Cookstown High students ‘on the trail’ of success in Dragon’s Den

The App development team Daniel Weir, Joel Cuddy and Vincent Wong pictured with teacher overseeing the project Mr Robert Johnston.
The App development team Daniel Weir, Joel Cuddy and Vincent Wong pictured with teacher overseeing the project Mr Robert Johnston.

A group of students from Cookstown High School have qualified for the National Finals of RTE Junior Dragons’ Den.

The App development team also known as ‘GTracks’ will pitch their app ‘DavaghNav’ to a panel of Judges in Dublin on Saturday 25th January.

DavaghNav is an IOS and Android App that acts as a SatNav guide for bikers around Cookstown Councils newly opened mountain bike trails at Davagh Forest.

The App will provide audio guidance based on a riders GPS location including route options ahead, upcoming obstacles and trail progress.

The Development team is made up of three year students established after attending the Digital DNA conference in Titanic Belfast in September, namely Daniel Weir, Joel Cuddy and Vincent Wong.

The event had speakers from leading NI businesses Leaders in Digital Markets and the team also met representatives from Google, FaceBook and CEO of New York Stock Exchange Jon Robson.

Development work began in October following a pitch and proof of concept demonstration to four representatives of Cookstown Council and following this meeting the Council agreed to invest in the App for use with future use with Davagh Mountain Bike trails.

Robert Johnston, the teacher in charge of the team told the Mid Ulster Mail:

“The team have developed a high quality App with a strong business model and clear potential to impress the Dragons.

The technology these pupils are using and creativity they have shown provides a bight future for future Digital Leaders.”

Barry O’Hagan, Head of Information Services at Cookstown District Council said: “Cookstown District Council are delighted to be involved with Cookstown High School in developing and supporting an innovative mobile app for Davagh Forest Mountain Bike trails. It has been an excellent opportunity to create local partnerships with the school to develop real life learning and development. The New mobile “Davagh Nav“ app will help existing and new users to mountain biking navigate the many exciting trails and features throughout Davagh Forest. We are delighted with the progress and development to date and we look looking forward to working with Robert Johnston and Cookstown High School in the future.”

Headmaster Graham Montgomery praised the app development team and Mr Robert Johnston for their innovation and enthusiasm saying, “Here at Cookstown high School we expect each pupil to aspire to achieve and these young people are a fine example of that. They have taken the most modern of technologies and turned it to a use which will be for the benefit of a broad section of the community. We believe that to be prepared for the challenges of the modern world young people need to have knowledge but also good character, presenting their idea to the dragons will really develop their character and I wish them well in that.”