Students’ sweet app success
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.