BC Alumnus Create Goal-Oriented App Achvr
Ryan Traeger and Co-founder Drew Watson Design an App to Generate Accomplishments
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 00:10
Making your bucket list a reality has just gotten a little bit easier. A new iPhone app called Achvr, created by a Boston College alum, allows users to list goals they hope to accomplish in the near or distant future, and awards them points for each goal they cross off. Users can then share and compare their accomplishments with their friends. The app launched in Beta this week and is now available for free download on the iPhone.
Achvr was created by BC graduate, Ryan Traeger, BC ’03 ’12, after his graduation from business school at BC. He wanted a way to keep all his goals in one place and also accomplish more of them. The mission of Achvr is to do just that, but Traeger and co-founder Drew Watson have higher ambitions as well. According to their website, the founders believe that “first-time experiences are the key to living a happier, more fulfilled life.” By helping users accomplish their goals and find new ones, Watson and Traeger hope to add excitement and fulfillment to the lives of their users.
Achvr helps users to accomplish their goals by turning personal bucket lists into a social experience and a game. It lets users list the goals they have already accomplished as well as goals they have for the future. The app suggests new goals by listing the most popular goals for all users. It also encourages users to explore new places in their area by suggesting the most popular local goals. The goals are separated into 15 categories, including “Food & Drink,” “Locales” and “Careers & Education.” They can be as lofty as “Climb Mount Everest” and “Visit Australia” or as simple as “Learn to Play Piano” or “Try Sushi.” As the start-up is based in Boston and the co-founder is a BC alum, the app features some personalized Boston missions, including “Tailgate before and after a Boston College football game” and “Go to Afternoon Tea at Taj Boston.”
The different goals are all given different numbers of points, ranging from 10 to 1,000. The app currently contains more than 9,400 achievements that users can add to their list and check off. To help users make their goals a reality, Achvr has partnered with other websites such as Living Social and Expedia to connect users to special deals related to the goals they want to achieve, such as a coupon for a percentage off of a meal at a restaurant that a user has put on their list.
Another way that Achvr inspires people to go after their goals is by making it a more social experience. The app connects users to their friends on the app through Facebook or email. When you add a goal to your list, you are able to see other friends who have added this goal to their list and you can see your friends who have already achieved that goal. You can look at the number of points that your friends have on a leaderboard and compete against them to get more points and accomplish more of your goals.
The app is launching into public beta this week, and the Boston-based company is celebrating this launch with a “#72in72” weekend in which the creators and users will be tackling 72 achievements in 72 hours around the city of Boston. Achievements include going to bars around Boston such as Frost Ice Bar and the Sam Adams Brewery; quintessential Boston activities such as visiting the MFA, touring Old Ironsides, and taking a Boston Duck Tour; and unique events such as Aerial Yoga, playing a game of Quidditch, and attending a performance of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. All Achvr users are welcome to participate in the “#72in72” weekend, which contains a few BC-specific achievements, including the goal of going to Eagle’s Deli, getting a drink at Mary Ann’s, and playing tailgating games in the Mods.