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Ottawa programmers map out new app

It's the digital version of carving a message into a tree.

Notewalk is not just about getting from point A to point B. Rather, it encourages people to leave notes at certain points around town.

“We think of it as a geo-social playground,” said Mehdi Jourabbaf, a 24-year-old Carleton University student behind the new, free app that launched Tuesday.

Jourabbaf came up with the idea and pitched it to Adnan Patel, 25, who brought Mahoud Hosseini, 24, on board.

Rather than following people – à la Twitter and Facebook – Notewalk is about following notes people have left behind around town.

The idea is that the map will generate dialogue between users. If someone misses a university class and needs someone to debrief them, they can leave a note. Did you like your lunch today at that new restaurant? You can post about it on Notewalk for others to see – or even privately for your own use.

Although it’s still in its early stages, Jourabbaf said there’s potential to monetize the app. He said they could eventually start charging businesses a fee to post notes.

Right now, he said, the goal is to get users across the world to leave notes in their respective cities. Without them, the app is a “blank canvas.”

“Imagine pulling out your phone and getting this note that can, to some extent, positively impact your day in some way,” said Jourabbaf. “We think of that as something valuable.”

Currently, it’s only downloadable for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, but Jourabbaf said they are looking into making it available to Android users.

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