Local CTC student promotes exploring through app
by Cheree Dye
May 28, 2014 | 1294 views | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chattahoochee Technical College programming students received honorable mention at the first-ever Association of Information Technology Professionals National Collegiate Conference’s Code 24. The competition tasks students with the goal of creating an idea for an app, developing the corelating prototype and sales pitch within 24 hours.

Six students formed the group Dragon Drop, which took its name from a play on words denoting the action of dragging and dropping icons on the computer. Richard Davy of White led the team of Ella Smith, Cedeno Carter, Matthew Semple, William Driver and Aaron Beraki of Gwinnett Technical College.

Dragon Drop developed a

prototype of an app that aids people in planning adventure-type outings.

“Go Live is the name of our app and it’s a way of using technology to get communities interested in exploring. A backwards concept of using technology to get people away from technology,” Davy said.

The concept is the app will allow users to go to their favorite hiking spot or outdoor location and take photos. Go Live will automatically cache the location by longitude and latitude and allow the user to enter a description of the place. Users also can list items useful for the trip, for example, hiking boots or trekking poles. People can click on the post, get directions from their location, click on the items posted that users found helpful for the trip and the app will search for the lowest price on the Internet. If it is out of town the app will show lodging options at the lowest price.

“You don’t have to go through all the Internet to find the things like directions, lodging or accessories you might need for yourself. You can simply click on your friend’s post and get everything you need to organically grow into that adventure,” Davy said.

“Overall, Code 24 sought to bring potential startups that were once unheard of out of the woodwork and show the teams that participated the remarkable things that can be accomplished in 24 hours when given the opportunity and need,” said Steve Prettyman, an instructor and advisor at CTC.

The team members of Dragon Drop liked the idea of the app so much they currently are working to create a business plan and gather engineers to develop it. “We are hoping to make a web app and generate it in three to six months,” Davy said.

Davy, who is scheduled to complete his associates degree in December, plans to a obtain a bachelor’s degree in information technology. Afterward, he wants to earn a master’s degree in computer science and specialize in artificial intelligence.

“The team that won first place at Code 24 was led by a woman who had been diagnosed at a young age with juvenile diabetes. The app directly connected to an insulin pump to monitor the release of insulin and would import all that information regarding changes in your blood sugar to a database. It was an amazing idea,” Davy said.

The competition may be extended next year to 48 hours.

“This was my first competition and it was really, really fun. The dynamic of it was very interesting; the team was made up of programming students so creating a sales pitch was new to all of us,” Davy said. “If they increase the timeline next year to 48 hours it will make the competition even better.”