Networking -> Good Connections -> Success. This is the road map for today’s Gen C to walk a step ahead of their competitors in any area of their choice. Whether it’s about launching a startup, or expanding business; for higher studies or taking job referrals, everyone realizes the role networking plays. And it would be like ‘icing on the cake’ if one can get in his network more and more trusted and reliable resources.
Keeping this in mind, the duo in 2011 from DA-IICT (Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology), Swapnil Khandelwal and Rubish Gupta laid down the foundation of AlmaConnect – a social platform based on private alumni networks. This Gurgaon based portal aims at solving the problem of ‘Sustained Alumni Engagement’, thereby bridging the alumni interaction gap and creating a strong network based on TRUST.
As said by Rubish, “the main idea is to provide a platform where people can get trusted help from their alumni networks”. “There are alumni websites where there is no engagement and then there are email / Facebook/ LinkedIn groups where there is engagement but it becomes spam over a period of time,” added Swapnil.
The prime stakeholders to this service are Alums, Students and Institutes (Schools/Colleges). Alumni networks are set up as separate sub-domains. The students/individuals can choose and connect to their respective alum groups via Email, Facebook or LinkedIn. Any update to the profiles in these networks, will automatically update the profile information at AlmaConnect for all. In case any college is not added, an alumni can fill up a request online and can start building his institute network there.
The colleges on the other hand, can start with their existing database and by sending invites to join the network. This gives them an updated alumni database and helps them in branding and organizing placement drives. Although, there is no fees for signing up, the institutes/schools can sign up to host their official alumni portals by paying an annual subscription fees. The portal can then be used for having private announcements, discussions, etc.
What Advantages Does It Offers?
The key feature of the platform is ‘News about Alumni’. AlmaConnect has an algorithm that tracks alumni mentions on the web especially media websites. The product fetch news and updates about alumni and use machine learning & NLP to ensure the accuracy of these mentions and to figure out which one should be shown to which alumni ensuring only relevant updates are seen by a user.