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Study Buddy: Tutoring Gets Real Time

August 07, 2015

Education technology is evolving in leaps and bounds today thanks to the ability to connect virtually, from a distance, across IP networks. More than just the ability to access a lecture online or remotely connect to a classroom, real time communications is taking education to a whole new level of possibilities.

Some of the latest technologies in this space incorporate WebRTC, VoIP and IM for easy collaboration. Everything from student recruitment efforts in higher education, to virtual classrooms that make it possible to engage with resources from across the globe, are becoming possible.

Now, real time communications can also help with homework and studying. Vernes Okanovich and Khalil Jammal recently took part in The Kandy Throw Down event and produced a grand prize runner up application called Study Buddy.

This connected social network offers tutoring for college students so they can connect, study and more.  

For the Kandy Throwdown event, developers were challenged to use to embed real time communications (#RTC) features into their applications. A panel of industry-leading judges then tested each idea and evaluated it based on originality, use of the Kandy API, and how much it improved the original version of the app.

Kandy makes it possible to add reliable real time communications to any scenario. Easy SDKs for every developer makes achieving a human element for apps a reality.

I recently had a chance to chat with Khalil Jammal about the experience at Kandy Throw Down and what’s in store for Study Buddy in the near future.

Khalil said the idea behind Study Buddy is to help students have a better academic experience and access to resources that go beyond the traditional ones. 

“College students can find other students in their area who are studying for the MCAT, LSAT, GMAT and more. We also offer on-demand tutoring through the mobile app and make it possible for them to become a part of an academic community.”

For Kandy Throw Down, instant messaging was added as the new feature using the Android API, so users could interact and ask questions.

“Vernes managed to incorporate with our own servers, making for a seamless messaging platform,” Khalil said.

In the future, there may even be webcam capabilities added to further the real time experience for users.

“Live communication is key and Kandy helped us with that. Before we incorporated RTC, the app was incomplete. While users were able to find one another, they were not able to communicate with one another. Kandy resolved this issue.” 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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