New app combines Chess and SuDoKu to pose unique puzzle for users while Asthma app contains easy reminders on when to take medications, how to find local pharmacies and order prescriptions.
A mobile app to assist patients with asthma to manage their condition and a challenging puzzle that combines Chess and SoDuKu have won the Awards for the Best App and Best Case Study at the GSK App-cademy 2013, a competition to find the best student app developers in Ireland.
Presented by Aidan Lynch, Vice President and General Manager of GSK, Stephen Conmy of the Digital Times and Ken Nugent of RTE at GSK’s head office in Dublin on June 20, the awards recognise innovative achievements by students in the area of app development.
Students from third level computer science and tech design courses were invited to enter the competition, now in it’s third year, to find the best up and coming app development talent in the country. Students could submit an app they had developed to the competition for consideration for the Best App competition, or they could devise an app-based solution to a case study presented by GSK on a specific healthcare challenge.
Over 32 entries were received from 4 colleges. Out of these, 11 were shortlisted for inclusion in the App-cademy final in Dublin. At this event, the finalists pitched their prototype or app to a select group from the software, technology, digital media, telecommunications and healthcare industry. They were quizzed on the solutions the app presented and their commercial potential, as well as their ease of use, and innovation. The judges’ votes were then collated to select the two overall winners.
The winner of the Best App Award, Kamil Orlowski from Dublin Institute of Technology won a cash prize of €1,000, while the winner of the Best App Case Study Julie McDonald from Institute of Technology Blanchardstown won a cash prize of €1,000, and an internship with Tapadoo worth €6,000 to complete and publish the app.
Julie’s app was designed to assist patients with asthma in the management of their disease by pinpointing and providing supportive and useful features that could provide aid in most eventualities. With specifically tailored pages for those either under or over 18, the app will contain useful videos with advice and tips from healthcare professionals and daily alerts (which can be integrated into the calendar) on medication. It will also offer users the option of preparing a list of 911 in case of emergency contacts as well as an emergency call button. By cleverly incorporating Google maps, a locate me function also allows users to find where their nearest pharmacy is, as well as receive reminders for when their prescription is due for renewal and the option to order these prescriptions directly from their pharmacy.
In line with the rising popularity in gaming apps, Kamil’s app is a highly engaging puzzle game that will appeal to all age groups, combining Sudoku and chess and aptly called ChessDoKu. The user starts with a partially filled grid and the goal is to fill it in. However, instead of traditional Sudoko puzzles that simply use numbers, the challenge is to use chess pieces instead, each having its own unique rules regarding connect positioning on the board. For example, queens cannot stand on the same row, column or diagonal, bishops cannot stand on the same diagonal etc. The user also has the option to choose the size of the board, difficulty level and colour options.
Other shortlisted apps ranged from ‘Fish Tank’ a mobile game built on the Android platform to ‘Digital Rhythms’, a music application designed to teach children rhythms, while interacting with rhythmic instruments.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Stephen Conmy, organiser of the GSK App-cademy and editor of Digital Times praised the quality of applications submitted for the awards. “All the finalists are gifted app developers, even at this very early stage of their careers. The GSK App-cademy aims to put the best student app developers in Ireland in front of mentors from the worlds of media, marketing, app development and healthcare.”
Speaking at the event, Aidan Lynch said, ““GSK is delighted to support the App-cademy. Innovation is at the heart of what we do at GSK: While this typically involves developing new medicines or vaccines, we also want to explore what else we can do and how to help people do more, feel better and live longer. Technology offers some hugely exciting new opportunities to help deliver new healthcare solutions and improve existing healthcare services. The innovation and fresh thinking we have seen emerging from Irish students through the App-cademy is testament to that and we are really excited to explore the possibilities these new ideas could bring to Irish healthcare.”