Computer Science student Nnamdi Ekwe-Ekwe launches a UK-wide app today, that frees up your time to do what you want to do rather than what you have to do. Shrowze is an app that provides everyone with their own human personal assistant to help them with whatever they need to do. It is the Human Personal Assistant you summon by text.
Nnamdi a PhD student in the School, built Shrowze in response to how long he saw it took people (himself included) to complete tasks that should be simple and straightforward (such as finding accommodation, booking a flight, organising and booking a meal, getting a plumber, etc.)
“As a full-time student I’ve always wanted to have more time for myself and concentrate on the truly important things, while not neglecting the numerous commitments I have every day – a problem shared by millions the world over. I just remember spending lots of time on routine everyday things that needed doing, when instead I could have been spending my time more usefully.”
With Shrowze, whatever it is you need doing, whatever it is you need getting, from wherever in the world, their team of human personal assistants can help – all you have to do is send a text. Shrowze has been trialed over the past 6 months with the general public and with students, receiving great feedback.
“Hi, I’m looking for accommodation for next year. This is my budget, and it’s going to be 4 of us sharing. Can you give us some potential places and book us viewings?”
“Hi, can you find me cheap flights to Barcelona for next week? And accommodation, and also give me a list of things to do there?”
“Hi, can you book me the best but cheapest taxi to the station? Three of us are going, we have two pieces of luggage!”
Shrowze is now live for all users across the country. For the next two weeks, anybody who signs up with Shrowze, will get 1 hour free time to have access to their own human personal assistant. Additionally, all students get a special 50% discount for as long as they are a student to use Shrowze.
Website – https://www.shrowze.co.uk/
Nnamdi Ekwe-Ekwe completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester before studying for his Masters in Advanced Computer Science at the University of St Andrews and is currently a PhD student with a focus on Cloud Computing.
Text and images courtesy of Darcy Roberts, Communications Team, Shrowze and Nnamdi.
Congratulations to Alexander Murashko, who successfully defended his thesis last week. Alexander is pictured with External Examiner, Professor Paul McKevitt from Ulster University, Internal Examiner Dr Kasim Terzic, Convener Professor Alan Dearle and Supervisor Dr John Thomson.
Image courtesy of Annemarie Paton.
Congratulations to the Masters Class of 2017, and MPhil student Yunjia Wang, who graduated last week. Each year, students are invited to a reception in Computer Science, to celebrate their achievement and reflect on their time in the School.
Our graduates move on to a wide variety of interesting and challenging employment and further study opportunities, and we wish them all well with their future careers.
We invite our graduating students and their relatives to join us next Thursday, between 12 and 3.30 in the Jack Cole coffee area, for a glass of fizz to celebrate graduation. We look forward to seeing you soon.
- When: 7th December 2017 12:00 - 15:30
- Where: Cole Coffee Area
The School will celebrate more student successes and accomplishments next week, when our recent MSc and PhD students graduate. We look forward to toasting their success at our graduation reception in the School of Computer Science, next Thursday afternoon, between 12 and 3.30. Over the years graduation has involved cakes, fizz, laughter, changeable weather and lots of reminiscing as pictured below. For family and friends who can’t make it to graduation ceremonies, the University broadcasts each graduation ceremony live.
Congratulations to Adam Barwell, who successfully defended his thesis yesterday. Adam’s thesis was supervised by Professor Kevin Hammond. He is pictured with second supervisor Dr Christopher Brown, Internal examiner Dr Susmit Sarkar and external examiner Professor Susan Eisenbach from Imperial College, London.
November 2002, and plans were unveiled in the university news, for a new computer science building. Stages of the build were photographed for posterity.
Fast forward to March 2005, and the Jack Cole building was officially opened by the then First Minister, Jack McConnell. The building was named after the founder of Computer Science at St Andrews, Professor Alfred Jack Cole.
Congratulations to our student representatives for 2017/8, elected by their peers last month. Our Reps are integral to the proactive communication channel between staff and the students and also chair and run the Staff-Student Consultative Committee (SSCC) held each semester within the School.
- Lewis Mazzei (1st year, minutes)
- Beatrice Olivera (1st year, minutes)
- Jamie Bell (2nd year, careers)
- Gergely Flamich (School President)
- Arnold Haidu (MSc, library)
- Stacey Izmaylova (3rd year, social)
- Xu Zhu (PhD, Postgrad)
- Keno Schwalb (4th year)
- Paul McKay (Evening)
Image courtesy of Ula Rustamova
Vicky Robinson, a valued member of our admin team, has departed for pastures new. Vicky and colleagues are pictured earlier this month, enjoying some nibbles and fizz, to mark her last day. Staff also organised an informative and enjoyable Gin tasting courtesy of Luvians. Fare thee well Vicky, thanks for all the hard work, and have a fabulous new adventure in Cyprus.