls up all the information you need... from their name, to the time you're allowed to scratch their belly before they claw you.
5. Where should I eat?
Working Title: XebaĠuħ
An app that calculates what you should eat, and where you should go based on specific parameters set by the student. Are you rushed cause you're pretending you're in the bathroom? Did you swear you were going to start your diet this week? Do you need somewhere with good coffee cause you have a double lecture coming up? All these criteria and more will be crunched, processed and spat out with the perfect place for you to grab a bite.
6. Parking Detector
Working title: Can I f*ckin park today?
Everyone knows that parking at Uni is an absolute disaster. There is no worse feeling than doing the drive around campus, getting stuck on the ring road, and ending up parked in Birkirkara at 10:00 am for your 8:00 am lecture... and then walking past an empty space on your way to class.
This app would tell you which parking spaces are free, notify you when someone is leaving, play soothing music when the car in front of you gets the place you were eyeing, and over time gather enough data to have graphs predicting peak times and parking oases. #LivingTheDream
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Sponsored By Vodafone Malta – Mobile Student Plan YU
These apps may not yet exist, but multiple online communication avenues for complaining to all your friends about your uni woes do. So you need to make sure you never run out of data. For that Vodafone's mobile student plan, YU, has got you covered. With their plan you can ditch the public WiFi and stream your favourite songs and video clips at 4G speeds.
Here's how it works:
- You can sign up for the plan by visiting the Vodafone stand at Freshers' Week (you could win a GoPro if you do), or sign up here.
- For €7 per 4 weeks you get 2GB of data, unlimited calls to three of your BFFs even when out of credit and travelling in the EU. If you add just €5 to that plan price you'll get a 5GB allowance, an extra 1000 minutes of mobile phone time, and even extras. Have a look at the table below for all the info you need.
- If that's not enough for your social media habit it's super easy and cheap to activate the data booster add-on of 500MB for 1euro from www.vodafone.com.mt/yu or download the MyVodafone app from the Play Store or App Store. The add-on needs to be renewed every 4 weeks. Should you not purchase the data booster, the bundle rates for data are 10c/MB.
- Your YU and YU+ bundles are recurring and automatically repurchased every 4 weeks. So you don't need to worry about topping up your phone as you rush to and from Uni events.
If you have more questions head on over to Vodafone's stand at Freshers' Week. Their people will be able to help you out. Till then – good luck surviving the next academic year!