PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- More than 250 high schoolers and college students came to Pace University on Friday for the 2nd annual Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl, which was won by students at Mamaroneck High School.
Students were tasked with designing an app to improve the quality of life of people 65 and over in four weeks. The event was presented by County Executive Rob Astorino and Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.
Nellie Thornton High School students created an app to help elderly people maintain their diet. The user can input any dietary restrictions and then input a food to make sure it's safe to eat.
"If they are allergic to peanut butter and put in Reese's Pieces, it will say you cannot eat it, because of your allergy," Filipe Fonseca said.
Fonseca and Xavier Mendez said it had been a great experience participating in the project and knowing they could help extend someone's life with their app.
Three students from Mahwah created an app to help people remember important dates like birthdays.
"It can get confusing trying to remember everything," Kyle Mikolajczyk said.
Mikolajczyk, along with Andrew Soque and Jacob Davis said they tried the app out on their parents, who thought it worked smoothly.
Hill said with its new campus, Pace is becoming a tech hub for Westchester.
Rawson said they surveyed seniors to make sure the app worked for them.
Danny Delannes-Molka, Drew Gregory and Brian Poor of Fox Lane High School designed an app called Zealth to help people schedule tasks or show how productive they are.
"It can tell you how long you've walked or how you long you listened to music," Delannes-Molka said. "You can set tasks you want to complete. All the info is stored in a database."
Jonathan Hill, interim dean at Pace, said he enjoyed seeing the students show off their new apps.
"They have a love of technology and they're good at it," Hill said. "All of the apps are equally excellent and compelling. They're really great kids."
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