New USD School of Business App is for this Summer’s “IN” Crowd

New USD School of Business App is for this Summer’s “IN” Crowd

The University of San Diego School of Business wants to ask a question: Are you are ready to be part of this summer's "IN" crowd?

School of Business AppA new free mobile application has been created exclusively for current and incoming undergraduate and graduate USD business students to actively engage this summer with each other and to have access to 30+ valuable workshops to enhance their skillset and mindset during the current crisis.

Geared to "INspire, INterconnect, INvigorate” and to provide “INsight," the IN mobile app serves as a personal conference app, enabling students to stay in touch with USD School of Business professors, classmates and school officials by way of the virtual workshops.

Upon downloading the app — available for iPhone and Android smartphones — you can choose webinars from 10 different tracks. Choose from business-specific topics such as marketing, entrepreneurship, economics, finance, supply chain, international business, business analytics and accounting. There are also tracks for health/wellness and career development.

Full Circle: IN App Created by USD Business Alumnus

The IN app is currently being piloted for only USD School of Business students, but the app was created by a double graduate alumnus from Spain, David Jimenez Burgos, who earned both an MBA and MS in Finance in 2018. He was also the top-prize money winner — $22,000 — for the 2017 USD Venture Vetting (V2) Pitch Competition with his idea of a mobile app concept for health- and diet-conscious eaters know what menu options were available before choosing a restaurant. 

Burgos moved on from that app after graduating from USD but he used some of his V2 winnings to start his own company, Momento Solutions, which creates "apps and software solutions that take event planning and event communication to the next level."

His job experience history connected to mobile apps dates back to 2011 with software engineering and developer positions. He said it took him a year to develop what has ultimately become the IN app. He did do some event programming for the 2019 USD V2 competition and had looked into opportunities to create event-focused apps both on and off-campus but the timing wasn't right — until now.

The 31-year-old Burgos, who lives in Madrid, Spain and works for Virscient as director of smart mobile solutions in Europe, said the opportunity to work with his graduate alma mater in business is a fitting way to support and assist today’s business students with an important technology tool that adds to their professional development.

"This is very special to give back, give students something to make their lives easier," Burgos said. "When I was a student I do remember receiving so many emails about events. This app allows the entire school to reach them easier since the information is all in one place."

All IN to Support Business Students

Indeed, ever since the COVID-19 pandemic forced university to shift to remote teaching and move all students off campus mid-spring semester, the USD School of Business has been working hard to provide opportunities for its current students and alumni to benefit.

There were many virtual series, The Resilient Entrepreneur, The Lifelong Learning series and the Virtual International Speakers, to name a few, created almost overnight for much of the latter part of the spring semester. There’s even an economics of COVID-19 class being offered this summer for business students. Since all USD’s summer classes are also happening online, IN app workshops are a perfect virtual complement.

Through the IN app, the school encourages students to gain professional development as well as pick up Passport points that are required for graduation. Besides workshops there are also networking opportunities and skills programming that can help you now and in the future.

"This initiative is yet another example of our School of Business team coming together to deliver on an outstanding, personalized, and highly nurturing academic experience for our students," said USD School of Business Dean Tim Keane. "The IN app will provide easy access to highly relevant business workshops giving students a chance to connect with and learn from the top business leaders in the region."

Talk about being part of the “IN” crowd. Downloading the new mobile app is a clear advantage for all USD School of Business Toreros.

— Ryan T. Blystone

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