Stu­dents’ sweet app suc­cess

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Suc­cess is sweet, and even sweeter when a sugar-app con­cept wows a soft­ware de­vel­oper keen to turn a school project into a prod­uct.

Cromwell Col­lege Year 8 stu­dents Olivia McKnight and Holly Dalzell won a Dragon’s Den­style com­pe­ti­tion with their app - Oh Sugar - de­signed to com­bat the chal­lenge of find­ing out quickly how much sugar was in every­day items. Bar­codes were photo- graphed and the app would iden­tify how many tea­spoons of sugar were in the item and sug­gest al­ter­na­tive prod­ucts that con­tained less sugar.

Teacher Char­lotte Raw­cliffe said the stu­dents had to present their ideas to a panel of judges. Stu­dents be­hind the win­ning app got to work fur­ther with Cromwell-based Safely soft­ware de­vel­oper Dun­can Faulkner to de­velop the con­cept, as well as a bud­get to help de­velop it.

‘‘They wanted to tar­get the busy work­ing fam­ily who were head­ing down the healthy path by mak­ing shop­ping more fun, healthy and eas­ier,’’ Raw­cliffe said.

Faulkner said he had done sev­eral fol­low-up ses­sions with the girls to de­velop the idea fur­ther, work out who the com­peti­tors were and what their point of dif­fer­ence would be. An Otago Univer­sity stu­dent who was com­plet­ing a nu­tri­tion de­gree would also be work­ing with the team this week, he said.

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