Stu­dents de­velop app for life af­ter school

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Continued from page 1 One hour so­lar charge, pro­vides 24 hours of power to the unit.

With the water is­sues fac­ing Have­lock North res­i­dents in Hawke’s Bay, Kete has de­cided to cou­ple the de­vice with a travel sized hand­book about water borne bac­te­ria, treat­ment, and signs of water borne ill­ness.

Aimed mainly for trav­ellers, it will also be quite use­ful for any­one in the agri­cul­ture and hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­tries.

‘‘There are a is­sues.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple down there are getting sick be­cause they are sim­ply not in­formed, they don’t know how to treat the water or to know the signs of water borne ill­ness, just like I didn’t.’’

Kete has de­cided to put her sys­tem to good use and for every 100 units sold, she will do­nate five units to the Red Cross.

The other Mata­mata Col­lege com­pany in­volved is JA-OK, made up of com­pany di­rec­tors Jack Trower, Andy Sch­weizer, Olivia Carter and Kaleb Reid who have cre­ated an app Stu­dent Sur­vival NZ, aimed at stu­dents head­ing out on their own for the first time.

The app in­cludes low bud­get lot of water recipes, flat­ting guides, a bud­get, CV builder, study tips and links to uni­ver­si­ties.

Carter says they have had a very pos­i­tive re­sponse from peo­ple they have spo­ken to and the com­pany is thrilled to be in­vited to take their prod­uct to the mar­ket.

The app is avail­able on ITunes and Google Play.

More than 200 years 12 and 13 stu­dents just like Kete and JA-OK from through­out the re­gion are in­volved in the YES ini­tia­tive, a year-long pro­gramme where they set up a real busi­ness and re­search, de­velop, pro­duce and mar­ket a real prod­uct to make a profit.

YES re­gional co-or­di­na­tor Levinia Paku says both teams took their ideas to a Dragon’s Den at WINTEC in June and pre­sented their prod­ucts and they both re­ceived great feed­back.

Paku says both com­pa­nies have the po­ten­tial to win at a re­gional level and rep­re­sent Waikato at the na­tional fi­nals.

JA-OK com­pany di­rec­tors Olivia Carter, Kaleb Reid, Jack Trower and Andy Sch­weizer have cre­ated an app as part of the Young En­ter­prise Scheme.

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