Biology student creates worldwide backup buzz

Ismail Juden is a Student Success Story at Youngstown State University. He is pictured by the university's seal here.

Ismail Juden

Ismail Jadun wanted to get noticed, and he did – from the United States to Guam.

A junior biology student at YSU, Ismail was looking for a way to showcase his small web design and marketing firm called “614a.” After striking out in his attempts to help some local organizations upgrade their websites, he decided to “go bigger.”

The result – World Backup Day.

Jadun, who lives in Canfield, Ohio, came up with the idea to create a day in which computer users around the world would backup their important files. He created a Twitter feed and a website, and World Backup Day was launched on March 31, 2011 – the day before April Fools’ Day. Jadun celebrated the second World Backup Day on March 31, 2012.

“So far, it’s been quite the success in the backup industry,” he said.

Jadun, who has a partner in Australia working with him on World Backup Day, has been quoted in articles in MSNBC, CNET, Engadget, Information Week and even Guam’s News Network, and has been interviewed by reporters from Australia to Brazil. He even lined up sponsors like major storage and backup companies Backblaze, Western Digital, MiMedia, LaCie and Idealstar.

So what’s next?

“I am still working what my future will be,” he said. “But I definitely would like to grow 614a.”

Visit Jadun’s World Backup Day website at http://www.worldbackupday.com/.