Doris Llamas is a computer information systems senior graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree and her own company. Her app, called Awayys, took a year to develop and was born from Llamas’ own travel needs and study abroad experience.
“I discovered a big gap between the social networking and travel industry and I decided to fill it,” she said. “It is incredible for travelers, especially students, but it is also extremely useful for corporate travelers of all ages.”
Awayys allows people to find anyone, anywhere in the world from wherever they are. It is based on multiple filters and discovery-mode switches.
Users may search a city, a state or a whole country; search for people from a specific school, a specific company, or who are a specific age, gender, nationality, and more. Users can expand their search beyond their social circle (the friends of their friends) to the social circles of their friends.
“At Awayys, we want people to explore, but most importantly, we want people to connect and unite,” Llamas said. “We want people to understand that what makes this world so great and so unique is the people who live in it.”
Llamas began working on the project alone, but now has a team of 11 including Thiago Correa, an internationally recognized travel influencer from Brazil, and a collective team of students from Harvard, Rice, Baylor, The University of Texas at Austin, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas.
The app is completed and will launch by the end of May on iTunes and Google Play. For more information, visit www.awayys.com