Glengormley student is ‘app and coming’

Matthew Neill pictured with David McGlade, Kainos; June Ingram, DEL and Justin Edwards, Deputy CEO of Belfast Met. INNT 34-517CON
Matthew Neill pictured with David McGlade, Kainos; June Ingram, DEL and Justin Edwards, Deputy CEO of Belfast Met. INNT 34-517CON

A Glengormley student has scooped a top prize during a software development programme run by Belfast Metropolitan College and Kainos.

Matthew Neill developed the Rota Sync app, which allows colleagues who work on rota-based schedules to interact with each other to update changes on rota, request shift cover and alert to any staff shortages.

The 19-year-old came first for Best App Idea out of 80 participants in the free two-week CodeCamp programme, bagging himself a prize of top of the range computer accessories.

The app development course offered young learners the chance to use MIT App Inventor to create real apps for Android phones and tablets.

The innovative programme was developed by thriving technology company Kainos in conjunction with Belfast Met, the largest Further and Higher Education college in Northern Ireland.

It aims to help nurture the next generation of technology talent in Northern Ireland.

Participants learnt about how software is designed, built and tested, leadership and project management skills and were introduced to career options in the IT industry.

Other apps created during Kainos CodeCamp at Belfast Met included Golf Buddy, an app that analyses individual player trends, allowing player to develop their game by working on strengths and weaknesses.

Also developed was a Mental Health Tracker that allows users to track their moods throughout each day.

This will help the user to analyse any trends in their moods, thus helping to predict any times where they need extra medical help or emotional support.

Speaking of his experience on the programme, Matthew said: “Kainos CodeCamp at Belfast Met really appealed to me because it gives relevant and real experience in app creation, allowing me not only to learn about mobile app development, but also try my hand at it too.

“It has given me a real sense of what it’s like to work in the software industry and introduced me to some potential career options. I am delighted to have won the award for Best App Idea as it is a great way to top off a fantastic two weeks.”