Inspired by the Microsoft Imagine Cup and our own personal struggles.

The Microsoft Imagine Cup is a competition where students create new and innovative solutions using the latest technologies to help solve everyday problems. This year our team and placed third in the Australasian finals, giving us the opportunity to compete in the world finals this July with a prize pool of over $100,000 USD.

The idea for UniRide initially began due to an issue that faced in our everyday lives. As three students living outside of the CBD we experienced the hassle of commuting to university each day. Public transport was slow, unreliable but most importantly boring. When we began searching for alternatives we discovered carpooling- a faster, cheaper and more social alternative. But we soon realised an immediate problem was present. How do you find students who have similar timetables to you, travelling in the same direction and that you can also easily get along with? It quickly became apparent that an app like UniRide was the solution.

A little bit about what we've accomplished...

We have currently progressed through two stages of the Imagine Cup competition, placing highly in the New Zealand finals and then taking out 3rd place in the Australasian finals. Our vision is now set on Seattle and the World Finals, as we prepare to compete against over 50 teams from all across the world.

We have officially partnered with Parkable, a rapidly expanding New Zealand company that facilitates hundreds of parking spots around the Auckland CBD. We plan to initiate an ongoing promotion that will allow UniRide carpoolers to enjoy convenient parking locations at discounted rates.

We have also teamed up with the University of Auckland for integration with their API which will allow students to seamlessly import their timetables and courses into UniRide. This helps our app make more accurate recommendations for potential carpools based on the compability of your start and finish times each day.

Meet the team

A group of 3 software engineers from the University of Auckland, working together to create something great.

Sukhans Asrani

I’m a curious and passionate hobbyist programmer currently in Part II Software Engineering at the University of Auckland. I’ve always been interested in learning how to implement new technologies and how I can use those implementations to solve real problems. My past experience stems mostly from personal hobbyist projects and I’m currently working part-time as a contractor at DATACOM.

Andrew Hu

I am a 2nd year student studying a BE(Hons)/BCom conjoint at the University of Auckland. I am specialising in Software Engineering and majoring in Finance. I have a passion for problem solving especially when it comes to thinking of solutions to make our everyday lives better. I enjoy working in teams and love watching a project go from simply an idea to a reality.

Winston Zhao

I’m Winston Zhao, currently a third-year student at the University of Auckland, studying software engineering. I’ve always been passionate about programming was really excited that I was able to find a field of study that helped me pursue that passion. My role in the team is the front-end designer, which means creating the layouts and managing how the user experiences the app. I did an internship for a Huawei contractor.


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