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Sunday 21 September 2014

Michael is an 'appy' chappy

Published 12/12/2013 | 05:26

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AN award winning smartphone application designed by a Mallow student is set to become a global sensation with experts predicting it will smash download records for educational software.

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The app, designed by 21-year-old Michael Kelly a final year computer applications student at Dublin City University, has scooped the prestigious Smartphone App of the Year Award and a €10,000 prize.

The app provides educational content for students to revise ahead of exams, creating a pathway that allows them to identify subject areas and the degree of progress they wish to achieve. The user is then reminded of specific challenges, with progress milestones acknowledged by way of continuous encouragement.

Described as "revolutionary" for student revision, the app has already attracted huge interest from international software developers and smartphone manufacturers.

Michael, from Kennel Hill in Mallow, originally designed the app as part of a class assignment, only later submitting into the national competition where it went up against almost 100 other apps.

He said he was genuinely surprised that his brainchild had performed so well in the face of such stiff opposition.

"I was in complete an utter shock when it was announced I had won. I had seen some of the other apps and never imagined mine would have been so well received," he beamed.

The win is timely as the latest version of the app is due for release next week with the keen interest in it boding well for the future commercialisation of the software.

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