NI student wins award for his ‘Budget Wise’ app

26 Jan 2012

Glenn Sayers (far right), pictured with Luke McNeice (left), software engineer, Kainos; and Tom Gray (centre), chief technology officer, Kainos. Sayers was presented with his award and £2000 worth of the latest Apple technologies in recognition of his suc

Glenn Sayers, a computer science student from Ballymena in Co Antrim, has won the ‘2011 Awesome App’ award after the app he developed at Kainos App Camp last summer was downloaded over 10,500 times from the Apple App Store.

As part of his prize, Sayers, who is currently studying at the University of Ulster’s Magee campus, was given Apple technologies worth stg£2,000 to further progress his app career from the technology company Kainos. He has also been offered a placement year at Kainos as part of his degree course.

Last summer Sayers was one of eight who participated in the first ever Kainos App Camp. The aim of the eight-week programme was to teach the students how to design and develop new apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices, as well as equipping them with digital skills.

Sayers’ Budget Wise app aims to help users track their finances and better manage their budgets. To date over 10,500 people have downloaded it – an average of 150 per day. And at one stage it was listed in Apple’s top 10 Apps.

And Sayers’ next app adventure? Following his recent success, he has been asked to develop a tourism app for Ballymena in Co Antrim.

Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic