Judges say YES to stu­dents’ study app

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - REXINE HAWES

‘‘We just have to put in more work now. Peo­ple are ex­pect­ing some­thing to come out of this, so we have to put the time and ef­fort in to get it done.’’

A study app for se­nior high school stu­dents is one step closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity, af­ter its Mata­mata Col­lege de­sign­ers re­ceived two ma­jor awards.

Year 12 stu­dents Bri­anne Erb, Tailah Brad­nock, Richa Nand and Zane¯ Mostes de­signed SWOT, a smart phone study app as part of the Young En­ter­prise Scheme (YES).

At last week’s YES Waikato re­gional awards evening, SWOT re­ceived the Waikato Cham­ber of Com­merce Fi­nan­cial Man­age­ment Award and the Te Wananga o Aotearoa Award for third place over­all.

Richa Nand said the awards were wor­thy re­ward for the time the stu­dents had put in to cre­at­ing the con­cept.

‘‘We were pretty ex­cited. We had ups and downs and we pushed through.

‘‘We just have to put in more work now. Peo­ple are ex­pect­ing some­thing to come out of this, so we have to put the time and ef­fort in to get it done.’’

The group had two spon­sors, Car­bon Tech­nolo­gies and Mata­mata New World, and was wait­ing to hear back from in­vest­ment com­pa­nies.

Ex­ams start this month, so Nand said it was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to com­plete the de­vel­op­ment of the app, which in­cluded con­tent and then get­ting stu­dents us­ing it.

‘‘Since YES is fin­ish­ing up for the year, we are look­ing at what way we can go with the busi­ness and whether to con­tinue or not.’’

The col­lege’s busi­ness stud­ies teacher Martin Red­wood said he was proud of the group.

Be­cause the app was in de­vel­op­ment, he did not think the stu­dents un­der­stood the true value of the con­cept.

‘‘It was a very pleas­ant sur­prise to win two awards, a re­flec­tion of what they have put in to this. It’s that prin­ci­ple, you get out what you put in. To get a dou­ble award is truly jus­ti­fied for them.

‘‘It’s hard to per­suade stu­dents that what they have got is an idea that could fly, par­tic­u­larly if it hasn’t been used yet.

‘‘If we got it to a stage where it was pro­to­typed and used, with feed­back from stu­dents, that pos­si­bly would have been the cat­a­lyst for them to re­alise, yes, this could be a very com­mer­cially vi­able prod­uct.’’

Red­wood said he would love to see YES get be­hind the stu­dents whose ideas could be vi­able in the mar­ket­place and pro­vide the on­go­ing sup­port to help turn their con­cepts into a prof­itable ven­ture.

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Mata­mata Col­lege stu­dents Bri­anne Erb, Tailah Brad­nock, Richa Nand and Zane¯ Mostes de­signed SWOT which re­ceived two awards at re­gional YES awards. Richa Nand

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