BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston alum, Andrew Savino '15, is vying for a spot as a semi-finalist in an Ericsson app competition. His team created an app that will connect people with the community by directly connecting consumers to local businesses. Ericsson will award a scholarship to fund the development of the app to the group that receives the most votes. Voting closes December 16.

Click here to vote. 

Problem: As cities increase in size, it is important to create technology that will allow us to connect to the services that the city provides us. Local businesses are integral in invigorating local economies and sustaining and growing today’s market, while creating a more positive social atmosphere and unique culture; however, they are an underutilized resource and there needs to be an innovation that allows consumers to interact with local businesses and services more effectively.

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Description of App: This innovation is geared towards connecting people with their communities by providing a consolidated view of inventories of local businesses and allowing individuals to search for a product or service and find the appropriate local business with company details and location. This app differs from similar products in that it would be focused on customers but partnered with local businesses to market themselves, not wholly based on reviews, and would disallow corporate chains from enlisting.

Savino worked along with Derrick Ogola, Madison Stoecker and Benjamin Strozewski.

Do you want to support this team and their innovation? You can only vote once per team. The team with the most votes by 00:00 CET December 17 will make it automatically to the semi-finals of the competition.

Reach out to ericsson.innovation.awards@ericsson.com if you experience any issues in the voting process.