Academy of Art University: Introducing Tenderfeels

Students from the School of Game Development at the Academy of Art University, located in the city of San Francisco, California, have developed a new software program that would enable the Tenderloin District to become a virtual reality hub. The software program, called Tenderfeels, would transform the Tenderloin District into a series of information that will reflect the current condition of the people living in the area. The software program was presented to the mayor’s office of civic innovation, and the demonstration of the software program gained positive reviews from those who have witnessed how it worked. The main objective of Tenderfeels is to transform the Tenderloin District as one of the safest areas in the city, and they are hoping that the city government would take their invention to develop it further.

Four students from the Academy of Art University worked together to create Tenderfeels. The software program was their entry for an event that was sponsored by Tech in the Tenderloin and the San Francisco Salvation Army Kroc Center, two of the largest organizations in the city. The event’s primary goal is to find the best team of students who would be able to create a solution for social and civic problems in the Tenderloin District using augmented or virtual reality. Many students from different prestigious schools competed with each other, but the judges ultimately chose the Tenderfeels software application because of its uniqueness.

According to the students who created Tenderfeels, the software program can receive real-time information about the mood of the residents living in the Tenderloin District. Residents could upgrade their status, and it will be reflected in the program itself. The students who build the program revealed that the movie “Inside Out” became their inspiration in creating the feelings or the emotions listed within the application. Residents of the Tenderloin District can choose between the emotion happy, joyful, disgusted, and angry. According to the mayor’s office, this kind of application will help their social workers identify the areas within the city which needs much attention. Tenderfeels would make their jobs easier, and the government can reach more people.

ClassDojo is Changing the Communication Dynamic Amongst Parents, Students, & Teachers

Much like many other startup company, ClassDojo started as an idea. Founder Sam Chaudhary and Cofounder Liam Don worked hand-in-hand to turn this revolutionary idea into a working concept. Once the application was created, Chaudhary and Don spent their first week in California reaching out to teachers. Within a few short years, ClassDojo quickly spread across the globe, helping hundreds of thousands of education institutions communicate with parents more effectively.



Fast forward five years, ClassDojo has achieved what was never thought possible. With millions of active users, the app has helped millions of parents shorten the gap between class and home, allowing more involvement, communication, and overall participation with their children’s classwork.



Oddly enough, the company has never invested a dime in marketing, yet exceeded all expectations. By simple word of mouth marketing, the app’s popularity within the education sector has grown exponentially. According to the company, ClassDojo is active in roughly two thirds of all schools (including public, private, and charter), receiving about 500,000 downloads per day last summer alone. To date, the ClassDojo app has been downloaded in over 180 countries around the globe.



Although the app has received overwhelmingly positive feedback across both app stores, some individuals have expressed opposing views claiming that the app treats children like pets & is merely a shaming tool for teachers. However, many individuals have left positive feedback for the app, stating that this educational communication platform allows them to involve themselves in their child’s academic career. No matter which side of the fence individuals are, it’s abundantly clear that ClassDojo is changing the way parents, students, and teachers communicate.