Shareapy, a mental health application developed by a team of students from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT) features among the ten winners of this year’s edition of Google’s Developer Student Clubs Solution Challenge, a worldwide competition asking students to address problems in their communities with the use of Google technologies.
The HCMUT team is made up of two students of the School of Industrial Management, Vo Ngoc Khanh Linh and Tran Lam Bao Khang, and two students of the Faculty of Computer Science & Engineering, Nguyen Dang Huy and Nguyen Thanh Nhan. Together the four bright young minds from HCMUT outdid over 800 contestant groups from 60 countries to join the other winning teams from the US, Germany, South Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Ghana and Zimbabwe.
With its portmanteau name blending words “share” and “therapy”, Shareapy is developed as an interactive platform for users to vent their emotions and seek support within the online community, without the fear of being ridiculed or criticized. The app’s creators assert that their intention is to make a difference in the lives of their peers and unlike most other apps available on the market, Shareapy is meant to satisfy young people’s emotional needs – rather than material ones.
All the winning teams were originally scheduled to travel to the Google campus in Sunnyvale, California to present and further develop their apps with industry experts, a plan that was nixed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The HCMUT team hopes they will still be able to make the trip at a later time but meanwhile they are looking for efficient ways to provide their future users with the help of actual mental health specialists, should they need it.
Shareapy isn’t available on the Google app store yet but is to be showcased at Virtual Demo Day later this month, with the official release date still to be determined.