Friends’ pupils earn app-lause

Friends' School pupils John Dawson, Ross Irwin and Reuben Cotton, were victorious at the SENTINUS IT R & D App Design Competition

Friends' School pupils John Dawson, Ross Irwin and Reuben Cotton, were victorious at the SENTINUS IT R & D App Design Competition

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Friends’ School Lisburn proved yet again that when it comes to App design, they have the winning formula.

Two year 13 teams were entered into the SENTINUS IT R & D App design competition, a test of teamwork, commercial awareness and app design and development skills.

In addition to developing an app and website, teams were also expected to compile a business proposal.

The proposal was to outline each stage of their journey from the initial idea right through to how the app would be marketed and ultimately provide a financial return on the investment.

On April 22, both teams attended a ‘Celebration’ day at the Braid Centre in Ballymena.

Over the course of the day, each team attended a Q & A session with industry assessors and later give a presentation on their project to a team of assessors from SENTINUS.

Both teams from Friends’ were commended on the high level of technical expertise evident in both their website and app design.

Team “Educate”, consisting of Ross Irwin, John Dawson and Reuben Cotton, were victorious on the day, winning two out of the possible three awards (‘Best App’ and ‘Best Overall Project’), only narrowly missing out on Best Website.

The team were commended not only for the high level of technical capability but also for a high level of business awareness.