Dormbase is a web-based system that provides MIT dormitories with the tools and services they need for daily operation. It is an open source software project that was started by Simmons Tech in response to their and the resident’s need for reliable, modern, and user-friendly online services. Dormbase means a consistent user experience across all of MIT’s dorms, accessible to residents, desk workers, and administration. It is a community project that solves a community problem.
MIT’s current dormitory systems are not representative of the Institute. They lack oversight and are highly fragmented, making updates and maintenance difficult. These systems are also unfriendly. Information is obscured by poorly designed interfaces and fundamental use cases are time consuming. Inadequate attention was paid to the user’s needs, dissuading residents from taking advantage of online resources.
Dormbase offers what no other system on campus can: It just works.