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Staying attentive in the class can fetch you shopping rewards. We aren’t talking about a generous professor who is playing Santa Claus here! In fact, we’ve bumped into an app that helps you earn shopping points by just keeping your phone locked in the classroom.

It might actually be worth keeping your phone locked on campus, because, offers apart, the Lock&Stock app lists exclusive deals nearest to you. Lock&Stock has roped in more than 50 brands dealing in fashion, food, entertainment, and wellness.

“A few among these brands are Novo Cinemas, Charley’s Philly Steaks and the Millennium Plaza Hotel. Some of our partners have given us as much as a 50 per cent discount, while others have opted for a free upgrade or straight freebies,” says Ian Fernandes, Co-founder & COO of Lock&Stock.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download the app from Google Play or Apple App Store and register
  2. Once you are on campus, tap Start Collecting and begin earning points
  3. Browse brands with points you earn; you can search listed brands near you
  4. Once you have enough points to redeem an offer, visit the respective store to avail it


Students of around 120 campuses across seven emirates (Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Sharjah) can start using the app immediately. Campuses in Umm al-Quwain have not been listed yet. In case your campus isn’t listed, you can submit the name of your institution.

Stay safe as you cash in!

The Lock&Stock app tracks your location to ensure that you are actually on campus, and aren’t cheating to earn points. While this means you need to keep your location services active when you are on campus, you should be careful while taking and uploading pictures.

Taking and posting pictures with your location services on could possibly let stalkers know how you look like and where you are. You can dodge stalkers while availing the benefits of an app like Lock&Stock by turning on location services only for such apps.

Why it’s a good thing to do, generally

Apart from the obvious and immediate monetary benefits, this new app also might help you gain a few brownie points from your professors! Even more, you might avoid a cell phone ban altogether at the campus. Nidhal Guessoum, a professor of Physics at the American University of Sharjah revealed in an article published in the Gulf News that the problem of cell phone and laptop usage in his class reached a point where he had to ban electronic devices in the class.

Freebies apart, it’s time students reconsider using cell phones in class, as this issue seems to be spreading like an epidemic. Professor Nidhal shares in his article that in a recent survey done at six universities, students reported using their mobile phones around 11 times per day in class!