Here are the best and most anticipated apps invented by ASU students

ASU students have invented apps that help with deadline management, food services and parking spot sharing

Over the past few years, ASU has become known for its pride in technology and innovation. Almost every student knows that the University’s unofficial slogan is “No. 1 in innovation." 

The innovative environment at ASU stretches beyond the classroom and news rankings. Students also lead the charge with breakthroughs, including phone apps. Here’s some of the best apps from ASU students or alumni. 


Shlacker is a deadline calendar app, invented by business sustainability senior Tad Crother, who came up with the idea for an app that kept track of class deadlines after he attempted to add all his class assignments to his iCalendar. 

“You go on the app, you type in your .edu email … you pick what classes you’re in, click the little check mark, and then it fills the calendar with all your due dates for the semester,” Crother said. “This is actually showing you when things that are worth a grade are due … If a class isn’t on there, students can email their syllabus to us, and we’ll have it posted up on the app in usually about a day.”

The app is in it’s “proof of concept” phase, Crother said.  Shlacker hopes to launch the ASU-only version in the Fall, with some major updates. 

“One thing we’ve accounted for in the next version … as soon as a teacher changes something, with the new system, it will actually automatically update in the app as well,” Crother said.

The app remains free, with the next update having premium upgrade features. Crother said that any students interested in joining the Shlacker team should reach out, and that the company is open to developers or entrepreneurs joining.


Pitch is a communications app for ASU students, with public and private channels for students and faculty members to interact in. The app hopes to encourage “collaboration and connectivity,” according to an email from EdPlus student worker Caroline Davies, who works on the app. 

The app has over 9,000 online users. 

Senior Product Manager Drew Langhart said in an email to a State Press reporter that the app isn’t currently ready for wide-spread ground use, but students are able to join the app using their ASURite identification.


Frenzi updates customers with what restaurants have extra food and when, using notifications from their zip code area. Restaurants can send push notifications when they have extra supply, like donut shops at the end of the night. The app was founded by Ricky Johnson, who graduated in December with a degree in computer system engineering, and Brandon Caffie, an ASU computer systems engineering alumnus. 

“Frenzi allows (restaurants) to post what they have left,” Johnson said, stressing that the restaurants only post fresh food. “Everyone that’s in the zip code gets a notification that a new 'Frenzi' has been posted.” 

Read More: ASU students make app that tracks restaurants' food supply

Johnson said restaurants are also using the app to promote discounts or specially priced deals. 

“It’s completely at the discretion of the restaurant owner,” Johnson said. “They have absolutely no limitations or anything. Whether that’s an ASU football game that they know is going on, or anything else, they can set up a Frenzi so everybody’s notified when the football game ends so they can drive traffic to their store.”


AirGarage is a parking spot sharing app that allows users to either list their personal parking spots to rent or to rent the spaces themselves. AirGarage will launch an app in the next six months for the Tempe area and will work a little differently than the website. The website focuses on long-term rentals, while the app will work in short-term usage, connecting users to available spots, rather than simply helping them pay for available parking.

“We’re transitioning in to shorter-term rental phase where we have our spots and certain times of day that these spots are empty. So, the logical thing is to try and get short-term rentals there,” Jonathon Barkl, AirGarage cofounder and junior double majoring in physics and economics, said. “Our focus will be on making it super easy for you to find the spot … You’re going to say ‘This is where I’m going' and we’re going to tell you where a spot is.”

After expanding to all ASU campuses, AirGarage will move to UA and NAU and plans to go national eventually. 

Read More: AirGarage achieves liftoff 

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