Published on 17 April 2014
Students may never again experience the sinking feeling that comes when a technical glitch – or simply hitting the wrong key – sees an important unsaved computer file suddenly disappear into thin air.
University of the Sunshine Coast Business student Julian White, 21, of Buderim has created an app that features a set-and-forget program which recognises and automatically saves all study-oriented computer files.
“I designed the app, called STUDYvault, to help students more easily and effectively make quick, reliable backups of their work,” Julian said.
Julian, a third-year Business Management student minoring in Information and Communications Technology, also operates a small home-based business called Hivemind Technology.
“My USC studies have really helped in both the IT and the business side of this project,” he said.
“STUDYvault is basically a small set-and-forget 16GB Micro USB drive that plugs into your computer and works hand-in-hand with my app to ensure reliable back-ups are made – and it is small enough to leave there all the time.
“The app can be bought on its own for people’s own devices, but I recommend the STUDYvault USB for its water-proof, drop-proof and crush-proof qualities.”
Julian is currently seeking support to market the app through a campaign on kickstarter.com – a website that brings together creators and potential backers.
He said the appeal of his app over existing options was that it recognised key words to automatically backup study-related files.
“So, it does automatically what students would otherwise have to remember to do – and it spares them the extra steps normally involved,” he said.
USC Innovation Centre’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence Dean Alle, who also organises real-world opportunities for students of the University’s New Venture Operation course, said the app’s simplicity and the ease of setting it up could see it succeed.
Dr Alle has worked with Julian through New Venture Operation and had one-on-one consultations with him independent of the coursework.
He said the support for students provided by the Innovation Centre, along with the role of Entrepreneur-in-Residence, and that of the Centre’s Mentor Panel created a “significant and unique benefit this University has over most others in Australia”.
More information on STUDYvault can be found on Julian’s website: www.hivemindtech.com.au.
— David Cameron