Entrepreneurial Alumni Are Trying to Solve Real-World Problems Through Their Own Technologies
by Jocelyn Anderson on March 26, 2019 in Science & Technology
This article originally appeared in the fall/winter 2018-19 issue of UC Davis Magazine.
MATHEW MAGNO ’18 AND CHARLES CHEN ’18 met in an engineering class at UC Davis. Among their first assignments: Think of a problem that needs solving. They immediately considered the hassles involved in parking cars.
What started as a classroom activity quickly became a viable business they call Japa. The duo created a mobile application and software system aimed at providing drivers with real-time parking availability in garages and lots. They enlisted a company to develop sensors for every parking space that communicate whether the spot is taken. Their technology can also send alerts to users when they are about to overstay and then give them the option to extend their time through the app.