Everyone has a different set of interests. And Northeastern, which has over 400 student clubs, fields 16 varsity teams, and hosts dozens of academic events every week on the Boston campus, probably has something for you. But there’s no single place to find what’s happening with all of them.
Northeastern students Josh Spicer and Carter Tune believe they have found a solution: They have created Parade, a mobile app that functions as a one-stop shop for all things Northeastern.
Parade, which is available on the App Store and Google Play, collects events from student organizations, the athletics program, and academic departments on campus and displays them to users based on their preferred interests.
“There are hundreds of student clubs at Northeastern and there’s no way to find new clubs and discover new events all year long,” says Spicer, who is studying computer science at Northeastern. “The goal was to create an activities fair all year long on your phone.”
Over the past eight months, Spicer and Tune have been working with IDEA, the student-led business accelerator at Northeastern, to craft a business model. IDEA also helped launch a beta test of Parade in the spring semester of 2019, in which Spicer and Tune enlisted 100 clubs and amassed 600 users.
Spicer says that his goal is to bring the website to every college and university in the world.
“Going forward, we can envision this at any university campus,” he says. “There’s a need in almost all schools around the country, and around the world.”
Spicer and Tune came up with the idea for Parade after they realized how hard it was to reach large audiences and find information about upcoming events in one centralized location.
Spicer, who sits on the executive board for three clubs on campus, says it wasn’t until he became a student leader that he realized how difficult it was to market events for his clubs. Tune, who transferred to Northeastern in 2017, says he attended the involvement fair that’s held each semester, but had trouble finding information about events on campus.
“Northeastern has a lot of transfer students who don’t necessarily have an on-campus network,” says Tune, who is also studying computer science. “That’s another thing we help with, providing all campus events instead of just the ones your friends are going to.”