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Jacobus King and Theunis Raubenheimer, both third-year Industrial Engineering students, are combatting mental health and students’ empty pockets with their innovative app prototype, Dogger: A dog walking app for students.

They entered Dogger as part of the Red Bull Basement University competition with the hope of representing South Africa and Stellenbosch University at Red Bull’s Global Workshop in Toronto, Canada. The Red Bull Basement University initiative was founded to encourage young creatives to drive positive change through innovation.

The global winner gets the opportunity to develop their prototype and bring their idea to life.

Dogger will be a platform on which dog owners and students can connect. Dog owners request a student walker or runner and pay them through the app. Stress relief through exercise, extra cash and spending time with an adorable dog- what more do you need?

King explained, “Since the month of October is Mental Health Awareness month, we decided to tackle this issue by using something everyone loves: dogs.”

Support you fellow Maties on their mission to make a positive social impact with their Dogger app. Go watch their submission video and give them a vote! You can vote once every 24 hours.

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