Popgig app helps college students with chores

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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (WCAX) Two Middlebury College graduates have created a new app to help students on campus cash in and get chores done, all with the swipe of a finger.

"There's long walks between dining halls and dorm rooms," said former Middlebury College grad, Coumba Winfield.

Add Vermont's freezing temperatures and the motivation to do things like laundry or grabbing a bite to eat can be nonexistent. Winfield and fellow grad Alex Myerson can relate. About three years ago, during a late-night study session in the library, the pair needed a pick-me-up.

"Wouldn't it be great if someone at the top of the hill could come and bring us food for five bucks," said Winfield.

That thought became a reality that night, and the two sketched a rough draft of an entire business plan.

"When we thought of the idea, I didn't think it was ever going to be a real thing," Winfield said.

Now, Winfield and Myerson are the founders of the app, Popgig.

"We ended up on Popgig because it sounded really catchy," Winfield said.

If you need something, open the app and type a request with instructions. Set a price range and press send. The goal is to have someone on their way to you within minutes with your request, but that's not all the app is good for. You can also pocket cash by delivering other people's requests.

"It's pretty much just about checking out your phone and seeing that you can make money pretty much from where you right now," said Myerson.

Since the idea launched, the co-founders are seeing if the app is successful.

"We are starting it out on this campus and getting feedback. We are going to be seeing how people are using it and how they like it," said Myserson.

"It's a really cool idea," said Middlebury senior Smithi Skunnawat. "I, personally, would use it for almost secretarial or assistant-styled work."

Whatever your reason for using it, both Winfield and Myerson hope to grab attention here and eventually at campuses across the country.

"You got to go for it because you never know if you'd miss out on something great," said Winfield.

As of January, only students with an .edu email can use the app. The co-founders say they would consider branching out into the community in the future.