After downloading “OOHLALA” from your app store, signing up with the app is easy and you can link it to your Facebook account for even easier use. Once you sign up you simply pick your school and you’re on your way.
The app can search your contacts and Facebook for friends who are already using the app; but why have another app with a friend list? Because this one allows you to see when you all have free time. The schedule that is built into the app allows you to compare your schedule with friends to see when the best time to meet up for studying, lunch, or other activities in no time at all. The app also imports your schedule from your phone and takes that into consideration as well. The CSA can also add their own schedules to the app, as can all clubs associated to the CSA through “OOHLALA”’s website.
Events and Clubs
The app handles all upcoming events with ease as well. The CSA or club adds an event through the website and with one click of the “event” button you can see all the upcoming events and say your attending straight from that page. Speaking of clubs if you need more info about a club or need to contact one there is a lovely list of clubs in the app with their contact info and upcoming events. How much you get out of each club’s page depends on the club and their activity through the “OOHLALA” website.
There is an inbox feature so you can chat with the friends you’ve added to the app. There is also a cool Badge system that rewards you with virtual badges for attending events and other such activities. They have no real world value, but like achievements or trophies on the Xbox 360 or PS3 we know it that, to some, that fact doesn’t matter.
There is also a virtual tour feature so newer students, or those that become lost, can find there way around campus.
There is also a “Campus Feed” feature, which is like a public wall for all of Concordia and it will unlock after twenty-five students sign up for the app.
The CSA promises some other surprises as well so look out for those.
The app is actually pretty cool and I’ll definitely be using it this year, as will “The Bolt”. I know another app on your phone might just seem like a burden, especially one that seems like another social networking app, but this app will make your life as a student just a little bit easier and there is nothing wrong with that.
For more information on the new app, click here.
I’d also like to congratulate the CSA on becoming members of the Alberta's Student Executive Council; this is huge news for the students of Concordia as the CSA will bring even bigger ideas and services to Concordia for you, the students.