A new mobile application now puts the power of the world’s No. 1 alumni network in the palm of the user’s hand. Featuring a real-time GPS tracking service, the app allows the entire Thunderbird global community to locate and contact one another instantly no matter where they are in the world.
Thunderbird Mobile, available now for iPhone and iPad, can be downloaded for free from the Apple Store now and will be followed in the coming months with Android and mobile Web versions that will allow access to all smartphone users.
“This application was created and designed primarily as a tool that would allow T-birdsto stay connected to each other and the school from the convenience of their phones,” said Carol Sunnucks, Thunderbird senior director of corporate communications. “With an alumni network of more than 40,000 business men and women living and working in more than 140 countries, this tool will play a pivotal role in helping to keep our global community connected.”
The star of Thunderbird Mobile is the opt-in GPS tracking service. Developed by MobiLaurus, a Boston-based mobile marketing and engagement company, the app allows members of the Thunderbird community to connect with the school and each other, in real-time no matter where they are in the world. “Map T-Birds by GPS” displays a world map that pin points “live” T-birds near the user’s current location. The map can then be manipulated to zoom out showing individuals in their current locations around the world.
In addition to being able to map and find “T-birds” in real time near their current location, other functions allow users the ability to search for fellow T-birds by name, class year, address or industry; locate Thunderbird businesses by industry, job function, geographic location, product or service; find and contact alumni chapters and chapter leaders in more than 74 countries worldwide; review and update personal profiles; donate to Thunderbird securely and conveniently; and refer potential T-birds to the school. Also available through the application are Thunderbird news and events, columns by thought leaders on current global issues and trends, regular posts from Thunderbird’s Alumni Impact blog and more.
Thunderbird’s mobile technology securely draws data and information from internal and external Web platforms and databases that allow the School to provide open access to some features while keeping the global network access limited to members of the Thunderbird community.
While the Thunderbird Mobile application is available for iPhone and iPad now, Android and mobile Web options will be launched later this year.