DURHAM – Looking for a way to avoid 8 a.m. classes, University of New Hampshire computer science student Francesco Mikulis-Borsoi reached out to his friend Kristian Comer in October 2017.
Two years later, they are generating revenue with YouScheduler, a website that allows UNH students to generate a schedule that works for them. All of their demands -- including time for employment, sports, activities and meals -- can be programmed in.
“It’s just a waste of time to build your schedule by hand,” Comer said as he explained the website from their office at UNHInnovation on Madbury Road.
Mikulis-Borsoi and Comer are getting paid by UNH, which allows students to map out their schedules using the program for free. They estimate 6,500 students used it to create their schedule this fall semester.
That is about half of the college’s students.
The system works without collecting any personal data from students because they still have to go through the process of registering for their courses themselves. Mikulis-Borsoi said that anonymity is something college students want from services.
“There is no name. There is no way for anyone to see what you have searched for,” Mikulis-Borsoi said.
Now seniors, Mikulis-Borsoi and Comer have been working on YouScheduler so they can launch their service on other college campuses. They have started with testing at the University of Maryland.
Mikulis-Borsoi and Comer say their website also helps colleges by leveraging the data generated from the students building schedules. They can provide detailed reports isolating inefficiencies and offer solutions to optimize the learning experience for students and the teaching experience for professors.
Mikulis-Borsoi and Comer won the Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation to Market Competition and $10,000 in 2018. They competed in the Regional Economic Development Center’s pitch competition this May in Derry.