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NCU is Eduvision 2014 champion

Published:Monday | March 24, 2014 | 12:00 AM
From left: Damion Mitchell, team mentor; Thomas Whittaker, Kevin Kennedy, Peter Lyn, and Christopher Smikle proudly hold their trophy. - Contributed

Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer

A team of students from Northern Caribbean University (NCU) has won the National Eduvision 2014 software/app development competition. The team comprising Kevin Kennedy, Peter Lyn, Thomas Whittaker, and Christopher Smikle, won this year's competition with their entry: Proximity - the Ultimate School Locater. They developed the software/app under the mentorship and guidance of Damion Mitchell who is the lecturer in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) at NCU.

The four-member team was selected by Mitchell who has represented the university and Jamaica at national and international competitions. Using the theme: Transforming Education - Technology Making the Connection, teams got 36 hours to create an application with world class functionality and financial feasiblity.


There were five teams from four institutions. NCU's creation branded - 'Proximity - the Ultimate School Locater' is a web and mobile application where parents, school administrators, students, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are allowed to use it to locate an institution in a particular location.

"This app was created from the information that was provided by the organisers. We never see impossibilities in our area of study. The feature of this app is capable of utilising the geo-coordinates for driving or pedestrians with direction and proximity. SME's are able to extract information which is pertinent to business options," Mitchell said.


"With our confidence in God and the quality of our product, we were never fazed by what the judges would query. In the five-eight minutes that we had to present, we were able to show the functionality of the app and the financial feasibility of the package," Mitchell added.

He indicated that the team was carefully selected from the group of qualified students, capable of representing NCU at any level. "With 36 hours to create the most useful application, the team rose to the occasion. With experience in local and international competitions, I looked for different strengths in the different areas such as, mobile development, database management, web and graphic development," Mitchell said. He said having taught all of them throughout, they were a cohesive unit.

Team leader Kevin Kennedy heaped praises on his team and said of the experience: "We are a group of Godly men, always mindful of who we represent. We changed our approach midway the development phase, but we remained steadfast knowing that we are capable of producing the best. We took this competition personally. This app is not about what others would use, but what we are capable of attaching our brand to," Kennedy said.