CHICAGO (TOC) — Former coworkers Mariyam Khalid and Barbara Kuofie turned quick mates over their immigrant backgrounds and their love of journey.
“We’ve been to Italy, Spain, Iceland, Mexico, Costa Rica,” Khalid mentioned.
Throughout a visit to Italy, they got here up with an concept to begin an app for vacationers who need to be taught extra in regards to the locations they’re visiting.
“We had been taking a look at all these superb structure and work and had no concept what we had been taking a look at. We had been like sufficient is sufficient. We’re each tech folks. Let’s construct the answer to the issue that we’re dealing with,” Khalid mentioned.
They harnessed their engineering backgrounds to launch the Tradition Pilot app final 12 months.
“Wherever you land we would like you to open Tradition Pilot and find out about that tradition,” Kuofie mentioned.
Regionally, the app options content material from locations such because the American Writers Museum, Design Museum of Chicago, Faie African Artwork Gallery and Graceland Cemetery on the North Facet.
Graceland Government Director Jensen Allen sees Tradition Pilot as one other means for folks to uncover the tales of individuals buried on the cemetery.
“Just about the historical past of Chicago actually is at Graceland,” she mentioned.
Khalid put the app to work at Graceland, stopping on the gravesite of Cubs legend Ernie Banks. After a snapping an image of his tombstone, the app offers a quick audio and textual content biography of Banks.
Customers of the app may discover content material about historic locations in a number of different cities within the U.S.
The Tradition Pilot app is on the market for Apple and Android customers totally free.
Kuofie and Khalid hope to develop their attain to extra cities and outdoors of the U.S. to assist folks higher perceive totally different cultures.
However elevating capital has been a problem. A standard hurdle for women-led startups, significantly these based by ladies of colour.
“Lower than 1 p.c of funding presently goes to ladies of colour, ladies founders of colour. And we positively really feel the brunt of that as we’re in search of funding, as we’re trying to develop, however we consider we will do it,” Khalid mentioned.
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