A startup in Chicago, Roompact offers digital tools and advice to help students navigate roommate conflict. Its focus is on preventing problems and enhancing relationships between roommates. It offers a dashboard feature for residential housing staff and a dashboard for students to manage the account. The company has partnered with universities to test its software. Its goal is to launch Roompact in the fall of 2017. It is currently in talks with several universities to secure funding for the company.
One of the biggest advantages of Roompact is its ability to integrate conflict prevention tech and dispute resolution functions into one tool. Rather than relying on a third party, the software automatically flags any potential conflicts between residents and helps facilitate collaborative contracting. Another advantage is its ability to provide support for roommate problems. The support team at Roompact is available to assist users with any issues that may arise. They can also help students submit detailed complaints about roommates who don’t meet their standards.
Roompact also supports socially responsible, minority, and local businesses. For example, it recently launched a drawing that will award winners gift cards to Goldbelly, a service that lets users order food from local restaurants. In addition to developing software for students, Roompact’s developers are also developing an update for the Forms software. This new feature allows users to include the ID number of the respondent when importing their responses to other applications. This feature allows for triangulation of data in the event of a dispute.
The first stage of the product will involve the integration of existing software. Roompact’s ResEdChat will feature a podcast and video series. It will be a digital variety hour that will host interviews, presentations, and panel discussions. The user community can even suggest topics for the series. Using the hashtag #ResEdChat, participants can join in discussions and ask questions. These conversations will be recorded and made available for all to see.
The startup is taking the approach of creating a survey for students. The company’s survey allows students to identify their own personal space and to discuss it with their roommate. After analyzing the responses, Roompact will draft an agreement that is tailored to each student’s specific needs and preferences. Most colleges already use roommate agreements, but they tend to focus on sleep and cleanliness. With Roompact, the focus is on personal space and encouraging students to speak up and share information about their needs.
While the data from intentional conversations is often difficult to interpret, Roompact is designed for education and residence life. Its integration with Housing Management Software will help manage student housing and operational aspects of the program. It also integrates with Student Conduct Software to help manage and maintain students of concern. Lastly, the software will assist in educational functions, such as duty reports, intentional conversation tracking, and lower level student notes. There are also a number of other features that can be integrated with Roompact.