Cody Reinold ’14 wins the Mashable “Best Idea” prize for his dog and pet-monitoring app

Left: Reinold, an IS&OM major, has been designing websites since he was 12; Right: A screen shot of the award-winning LocalSitter app.

Left: Reinold, an IS&OM major, has been designing websites since he was 12;

Right: A screen shot of the award-winning LocalSitter app.

Reinold, whose family now lives in Massachusetts, got permission from his mother to take on the job and rode his bike over to the client’s house to talk about the project. He ended up designing the website in exchange for a laptop (which he used to design the site). Today, Reinold continues to design websites and provide marketing and development solutions to clients through his firm, Elligson. “I had no idea what I was doing, back then,” he explained. “It was completely on the fly and I didn’t even have a personal computer, but since then it’s grown to be a really successful small business.”

Dr. Christopher Huntley, associate professor of IS&OM, said, “Cody is a rare find in the business school. He’s got plenty of business savvy but also has some pretty advanced design and technical skills. It has already been a struggle to find ways to challenge him, and he’s still got a couple years to go before he graduates.”

At Fairfield, Reinold keeps busy in and outside of the classroom, when he’s not working on projects for clients. He is a member of the Ignatian Residential College and is working on launching the Compass Fellowship at Fairfield. Supported by the Kenneth Cole Foundation, the international fellowship is aimed at first-year students and provides them with the tools and training needed to start a social entrepreneurial venture.

This semester he took Systems Design and Implementation with Dr. Huntley. Through the class Reinold will enter a University App Rumble Contest, sponsored by SAP (Systems Applications Products), a multinational software corporation market leader. Participants will design a mobile app that is either business or consumer focused and incorporates both the SAP Mobile Platform and the database, SAP HANA, to manage the flow of data and information. If Reinold is a finalist, he will attend the national annual conference in Orlando over the summer to present their project.

As for Reinold’s future, expect to see more of his work pop up. Following graduation he plans to hire employees for Elligson and work full time to elevate the company. “In the long run, I’d like to be a serial techentrepreneur, solving everyday problems and making people’s lives easier using technology,” he said.

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