Issue 8
Monday, 05 June 2017
Charles Darwin University
E-news
IT students Jaime Soares and Peregrina Amaral showcase their app to industry professionals
IT students Jaime Soares and Peregrina Amaral showcase their app to industry professionals

IT students app-ealing to industry

By Ellie Turner

A team of IT students has won first place for their idea for an app to alert people when their coffee machine runs out of pods. 

The trio of external students – from rural Queensland and South Australia – took out the Juror’s Award after they launched the proof-of-concept prototype “Express Pods” at an annual industry engagement event as part of the Human Computer Interaction Design unit. 

Information Technology senior lecturer Barbara White said the visiting IT professionals were impressed with the creativity demonstrated in the 12 prototypes her students had developed, centred on the theme “Smart Cities, Smart Homes and Smart People”.

“This is the first time we have explored concepts around the ‘internet of things’, where all things become connected to the internet in various ways, sending data in all sorts of directions,” she said.

“Your computer now not only lives in your pocket but is connected to a raft of devices.”

Express Pods masterminds Melissa Green, Ashley Menhennett and Cody Lymar live interstate and attended the event remotely via video.

“External students make up such a big part of the university and it’s fantastic we enable those off campus to be successful in these events, as well as local students,” Ms White said.

The People’s Choice Award went to Theo Rossides, Peregrina Amaral, Jaime Soares and Elegio Bela for their self-improvement app “Think Believe Achieve”.

Ms White said the event was part of ongoing preparation for the IT Code Fair on 10 November.