NMMU apps whiz-kids sparkle

Lee-Anne Butler

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is leading the way in the development of new mobile apps.

This comes after receiving the best performing institution award at the Vodacom Developer Program National Student Symposium last week.

Prof Janet Wesson, of the department of computer science, said the symposium was a first for the institution.

“Of the thousands of apps available on the Vodacom App Store, only 10% are developed by South Africans. The idea is to get more South Africans to develop useful and usable apps.”

She said the department was pleased with its performance, winning R30000 overall for the department, R20000 for the student who won first prize in the post-graduate category and R10000 for the two students who won second prize in the undergraduate category. All three students also won mobile devices.

Wesson said honours student Cainos Mukandatsana won the post-graduate category for designing My Pill Reminder, an android app which would remind elderly people with chronic conditions to take their medication.

First year undergraduate Martin Stolk’s Mallcrawl app, which automatically logs the user into their Facebook account to search nearby malls using Google Maps, won him the second prize. Stolk was assisted by DF Malherbe High School matriculant Cornelius Greyling who has been accepted for BSc Computer Science at NMMU next year.

Thirteen students from seven South African universities took part in the competition. Wesson hoped to attract more universities next year.

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