With Scatter, there is no more wondering about where to go or what to do, however the user is still not limited in terms of personal growth and exploration. In fact, while Scatter is a guidance tool, it also encourages students to explore and plot their own version of abroad. The Scatter app grows with the users throughout their time abroad and into the rest of their life. The three primary functions of the application are Plot, Follow, and Explore.

Plot, Scatter’s primary function, was built as a way for travelers to easily remember the places they have gone. For example, if you are on a road trip to Big Sur, and you stop spontaneously at a bakery on the side of the road, if you enjoy the stop, you might take a picture of the sign or write the name of the bakery down on a notes page in your phone. However, these methods of memory we currently use are highly disorganized and the information is easily lost. Scatter changes this. By tracking the user’s location and allowing for loc...
With Scatter, there is no more wondering about where to go or what to do, however the user is still not limited in terms of personal growth and exploration. In fact, while Scatter is a guidance tool, it also encourages students to explore and plot their own version of abroad. The Scatter app grows with the users throughout their time abroad and into the rest of their life. The three primary functions of the application are Plot, Follow, and Explore.

Plot, Scatter’s primary function, was built as a way for travelers to easily remember the places they have gone. For example, if you are on a road trip to Big Sur, and you stop spontaneously at a bakery on the side of the road, if you enjoy the stop, you might take a picture of the sign or write the name of the bakery down on a notes page in your phone. However, these methods of memory we currently use are highly disorganized and the information is easily lost. Scatter changes this. By tracking the user’s location and allowing for location search with a Google Maps API, the user can drop a pin at this newly discovered favorite location.

Follow, is Scatter’s second most important function. While Plot serves as the user’s personal memory device, Follow is how the user shares their favorite destinations with their friends. Think back on the example of the bakery in Big Sur. Now, imagine that the user has a friend who is planning on making a similar trip. Rather than the user sending a text message full of recommendations, or pictures of signs, or describing how to get to each of these places verbally, the user can now tell their friend to request to follow their “Big Sur Map.” In one easy click, the friend can now see all of the plots.

Explore, is a byproduct of the Plot and Follow features. With each plot, users have the opportunity to add a caption, photo, video, or voice memo, giving a more personal glance into why the destination was a favorite. When one user allows another to follow their plots, they gain visibility into each other’s existing and future plots. The Plots can be viewed as a map or as a news feed, similar to Instagram. The news feed creates an engaging user experience where one can simply browse photos and dream about their next travel destination.

Scatter’s most valuable difference is our initial target audience. For an app like Scatter to succeed, we need lots of users and lots of Plots; by targeting study abroad students we immediately gain a large user base.
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Sam McKenzie CFO I graduated in 2019 from UC Berkeley with a BS from the Haas School of Business. I am a curious self-starter, currently working in finance.