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AHS Girls Sweep Technovation Pitch Day

posted Apr 28, 2012, 2:22 PM by Ted Barone
For the past 10 weeks, 5 teams of Albany girls have been learning how to develop Android mobile applications. They've learned everything from coding, to marketing, to how to write a business plan for their product.

Out of 11 teams at Saturday's regional Pitch Event, Albany came in 1st, 2nd, and tied for 3rd place!!!

Our winning team of Wendy Li (11th Grade), Denise Leung (11), Siyao Ma (10), Elena Prioreschi (9), and Lisa Illes (9) will be competing against 10 other teams from across the country this Thursday at 6 pm in Santa Clara. The winning team will have their app developed for the Android app market! 

Please consider attending. Info and free tickets here: 

Meanwhile, be sure to congratulate our winning teams and to recognize all our participants for their hard work, creativity, technological prowess, and business acumen.

Teacher Sean Morris got all of this off the ground and provided top notch coaching and technological help to all the girls. Make sure to give him props - he put in a lot of hours and effort for this program.

Thanks also to those who attended the Pitch event and a special thanks to AHS parent Jon Bashor for his support of this program.

Here are our 5  teams and the apps they developed:

Team Coffee Beans (Wendy Li (11), Denise Leung (11), Siyao Ma (10), Elena Prioreschi (9), Lisa Illes (9)) presents "StudiCafe"

"StudiCafé will provide high school students with a tool that is a fun and effective way to study for an AP science class or test.

StudiCafé includes a virtual world aspect that will help incorporate a social feature into the app. We know that we cannot program the virtual world due to our limited coding knowledge, although we know it is possible.

The world of StudiCafé includes different AP Cafés that you can visit. After entering a café there will be 6 choices; visit other cafés, view statistics, take practice test, practice multiple choice, practice with flashcards, and take FRQ."

Team Infinity (Connie Ma (12), Tina Saadi (11), Annie Chen (11), Thalia Brown (9), Jessie Willson (9) ) presents "BondBros"

"BOND: my chemical bromance"
We know you've been slaving over that AP chemistry study guide. We know you want to take some time to play around a little with your bros. We know you may not be the biggest fan of ionic bonding.
We want you to know that this can change.
We want you to know that you can entertain yourself with Something You Learned at School.
We know, because we made an app for it." 

Team Napsters (Pasang Wangmo (11), Devo Goldschmidt (10), Delmy Alvarado (11), Anna Lin (11), Rebecca Lieber (9) ) presents "NapApp"

The NapApp is a mobile application targeted for students between the ages of 14 and 27 who don't get enough sleep, or anyone who finds themselves in need of a nap. NapApp establishes a personal schedule for the user that they can use day to day, or even long term. This app teaches the user how to take the perfect nap so they can wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the rest of the day. An assortment of additional features are presented in a simple format that will teach people how to get the most out their nap time. 

Team Enigma (Alexandra Gates (11), Cerina Epple (11), Marika Rainey (9), Faustine Yiu (9) ) presents their app "trackr"

What if your phone could function for you instead of against you while you work? Trackr does this by allowing you to track work and break time, maintain focus, and increase productivity during both break and work time. During breaks, you get a chance to participate in and learn about real scientific research about how you learn and think. With its simple user interface and reliable information, your phone will no longer allow you to waste valuable time.

Team Pigs in a Blanket (Sarah Essex (12), Emily Zhao (11), Emma Gadberry (9), Swechchha Parajuli (9), Hiroka Tamura (9) ) presents "Food Chain Frenzy"

Food Chain Frenzy is a mobile app designed for elementary and middle school students that can teach them about the food chain in a fun, interactive way. It has levels based on how well you understand the subject, with different animals in each one. Terms are defined and will teach kids without them having to read and comprehend a textbook. Parents can install it for their student and make a better, more fun learning environment.

Report compiled by:
Sara Oremland
Librarian, Albany High School