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Four teens build Android app, win $35,000 in contest

May 14, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka

Android News

Four teens build Android app, win $35,000 in contest

I keep thinking that I should try my hand at Android app development, but I chicken out due to my lack of time and faith in my ability. Then I stumble across a story of four teenage girls who created their own Android app and I wonder why I haven’t already started learning. (I must admit that the average teenage girl is probably smarter than me, so this is probably a bad example.)

A group of four California students participated in the Microsoft Technovation Challenge, aimed at encouraging more women to become tech entrepreneurs. Within eight weeks, the team of Lindsey and Shreya Ramachandran, Emilie Robert Wong, and Emily Scharff was able to create an Android app for the grade-school staple M.A.S.H. The app snagged the young team a total of $35,000 in prizes, and a $1,000 scholarship for each student.

Stories like this just strike a chord with me, showing how Android is growing. Best of all, is this great quote from the group:

“When we were first planning, we found that this was a pretty basic setup,” Lindsey said. “Programming was simple. It’s a fun game, not an app that solves global warming.”

The girls’ goal was to create a finished working application by the end of the eight weeks.

“You don’t have to be a super genius or an adult to be able to make an interesting piece of technology,” Emilie said.

I look forward to seeing this app released into the Android Market, even though I’m obviously beyond the age of playing M.A.S.H.