Ventures

Smirk

Smirk is a messaging chat bot that provides the social demographic (17-23) with a way to use gifs to visually articulate what they are looking when it comes to restaurants, bars, events, coffee shops and nearby fitness programs. Today, millions of college and university students navigate the web and segregated smartphone apps to answer questions like “what’s a cool event downtown that I should go to tonight?” But traditional search results are insensitive and unresponsive to subjective understandings of what a “cool event” or “upbeat Japanese restaurant” mean to different people. Smirkintelligently uses data from social media platforms and ongoing user interactions to create an archetype of the user to understand their preferences and provide them with more accurate search results. This, paired with the use of gifs, allows a millennial audience to better articulate what they want and interact in a relevant, quick and cool way.

Ashish Ghosh

Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2016

Karim Koreitem

Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Toronto, 2015

Kate Wallace

Design and Technology, Parsons The New School For Design, 2017

Kourosh Houshmand

Ethics, Society and Law; Political Science; Contemporary Asian Studies, University of Toronto, 2017