Stefanie Jewett
Stefanie Jewett

There are plenty of smart phone apps for finding dates and hooking up, but how about finding a platonic friend to exercise with? Or go to a movie? Or grab the occasional lunch? Old Fourth Ward resident Stefanie Jewett hopes her new app, Activvely, will solve that problem.

The idea for Activvely, which launches for the iPhone on Sept. 8, came while Jewett was working as a producer for CNN’s “Crossfire” in Washington, DC. “Because of my schedule at CNN, I had a hard time finding friends whose schedules synched up with mine,” she said. “I wanted to find people who shared my interests and had coinciding schedules.”

Jewett said she scoured the app stores, but found nothing to help her. “We have so much social media at our fingertips, but our social lives are getting any better. You can find hook ups, get a ride from Uber or do your banking, but you can’t find anyone to work out with.”

After she left CNN, Jewett decided to dive in full time to creating Activvely. She took a code immersion boot camp so she could relate to the app developer, which she found when she moved back to Atlanta.

Once word got out about the forthcoming app, Jewett said the pre-launch reaction has been “overwhelming.”
“We’ve already head people tagging and contacting us on social media saying they can’t wait to use the app to find a tennis or running buddy,” she said.

Jewett said making the app easy to use and navigate was crucial. Once you download Activvely, set up a short profile with photo and then list what activities you’re interested in. You can indicate if you’re a newbie or seasoned pro to something (kayaking, for example) and the times and days you are free. Users can also set distance and send messages in the app.

The app will launch first for the iPhone and soon in the Google Play store for Android devices. While the Atlanta launch is imminent, Jewett said she’s already looking at other states and cities include Colorado and Chicago.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.