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Posted by Michael Banks on December 24th, 2018

Alumnus-run startup looks to change the world of shipping

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In February 2014, University of Georgia graduate Marc Gorlin found himself in a rut. Tile shipped to his condo in Perdido Key, Florida, had shattered en route and overnight shipping of new tile wouldn’t arrive for multiple days. His home renovation was delayed and he was out of luck.

However, it was this same misfortune that inspired Gorlin to create Roadie, an application geared toward the convenient and expedient shipping of goods.

Roadie, which is available for both Apple and Android devices, is essentially a community of individuals helping each other transport goods and belongings at their own convenience. The app comprises three main elements — senders, gigs and drivers, who are also referred to as “roadies.”

Marc Gorlin holds a sticker bearing the name of his company, Roadie, Inc., of which he is Founder and CEO. Roadie, the first neighbor-to-neighbor shipping network, launched this past January.

When using the app, senders can post a gig, which is a request for an item to be delivered to a specific location. After that, drivers who are headed in the same direction can pick up that item and deliver it to its destination.

“You let people help each other out by using excess capacity in passenger vehicles already going in the right direction,” Gorlin said.

Within the past year, multiple investors, including UPS, have provided $10 million in backing for the company, which is attempting to establish an entirely new archetype in the industry of shipping — a model based on community above all.

Artists find their way to Athens to design a "monster" of a board game

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Athens is perhaps best characterized by the work of local artists with an ability to bring together artists of different mediums. Illustrator Kyle Key and typographist Mattox Shuler are combining their talents to inspire creativity in the local community.

Key combined his adept skills as an illustrator with Schuler’s honed experience producing fonts to create an interactive board game themed from “Creature Feature” films in the ’50s SUCH AS “Blob the Damsel.” The two artists met through a mutual friend after beginning their careers in Athens and combined their artistic interests and mutual love for board games to create a bizarre piece of art.

Kyle Key poses for headshots on UGA's North campus on April 6th, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. The artist works under the name, "The Color K" to create, paintings, designs and illustrations.

“I had a dream about a monster game, and the game made no sense,” Shuler said. “It made this urge in me to create a monster board game.”

Audiences will play as monster Argonauts fighting against mortals. Each card in the game features a monster such as blobs, werewolves and swamp creatures with illustrations done by Key and fonts by Shuler.

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Love Your Melon spreads to Melons across campus community

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In fall 2015, seniors Peyton Bennett and Ali McClure launched Love Your Melon at the University of Georgia. The proceeds from this apparel company directly benefit children battling cancer and fund initiatives to find a cure.

“Love Your Melon is a one-for-one philanthropic clothing brand that sells hats, beanies and shirts,” said McClure, secretary of Campus Crew, the name for UGA’s chapter of Love Your Melon. “When you buy a hat, not only are you buying one for yourself, but you are also buying a second one for a kid with cancer.”

Love Your Melon organizes an event at the North Campus Fountain.

Love Your Melon was conceived in an entrepreneurship class at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Over time it became a nationwide, American-made apparel brand fueled by the work of college students.

Approximately 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. However, Love Your Melon hopes to eliminate this figure entirely with the help of partnership organizations.

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Innovation spreads to UGA: Gizmos, Gadgets and 3D Printers

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On March 24, the University of Georgia quietly launched its “Maker Space,” located in the Science Library on south campus. This location brings together a vast array of cutting-edge gadgets and tech, including 3D printers, laser cutters and microcomputers in response to a growing academic dependence on technology.

The academic world is becoming increasingly dependent upon technology and its many functions. These tools facilitate the process of learning. For many students, technology introduced in the “Maker Space” is creating a much more engaging and hands on experience.

The Science Library on UGA's South Campus in Athens features a room called the Maker Space. The facilities include laser cutters and 3D printers.

“The Maker Space and 3D workshops are new technology spreading all over the country,” said Liz Holdsworth, science librarian and project coordinator for the Maker Space. “It’s not something that has just spread over academia, but also at the public level.”

The Maker Space is currently in premature stages of development, but hopes to soon be a space readily available to all students, regardless of their specific major or field of interest. It is an area with the capability to engage students in the process of learning, help them hone new skills and provide them with advanced technological knowledge.

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LAN gaming company makes debut in Athens, GA

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Students Morgan Ingram and Dylan Howell venture to bridge the worlds of technology and reality through Local Area Network (LAN) gaming events.

Their company, Collegiate Gaming LAN, aspires to create connections among gamers in the local community through direct competition and interactive gameplay.

The logo for Collegiate Gaming LAN, a company started by students at the University of Georgia.

“Local Area Network events are localizing multiplayer gameplay so that players don’t necessarily need Internet to meet,” said Dylan Howell, co-founder of Collegiate Gaming LAN.

Collegiate Gaming LAN creates an atmosphere where a local community of players can come together and play multiplayer games. Not only do LAN events provide an interactive environment for gamers in the local community to bond, but also provides spectators with a medium of entertainment and the ability to become more familiar with the world of gaming.

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