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App award success for Cookstown High students

Mr Robert Johnston, teacher overseeing the project with G-Tracks team members Daniel Weir, Joel Cuddy and Vincent Wong.

Mr Robert Johnston, teacher overseeing the project with G-Tracks team members Daniel Weir, Joel Cuddy and Vincent Wong.

  • by Sheena McStravick
 

The GTracks team from Cookstown High School are celebrating the great success of their app, Davagh Nav after it scooped the ‘Best Mobile App’ award at the Eircom National Eircom Junior Spider awards held in Google Foundry, Google’s Dublin Office.

The team of 13 year-old students were competing in a category with entrants up to 18 years-old in the Mobile App category.

Davagh Nav was developed in association with Cookstown District Council and it acts as an Audio navigation guide for Davagh Mountain Bike trails. Using riders GPS position the App provides information on their current trail, trail options ahead and trail features. The App also includes trail maps and essential tourist information.

The Development team who designed the app is made up of three students namely Daniel Weir, Joel Cuddy and Vincent Wong.

The App was recognised for the simplicity in which it solved a real a real world problem for mountain bikers.

Robert Johnston, the teacher leading the project told the MAIL: “It is very exciting to win the Best App Category award again this year which had over 40% more entrants than last year. We still have work to do but have come to recognise age is no limitation for creative potential. The software supplier Calvium Creative flew over to visit the team a few weeks ago and feel it is the best example of the software use in UK schools. There might just me more to come in the GTracks story in the near future.”

In February, the team reached the national finals of Junior Dragons’ Den and were unfortunate not to appear on the televised round. Since that time the team have been refining the App and have even met with directors of Chain Reaction to discuss the potential of the App for other trails.

At the event the team also got a personal tour of the Google offices in Dublin. GTracks team are to meet with the Northern Ireland tourist board later this month and hope to have the App released for download in a few weeks.

 
 
 

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