OneHeart receives smart phone app thanks to community collaboration
Now days, smartphones and their many apps are often necessities for people of all socio-economic classes as a way to stay connected to the outside world and soon that will apply to the future guests at OneHeart Campus.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — OneHeart – a place for hope and healing aims to create upward mobility for people in poverty to work toward a brighter future.
Soon the campus will have a Smartphone App that future guests will be able to easily connect with OneHeart staff and receive notifications, like weather related information.
Students at South Dakota Mines began developing a mobile application for OneHeart last year. Students Josh Duklet and Emily Parks began working on the app as a part of their Senior Design Project under the supervision of school of mines alumni, Jeremy Warner of Omnitech– a local software engineering firm.
Then once those students graduated, two more students, Kendrick Thompson and Daniel Tesch, jumped in where they left off.
The project is serving as a asset to OneHeart and also benefiting the SDSM&T students.
Jeremy Warner, Omnitech Engineers, says, “We are excited because we get to help support the community, you know OneHeart gets work done and the students get honestly an excellent team to work with – they have been excellent to work with – so it’s kind of a win, win all around.”
The app’s current features include messaging and group messaging, the ability to receive announcements from OneHeart staff, and an information section for quick access to OneHeart resources. The app will also have security features for the guests.
Julie Oberlander, OneHeart Communications Director, says, “The partnerships with both Omitech and SD Mines are just proof of something we have said all along, which is that One Heart is a community project, so we have lots of individuals and different entities involved, and they they have been involved for a long time. It’s just really amazing and I think we live in a community with one of the best science and engineering schools in our backyard, so to be able to harness those bright minds and know that they are willing to contribute to this campus project is just truly amazing.”
The App has been a work in progress for just over a year, and now OneHeart staff will begin training on the app as the developers are preparing to launch in the near future.