Today’s edition of The Frequency takes a look at a unique summer project pursued by one of our students in the faculty. Dabeer is a second year student in the iBioMed program and he is currently pursuing a degree in Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering.
This summer, Dabeer and his friends from various Ontario universities have been working on a website known as Virtrolio, which was recently featured in the news. Virtrolio is an online yearbook signing application that is targeted mainly at senior high school students who have lost the ability to sign each others’ yearbooks—before they split off to different post-secondary destinations—due to COVID-19 lockdowns and social distancing. Instead of a physical book, Virtrolio gives each user a ‘virtrolio’ which their friends can sign by accessing an automatically generated ‘sharing link.’ Visiting this link allows friends to send customized messages from any device with internet access to the user who sent the link. Each friend can only write one message on another person’s virtrolio in order to mimic an in-person signing experience. At any time, a Virtrolio user can privately view, save, and/or delete the messages they received from their friends, while their friends cannot see anybody else’s messages. All you need to use Virtrolio is a Google account. . The Virtrolio team worked extremely hard over the past couple months to put this together, and they hope that they have been able to leave a meaningful impact among their peers in such unprecedented times.
To conclude, Dabeer emphasizes to you, the readers, the following: “The big thing that I realized working on this project is that if you work hard, you can make anything c
ome true. My friend, who is also the founder, came to me with the idea off the top of his head like a fever dream as if none of it could ever be possible, however, when you combine the right people with the right mindset, anything is possible. Our hard work was featured on the news, which we would have never imagined months ago before we started this project. If you ever have an idea about something, get it out there and see what people think because you never know what can happen”.
Written by Taylan Dalkan