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Siblings develop app for high school students to sign virtual yearbooks

Shared by Ana Ribeiro on 2020-07-02 22:14

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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, schools all around the world were forced to close or reduce activities, causing many students to miss out on certain traditional experiences and events that usually mark the end of the school year. One of those traditions, is the Yearbook, in which students get to sign and write messages in each other’s books, as a momentum of the year they spent together.

To make sure that this tradition could be kept, even with schools closed and while maintaining social distance, two siblings developed the HAGS (Have A Great Summer) app. As a “sibling quarantine project”, Suraya Shivji and high school senior Jameel Shivji, created an app that allows students to remotely sign an online version of the yearbook.

“Yearbooks are an important tradition that adds excitement and unity to the end of the school year”, says Suraya.

The app works in connection to Snapchat, a popular mobile app between teenagers. Jameel explains how the HAGS app works: “After joining HAGS, students are brought to their HAGS yearbook, where they can post a sticker to their Snapchat story to get yearbook signatures. Students can head to their school’s class page to see all their classmates on HAGS and even sign yearbooks directly from there“.

In addition to this online version, they are also offering the possibility for students to purchase a physical copy of their yearbook, with 100% of the profits being donated to Know Your Rights Camp.

Adapted from: https://www.dazeddigital.com/science-tech/article/49552/1/app-high-schoo...

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22-year-old Suraya Shivji and 18-year-old high school senior Jameel Shivji, with the help of 19-year-old developed James Dale, created the HAGS app - that allows high school students to have a digital version of a yearbook, signed by their friends.

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