ARROWHEAD CENTER August Newsletter
By Vicki L. Nisbett
Source: Christopher Dunn, Co-founder Flooid Lingo
Have you ever wondered who made up the word “selfie,” and how fast it became a word used almost everywhere? People chat, text, tweet and socialize every day in the virtual world of social media as well as interpersonally.
New words are made up faster than new technology develops. Arrowhead Center Studio G clients Brett Pelkey and Christopher Dunn have caught on to this and have partnered to create a new dictionary app called “Flooid Lingo,” currently available for Android phones.
“Brett and I would just sit around and make up words or misuse them and disagree about their meanings,” Dunn said. “We set out to create a dictionary for ourselves and others because language grows so quickly.”
The young entrepreneurs set out to not only develop an app to define these words, but also sustain them. The user is able to add words and/or definitions to the mix, like a living dictionary. Flooid Lingo allows users to keep up with any new slang, jargon and lingo from all types of cultures and provides relevant definitions, tracking language throughout the United States.
“We’re hoping to expand Flooid Lingo to other countries in the future,” Dunn said.
Once the free app is downloaded to an Android phone, the user can redefine existing words or define made-up words adding them to an online dictionary-type tool. New words and slang can be shared with others, and users can create new social connections based on the slang they like. Private in-groups can be formed as the user shares specific words with their group to create a private slang. Larger public groups also exist to follow broader interest sets.
Writer: Amanda Bradford, 575-646-1996, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center has entered into a development agreement with Albuquerque-based RIO Real Estate Investment Opportunities LLC to provide finance, development and construction services for Arrowhead Park, its planned innovation community providing land, space, services and connections to NMSU for existing and startup companies.
“Arrowhead is pleased to partner with a New Mexico company that brings a strong history of industrial and office development throughout New Mexico, but also provides integrated design, engineering and brokerage services,” said Wayne Savage, executive director of Arrowhead Park.
RIO’s first Arrowhead Center project, still in the early planning stages, will be a new 40,000-square-foot Innovation Center that will be a flagship facility for all of Arrowhead’s innovation and entrepreneurship programs for students, faculty and private sector companies and startups. Design will begin later this summer, with groundbreaking scheduled before the end of the year.
Arrowhead Park is located on approximately 175 acres at the southern end of New Mexico State University, near the intersection of Interstates 10 and 25.