When DU students Meredith Gee and Sam Schooler needed a ride to the mountains but didn’t have one, they had an idea to create a mobile app that would get them there – Wanderlift.
For the last nine months, the two sophomores developed their idea and expanded their team.
Juniors Daniel Farrell and Lucio Franco joined the team last fall and helped launch the app and expand the group’s efforts to the University of Colorado in Boulder.
Whether it’s a hike at Red Rocks, a ski trip to Vail or a ride out with friends, people who need a ride to their next adventure can now use Wanderlift to get there. They can also sign up to drive, post their own trips or search for someone looking to catch a ride.
Many students say it’s more affordable than other ride-sharing apps such as Lyft and Uber.
In the future, the students told 7News they hope Wanderlift helps with traffic in lessening the hourslong commute typical with heading to the hills.
The Wanderlift is available in downtown Denver, University of Denver and the University of Colorado. Find the app on the Wanderlift website and the Apple store. Soon, it will be available for Android phones.
The students credit the University for bringing them together. They all met through the schools’ living and learning communities and are involved in the Center for Sustainability and entrepreneurship club through the Daniels College of Business.
As the namesake of the Reiman School of Finance in the Daniels College of Business, Scott Reiman is a longtime member of the University community and dedicated to advancing the academic and leadership success of its students. He makes contributions to the schools’ growth and prosperity where students like Gee, Schooler, Farrell and Franco come up with their great ideas.
“By providing educators with the tools they need to create the best possible classroom experience, RAFT is helping to shape the next generation of Colorado leaders,” said Reiman Foundation CEO Scott Reiman. “I love that RAFT gives teachers the resources necessary to be successful.”
RAFT Colorado connects thousands of teachers from around the state with affordable materials and opportunities for professional development. These resources are designed to help teachers provide creative, inspiring and innovative educational and classroom experiences for all of Colorado’s kids.
“With this generous underwriting of youth admission from Scott Reiman and Kaiser Permanente Colorado, we can further lower barriers to entry and welcome all children to experience our art collections and creative educational programming,” said Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “Young people who frequently encounter the arts experience greater quality of life, and we’re delighted that these generous donors share our goal to bring the arts to all youth in our community.”
Scott Reiman believes that all children should have access to high quality cultural experiences and educational opportunities. These two values come together perfectly through the Reiman Foundation’s support of the Denver Art Museum’s Free for Kids program. Designed to welcome a broad spectrum of the community, this family-friendly program fuels creativity, imagination and learning for children of all ages and backgrounds.
Governor John W. Hickenlooper commented on the impact of the program on Colorado children, families and cultural organizations like the DAM, “By allowing children in free, more parents will come, driving up admissions. Secondly, the kids who come, as many studies show, will likely do better in school. And lastly, these kids will become the supporters of the Museum and other cultural institutions in the future. It is the classic ‘gift that keeps on giving.’ ”
In addition to making the Free for Kids program possible, Reiman has been a longtime and valued member of the Denver Art Museum community. Since 2000, he has provided the Museum with invaluable leadership and guidance through his service as a Denver Art Museum trustee. He is also the namesake of the Reiman Bridge that connects the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton and North buildings.
“Scott Reiman’s gift is extremely generous both to the museum and the entire community. He has opened the door to provide free access to the museum for youth 18 and under, which is so important to the young people and our entire community in the future,” remarked Frederic C. Hamilton, Chairman Emeritus of the Denver Art Museum and namesake of the Hamilton Building, about the long term impact of the program.