At Tuesday’s senior class meeting, a student-created app was used to hold the parking lottery for seniors who wish to park on campus when parking is opened to them later this month.
“We saw a need for a digitized parking system and sought to provide an efficient solution for students, faculty and administrators,” said Johnny Wang, grade 11, who created the app with fellow junior Cameron Jones. Seniors had their names entered into the app, which used “an efficient algorithm to randomly shuffle the students,” Wang said. The name of each selected student would then appeared on a projector, and he or she would be prompted to choose a space from the ones that were available. As an added convenience, the app simultaneously updates Harker’s parking database.
Wang and Jones worked closely with the Office of Student Affairs to develop the app, which impressed student affairs assistant head Greg Lawson. “They’ve got other plans for adding features to this on the back end as well,” he said. “It’s fascinating.”