1 Oct 2020
Community driven application creates time efficient social distancing
Two alumni have collaborated to build Capacity, an application that helps people socially distance by updating the local community on how busy places are before they get there.
While studying at Loughborough, Lee came up with the idea of Capacity and sought help on how to make his idea a reality. He was supported by the University’s Enterprise Network Team to refine his idea, collaborate with others and build his network.
It was here he met Haydn Gately, a student in the School of Computer Science. Together they created a very basic version of the application. Fast-forward a few years, more people have joined the team and the app has been completely redesigned, making it free for businesses and users.
Capacity works by getting venues to share how busy they are. The application then harnesses the power of the local community for input on venue capacity and queuing times. This peer evaluated system ensures that the data is accurate and reliable, reducing crowds, makes social distancing easier and more time efficient.
It was launched over a month ago, is available worldwide, and already has millions of venues on the application. Capacity helps with social distancing, protects the vulnerable and helps boost the hospitality and retail trade. Lee and Haydn are now looking to grow Capacity to take it to the next level.
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