DIT Student Wins Best App Award

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Best App winner Kamil Orlowski with Ken Nugent of RTE Digital

02 July 2013: A DIT student has won a top award at the GSK App-cademy 2013 Awards. Kamil Orlowski won the Best App Award for his gaming app, ChessDoKu.

The app is a highly engaging puzzle that appeals to all age groups, combining Sudoku and chess.

The user starts with a partially filled grid and the goal is to fill it in. Instead of traditional Sudoku puzzles that simply use numbers, the challenge is to use chess pieces instead, each having its own unique rules regarding connect positioning on the board.

Kamil, who is a Computer Science student at DIT and a chess arbiter (a referee), won a cash prize of €1,000 as part of his award. He was one of several DIT students who took part in the App-cademy Awards, which recognise innovative achievements by students in the area of app development. Dr Bryan Dugan of the School of Computing at DIT was also present at the award finals.

Students from third level computer science and tech design courses were invited to enter the competition, which is now in its third year and is sponsored by Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK).

This year’s awards were presented by Adrian Lynch, Vice President and General Manager of GSK, Stephen Conmy, Editor of Digital Times, and Ken Nugent of RTE Digital.

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Dr Bryan Duggan from the School of Computing at DIT with competition entrants from DIT

More than 32 entries were received this year from four colleges and out of these, 11 were short listed for inclusion in the App-cademy final in Dublin.

The finalists had to pitch their prototype or app to a panel of judges and were quizzed on the solutions the app presented, their commercial potential as well as their ease of use and innovation.

The major prizes were awarded to Kamil and to Julie McDonald from Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown, who won for Best App Case Study. Her app is designed to help patients with asthma to manage their disease.

 

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