Josh Stowe '01 | July 27, 2015
Last summer, when Buchanan “Buck” Bourdon ’16 decided to start building mobile apps, he realized he had the perfect project: helping his disabled older sister, Haley, tell time on her own terms.
Haley suffered two strokes before birth, leaving her deaf and unable to understand time numerically by looking at a digital display, a wristwatch or a calendar. Since these tools do nothing for her, Buck determined to build one that would.
“One of the biggest issues my family faces on a daily basis is having Haley conform to a schedule and maintain it,” says Bourdon, a Zahm Hall rising senior and computer science major who serves as president of Notre Dame’s fishing club. “If we told her that she was going to get to see a friend in two days at noon, she wouldn’t be able to understand that. So when I was making my decision on what to develop, I realized there was one thing in my life that was a specific problem I could help solve.”