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Sociolus case study

Background

Sociolus is a new social network that condenses an individuals' online activity into one place and turns it into a game.

Instead of visiting numerous sites to see various social feeds, Sociolus gives it all on their site. The amount of online activity directly drives a person's 'Sociolus factor' – so the more social they are, the more rewards they get. It becomes a competition with friends and other users – and the winners get real prizes.

The projects

Before Sociolus introduced its new concept to the market, it needed a pre-launch website to promote its concept and attract users, partners and investors.

The Sociolus team had heard that there was a wealth of IT talent at Sheffield Hallam, and that there was an innovative work experience programme that matched IT talent to real life businesses.

How our students got involved

The company took on students from the Sri Lankan Institute of Technology on a consultancy basis. They were all studying their final year of a BSc in Computer Software Engineering with us.

The students managed the project, which involved

  • Using an agile methodology to implement a content management system with user supplied content
  • Installing and configuring additional tools such as a feedback system and mailing list functionality
  • Implementing a theme
  • Working around compatibility issues with software

Benefits to our students

The students benefited from

  • Exposure to a real working environment
  • Working with real world clients with strict deadlines
  • Skype calls and meetings with the clients
  • Requirement gathering from several different sources
  • Exposure to new technologies and methodologies they had never used before
  • A chance to implement their newly learned AGILE methodology

Benefits to the company

The company gained a fully functioning pre-launch website which

  • Allowed people to learn more about Sociolus
  • Acted as an interim stage before the release of their beta version

The finished website is now up and running – see www.sociolus.com

What the company says

'When Sociolus needed to design, build and launch a new landing page, we turned to the students at Sheffield Hallam to deliver a dynamic, functional and engaging landing page where we could engage with our users, display media and capture user details for our official launch. We found the students to be intelligent, hard-working and enthusiastic. We are looking at ways to include them in our future and hope that we will have the chance to work with them and SHU again.'

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