Making friends and networking can be a challenge for many students, and this has become increasingly difficult with limited face-to-face interactions during a pandemic.
KemNu is a social platform that allows people to connect around fun and exciting activities.
The platform’s co-founders, Viraj Patel and Vishwa Mudigonda, wanted to create something to help students struggling with networking like they did when they started their undergraduate journey in 2013.
“We were excited freshmen. We wanted to go out, network, make new friends and party, ”Mudigonda said. “This is what college was meant to be, the place where it will be the best time of our lives. But we soon realized that it was extremely difficult to make new friends and connect with organizations.
Mudigona realized that little information about the organizations was available online. There was no dedicated platform to view a list of organizations, find club meeting times or contact details for those organizations. The KemNu team decided to create a solution.
KemNu, which means “What’s up? or “How are you?” ” in the Gujarati language, is marketed as the ultimate college platform to bring students and organizations together at exclusive college, university and other educational events.
A Georgia State student will only see Georgia State events by registering with their student email address. The platform goes further by rewarding student engagement.
The more users participate in events hosted on KemNu, the more points they receive, and those points earn rewards. The team has partnered with various small businesses in Georgia to offer exclusive discounts only available through the app.
According to research from KemNu, there has been a 50% drop in student engagement with college organizations on campus since 2016. They found this data before COVID-19, and now the numbers are much more. low.
KemNu wants to make student engagement easier and more convenient while emphasizing social interaction, challenging other sites like Panther Involvement Network, GroupMe and Discord.
“[On KemNu] you can have conversations with members of the organization, publish the events live on the platform, have conversations, collect payments for paid events and you can skip or add an event to your schedule ”, said Marketing Director Salina Patel.
It also has robust security backed by Google Cloud with encrypted data so that even developers cannot access it. The app also encourages students to get verified before committing to campus. Students must submit a live selfie through the in-app system, and KemNu’s highly trained employees will personally review them to approve their profiles.
The whole concept of the platform has changed to rebuild campus life after the pandemic, as many students may wonder whether or not they can have a meaningful college experience.
“We allow you to find your community through this platform. [If] you love to code, you can check all the coding stuff and filter events and organizations accordingly, ”Mudigona said. “We’re making it easier and faster for students to find their communities than ever before. “