Vienna student helps design app to buy and sell textbooks

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Lyndsay Criscitello from Vienna was part of a duo of James Madison University students who won first place in their category in the AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism) “Best of the Web/Best of Digital” competition. & Mass Communication).

The students (Criscitello and, from Sterling, Madeline Miller) designed the “BookBuddy” app after identifying difficulties with current textbook sales platforms as part of a course at the School of Media Arts & Design (SMAD ). The team plans to further develop and refine the app and hope to connect with the developers to make it fully functional in the future.

BookBuddy provides a centralized location for buying and selling textbooks.

The app includes features like pickup centers, contactless payment, school and background verification, and direct messaging to increase security, as well as price matching.

The duo found that the average student spends $400 a year on textbooks. Many students are eager to pass on textbooks that are no longer in use.

“Our SMAD students have won many digital design competitions, but winning first place in the app category at AEJMC is particularly significant,” said Dr. Chen Guo, whose class inspired the app.

“I am very proud of our talented students,” Guo said. “This award is recognition of their hard work, dedication and passion for user experience design. They spent a lot of time researching the subject, conceptualizing, designing and developing their ideas. »

The winning duo will receive a cash prize along with the prize and present their work at the AEJMC annual conference this month in Detroit.

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