UCU app champs in nat’l android tilt

After making it through as one of the top five finalists, the UCU Knight Coders’ android application, the first and only entry of the university, was adjudged as champion in the Android Masters 2016 under Utility/Productivity category spearheaded by the Google Development Group (GDG) held on Nov. 19, 2016 at the De La Salle University, Manila.

The program developers, Byron Jan Mairina, Marvin Trecenio, and Justine Louise Villanueva are all BS Information Technology students who successfully developed the application under the supervision of Mr. Arnel B. Ocay as their adviser.

Dubbed Nutrivision, the app allows the consumer to take a picture of any food, and it will show the ingredients that are present. It helps consumers, especially those people who are dieting, because it can help them to monitor, for example, the number of calories and carbohydrates of the food that they eat. The developers made an update adding voice recognition capability of the application.
“They (the developers) know the social relevance of the app. No matter how trending it is, no matter how ‘in’ it is, the most important thing is the purpose and the functionality of the app – having social innovation particularly on how people use it,” Mr. Ocay said.

The application also grabbed the Most Downloadable Application Special Award, beating the 193 entries all over the country including the University of the Cordilleras, De La Salle University, STI Academic Center of Caloocan, and University of St. La Salle, the other top five finalists in the said category.

“We made it this far through the help of the Lord and the untiring support of the students, faculty, and administration of our university,” Villanueva, one of the student developers, added.
Android Masters is a collegiate inter-school android application development challenge which encourages students to develop their creative application ideas and publish it on Google Play Store. #