"You know everyone is on their phones,” Dundorf said. “No one just comes up to you and starts a random conversation unless they are trying to sell you something." They said the experience was a bit awkward. So they decided they wanted to create something to make meeting people easier. "Most people in our generation don't have the confidence to go up to someone and have a conversation,” Simpson said. “Not only people in our generation but us two as well." "We pass thousands of people every day especially here at Penn State,” Dundorf said. “You don’t know that person you just passed could be your next best friend, future business partner or spouse."
By: Kacie Lazor
WJAC-TV - Wednesday, February 1st 2017
During initial tests of the concept, the shortest conversations with strangers were 45 minutes and the longest lasted nearly four hours. After a successful series of trials, the creators decided to begin building a comprehensive mobile app in order to help their fellow Penn Staters meet new people. Penn Staters can now get the finished version of Someonew, and meeting potential pals is now as simple as downloading the app from either the iOS App Store or the Android Play Store. Users must sign up with their Facebook account, write a quick introductory bio, and select up to five interests from a list of 24.
By: PATRICK CINES
Onward State - January 23, 2017
"Penn State students Kenny Dundorf and Andrew Simpson are firm believers in the value of face-to-face interaction. Sure, they’re the co-founders of a new mobile application — but it comes with a twist designed to get people off their smartphones.In keeping with the app’s namesake, the aim of Someonew is to bring strangers together with mutual interests and pave the way to friendship.“Our ideology is that you never know who you might pass on the street,” he said. “You could be passing your next best friend, your husband or wife, or business partner.” The next step for Someonew is just around the corner, as the app is set to launch in January on both Android and iOS devices."
By: Alison Kuznitz
Penn State News - November 28, 2016
“You’re able to thrust yourself into spontaneous face-to-face conversation,” Dundorf (junior-information science and technology) said. “We always say you don’t know who you’re passing every day, so that person you meet could be your best friend, business partner or even future spouse.” Dundorf and Simpson are hoping to use modern technology to revitalize face-to-face conversation with Someonew. The duo believes personal communication is starting to fade. “Essentially we built an app that goes on your phone to help put your phone away,” Simpson said.
By: Kat Procyk
The Daily Collegian - January 23, 2017
"Simpson and his team are working on an app called "Someonew", which will launch next month. Their goal is to connect strangers through technology."All you have to do is download the app and then when you enter a close proximity of someone who shares one or more of your interests, then you both get a push notification letting you know what you have in common," Simpson, Co-Founder of Someonew, said. "It's easy to jump right into conversation."It's a business, they hope, will grow into a multi-million dollar company."I don't say that with arrogance, I say that with confidence in the people who we're surrounding ourselves with and the movements that we're making" Simpson said."
By: Mallory Lane
WTAJ - August 30, 2016
"We really wanted to push people out of their comfort zones," he said. "When we looked in the market, we saw a big gap between social media and face-to-face conversation."Aimed at sparking conversations that could potentially lead to real-life platonic connections, Someonew uses the GPS capability of smartphones to help link people with shared interests. Upon signing up for the free app, each user fills out a survey asking them to identify five interests that they could "talk to a complete stranger about," be it a hit television series, a musical artist, an art style or any other interest. If two people with similar interests come within a certain distance of each other, a push notification pops up on their phone alerting them of the other person.
By: Andrew Martins
Central Jersey - Jan 20, 2017
"For all those people who find themselves grasping for words when it comes to meeting new people or starting conversations, Andrew Simpson, a senior in criminal justice, has the answer. Simpson started Someonew — an app to connect people with similar interests his summer, and he plans to make it his full-time job when he graduates in December. He made the pitch for his startup as part of the Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference, held at the Penn Stater Hotel Conference Center Oct. 6 and 7. “Remember: It just takes one conversation to change someone’s life, so let’s change lives together,” Simpson said to a room full of entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists and Penn Staters, including President Eric Barron."