Sophomore Programmer Creates Penn State Student App
With hundreds of new phone applications hitting the market every day, it was only a matter of time until one was published specifically for Penn State students. My Links at State is a new app for Apple products that allows you to navigate the most important and relevant pages for Penn State students like ANGEL, eLion, and eLiving.
Sophomore computer science major Vedant Tiwari created the app in his West Halls dorm room last spring as a way to practice his coding skills, but before long, he realized it could be more than a small personal project. He was soon working to gain the necessary permissions from the university to allow the app to go public. Upon arriving at Penn State, Tiwari scoured the App Store on his iPhone looking for any apps that would help him enhance his college experience. After hours of discussion with his roommate Adam Defazio, Tiwari decided to design “My Links.”
Tiwari claims his affinity for computers and coding began with his father, a computer programmer by trade. Like many in his field, Tiwari says that as a kid he always needed to know how something worked. Following in his father’s footsteps, Tiwari took a programming internship this summer at one of the biggest firms on Wall Street.
Since its release in March of this year, the app has been downloaded over 6,000 times. Tiwari says that the app really took off during this year’s second summer session and that the enthusiasm for his creation has only increased this fall. Although he uses the app primarily as a way to practice his coding, when asked if he had thoughts of expansion, he remarked that he was certainly open to the possibility.
When asked if he saw Onward State on the app in the future, the creator said, “Hey, why not?”
It has since been confirmed that the next update of the app will indeed contain a link to our site. The app is available for free in the Apple App Store.