By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The School of Technology (SOT) last Friday made GIMPA proud as it emerged winnersof the maiden App challenge organised by the Institute.
Ashesi University came second with an app called ‘In Case of Emergency’ which is designed enable users alert either the fire service or the police of any emergency or prompt action.
Two other competing universities could not turn up for the programme.
The students from SOT (mainly level 400 students) created an app called ‘Glucheck’ which is designed to help users, especially diabetic patients, automatically calculate the carbohydrate level in foods they eat.
According to the students, the goal is for diabetic patients to know their glucose level as well as get access to first hand information from a professional (dietician) at the click of a button on their phones.
Both schools were put through several rounds of presentations after which GIMPA was adjudged winner by a three-member judge from outside GIMPA.
For their prize, the students received a plaque, certificate of participation, souvenirs from Surfline and an internship offer with an IT firm known as Ubuntu Technologies.
Dr. Joseph Adjei, the acting Dean of SOT, said the challenge provided a platform for students to demonstrate their skills.
Later in an interview with Mr. Daniel N. Treku, a lecturer at SOT, he stressed the need to merge the benefits of the accelerometer, a hard ware on phones to the ‘Glucheck app’ to make it more user friendly especially for the sick.
Mr. Treku further explained that the challenge was to foster a competitive spirit among students and to challenge them to come up with useful ideas that could benefit humanity.
He lauded the students for their effort and hard work and was optimistic that the challenge was going to be an annual event.
He further appealed to the health sector and government, since the app is a health related one, to join and support this worthy cause.