Apps-olutely fabulous

2014-10-17 00:00

INNOVATION was the name of the game as Durban University of Technology students competed for top honours at the annual Info Tech Awards yesterday.

As technology across the globe develops at a blistering pace, so do local students, who aim to keep up with the times.

Lecturer Cassim Vanker said that, as part of a third-year project, students had to find clients and then identify a process that could be automated.

“They have to go through four vigorous proposal stages, then develop an initial stage which is a starting point,” he said.

He said students were mentored throughout the 10-month process, gleaning key insights from external developers and industry players.

A group of seven students took top honours in the category Best Developed Project for their Windows Mobile application called EventsZAR.

Group member Sala Jude Babandakana said the application was developed to be a portal for a range of events.

“With this application, the user can do almost anything, from purchasing tickets to searching for the five top events in an area,” he said.

Babandakana said the app was available on the Windows Mobile App Store and already had more than 3 000 downloads.

“The team is very happy with how well it has been doing, even though we don’t make money from it,” he said.

He added that he had also developed other applications, including an emergency app, a mathematical app for children, and one for electronic engineers.

Another team won the Best Software Project, which was judged by industry experts.

Student Shaygen Arumugam said their software helped companies with debt collecting.

“The software was designed to help transfer information from a company to a third party in order to collect debt from a defaulter,” he said.

Arumugam said the process was managed internally by software his team had developed.

Brendan Page from Chillisoft, who worked with the students, said he was extremely impressed with the standard of the work they had produced.

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