When it comes to making challenging New Year’s resolutions, Josh Schwarz knows how to set the bar high and deliver results.
The Case Western Reserve University sophomore is a computer science major, and his resolution for 2011 was to create one Facebook application a week – 52 in all. To his credit, Schwarz met the goal – on time and on target.
“I’ve always been into computers,” Schwarz explains. “I’m constantly wanting to innovate, and I realized that the Facebook platform has plenty of space for lots of new ideas.”
Schwarz categorizes his 52 apps into two segments – sharing data in a new way and viewing data in a new way.
His first app – Relationship Mania – enables users to organize their friends based on their relationships -- married, single or engaged, for example. With Email Grab, you can set up a simple way to collect email addresses from visitors to your website. Using the City Friends app, you can group your friends by their current locations and plan social events accordingly.
According to Schwarz, Cartoonize Me is the most popular app. “It transforms your photos into colorful cartoons,” he says. Next up in popularity is the Mutual Friends Matrix, designed to tell users which of their friends is most popular.
Schwarz’s apps can be accessed through his website at www.amagit.com
His project has enabled him to meet many entrepreneurs and people in the technology business in Northeast Ohio and beyond. “This has been a great learning experience,” Schwarz says. “I’m determined to start my own company before graduating, so I’m aggressively pursuing technology, business and entrepreneurship experiences.” To that end, in addition to his classes, he’s an intern at JumpStart, Inc.
Next up for Schwarz is working on a service exclusively for Case students. “I want to build something that provides them recommendations for books, events, and jobs they might want to apply for,” he explains.
Source: Josh Schwarz, www.Amagit.com
Writer: Lynne Meyer