Find your tribe. Make a rumble. Tribe is a native mobile application (on iOS devices) which connects students who share common experiences in order to help foster a supportive network and community. Tribe users have the ability to log in under a pseudonym, to choose an avatar which describes their personality and to begin conversations with groups and individuals through direct messaging, public posts and replies. In addition, users can send "Bursts" to others in the form of symbols such as high fives, hugs and smiles-removing the dichotomy of “likes” or up/down-vote systems prominent in other social media outlets.


The safety of our users is one of our primary concerns as they share potentially personal stories on our anonymous platform. To ensure safety, we require users to login, and we maintain backend oversight to remove them as necessary.


Tribe aims to maintaining open, comfortable conversation by allowing people to create new tribes (messaging groups) as they see fit. Users can also communicate with one another directly to create strong relationships.


Tribe is a place where people build one another up, comfort each other and also have an enjoyable experience.

  • The Task

    In January 2015, we were tasked with finding a way to make the lives of students with hearing loss the best that they could be. We spoke with the Disability Resource Center at UGA, surveyed over 60 individuals with some degree of hearing loss and interviewed an educator who has worked with deaf students.

  • The Problem

    What we learned from these interviews and surveys and from further market research is that current methods of connecting students with disabilities often come in the form of group sessions which can be both awkward and time consuming. Further, the world of social media can be highly exclusionary, and there is no tool targeted to individuals with disabilities for the purpose of building dialogue.

  • 2015

    Tribe is born!

    Tribe was created with the goal of connecting students both with disabilities and without on their campuses and on their own time. Our native application allows users to message one another within Tribes sharing similar interests and stories.

  • Time to Rumble

    Our plan for getting Tribe into the hands of those who would benefit from it is to grow slowly and organically. Initially, we plan to target the hard of hearing community at UGA. From there, we want to expand to other UGA communities and tribe before moving to another campus. We plan to spread community to community and tribe to tribe.

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