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Data science students take honors with ‘Phoodie’ app

Members of Mercyhurst University’s newly formed Data Science Club created a food delivery app called “Phoodie” to snag second place in this year’s uber competitive Hyland Hackathon held in Westlake, Ohio, Dec. 15-17.

The app, created by Heidi Beezub, Tiffany Gonzalez, Ron Richardson and Kimberly Staudt, is based on the swipe feature of the mega-dating app, Tinder. According to the team’s description: “Phoodie connects eaters to eats. Users can swipe though the app and actually see what is available. For a nominal delivery fee, dinner is delivered. Our application acts as the middleman. Restaurants post offerings by supplying a picture and short description. Phoodie connects the food vender to the consumer. The order is placed and the delivery is coordinated through postmates or uber for pickup at the restaurant and delivery to the consumer.”

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