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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Michael starts a revolution

Published 01/01/2014 | 05:28

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MICHAEL KELLY is one of the most popular people in DCU for inventing an educational app to help fellow students reach their potential. The Drogheda man, from Park Drive, Grange Rath, is a Computer Applications student at Dublin City University (DCU), and has won a prestigious award for a smartphone app, which has been described as revolutionary for student revision.

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The app, which provides educational content for students to revise for exams, allows students to identify the subject areas and the degree of progress they wish to achieve and then creates apathway to do so. The user is then reminded of specific challenges, while progress milestones are acknowledged by way of continuous encouragement.

Winning the SmartPhone app of the year has brought Michael an immediate prize of €10,000 with guaranteed interest from international software developers and smartphone manufacturers.

The 21 year-old student, who is attending his final year at DCU, developed the smartphone application initially as part of a class assignment, only later submitting the app into thecompetition. Michael was genuinely surprised to have been so successful in the competition.

'I was in complete and utter shock when I won. I had seen some of the other apps and never imagined that the revision app would have been so well received.

Competing against almost 100 under other apps, winning the SmartPhone App of 2013 is a major achievement and bodes well for the future commercialisation of the software. The latest version of the app, which is due for release next week, is expected to break download records for educational software.

Drogheda Independent

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