On that short break during a lecture at Durham College, students with growling stomachs get a glimpse of hope – there’s a short window of time for food. Your mood begins to improve on the race to the Marketplace. But of course, as soon as you arrive, the line has looped around the Marketplace destroying any potential to make it back on time.
That’s when the tables turn. Your blood begins to boil in your veins, your stomach grows a little bit louder every second. You could very easily lose your temper at the slightest annoyance. Yes, that’s right, you’ve reached the ‘hangry’ level.
Luckily for all students and teachers at Durham College who go through this stage on a regular basis, Mark Scattolon and Fabion Raso have come up with the solution. There is now an application available on your phone to order and pay for your food ahead of time from your device and simply pick it up when it’s ready – avoiding the line altogether.
Ladies and gentlemen, its time to download the Hangry app.
In November 2015, Scattalon and Fabion, from Hamilton Ont., made their appearance on Dragon’s Den Canada and pitched their idea to skip the line, for only a ten per cent convenience fee. They successfully collaborated with three out of the five dragons who all saw potential with the idea. Since then, Durham College, along with seven other postsecondary institutions in Canada have adapted to the Hangry method.
However, Durham College students are slow to this adopt the new Hangry app since it was introduced in September. The Marketplace at Durham College has a table where you scan your order code from your phone, but students lack the awareness of the device, though upon discovery think it’s a life saver.
“I really hadn’t heard of it or even noticed what it did. I wish I knew about it though, this line is crazy,” says Durham College student Mackenzie Cowan while waiting in line to order food. Similar responses came from the majority of students in the cafeteria. Even though the cashiers keep the lines moving, the cooking and debit or credit process inevitably slow everything down.
Kim Price and Tammy Gardiner, who work at the Marketplace love the new app. “It’s pure fun and easy to use.” says Price. “While I’m cashing customers out, my headphone will beep when someone has scanned their code and we bring them their order.” There is always three people in the Marketplace that will get that notification to bring the food. Despite the great system, Price says only about seven students a day use the app.
Gardiner, who works in Smoke’s Poutinerie says, “a receipt will just pop up telling us an order has been placed and we make it – simple as that.”
Your phone will notify you when your order will be ready for pick up. The app will save your previous orders to make the process even easier every time its used. The app also allows the user to pre-order the pickup time, so it can be set before class even starts, and be ready as soon as class is finished.
Slowly Durham College students are gaining awareness about this time-saving, line-skipping apparatus solving the descent into the ‘hangry’ phase.