Centennial students win award for outdoor play app
Centennial College International Business Management students Jayapriya Narayanan and Sampada Suryavanshi won the ANZ Highly Commended Team Award in the Global Enterprise Experience Competition for their team’s submission, “Kidz Tech.” Their innovative gaming application uses a digital avatar to reward outdoor play and encourage children to be physically active. The awards ceremony took place on May 21 in the New Zealand Parliament, which sponsored the international competition.
The Global Enterprise Experience competition brings together students from around the world to work in teams of six to eight online to create business ventures that tackle social and environmental issues. The Centennial students’ team included participants living in New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa. Each team relied on cloud computing to communicate with their members and exchange information.
Kidz Tech encourages children to be active and develop a habit of playing outdoors. Once an account is set up, children use the animated interface to personalize their own avatar. The character can be grown stronger and healthier by logging actual outdoor activity, such as playing basketball, soccer or running. The app will have voice commands and voice recognition for children with special needs.
Scheduling a group game or an activity is also possible in the app and helpful reminders can be sent to prompt children. Based on the inputted data, points are calculated and used to upgrade the avatar’s health and “super powers.” Each level will have its own exciting in-app features to keep children engaged. Based on market demand, each feature will be released at the respective level for a nominal charge.
The Kidz Tech proposal was recognized as a viable and appealing tool to help children break free from their indoor video games and to play outside. Jayapriya Narayanan was also the recipient of the Highly Commended Journal Award in the same competition. The pair was assisted and coached by Centennial College School of Business professors Kathie Leslie and Tulsi Dharel. Congratulations to all the members of the Kidz Tech team for their excellent work!
From left to right are: Kathie Leslie, Jayapriya Narayanan, Sampada Suryavanshi and Tulsi Dharel.