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Students have technology idea-athon ‘In the Bag’

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A GROUP of students have helped to create a new app designed to improve recycling rates in Guernsey.

App developers, left to right, Mike Borman, Rufus Barnes, Katie Marquard, Jessica Salisbury and William Tiffin. (25731568)

The ‘In the Bag’ app helps islanders understand how to correctly dispose of their rubbish by simply scanning or searching for the item on a smartphone. Students Katie Marquand, Jessica Salisbury, Mike Borman, Rufus Barnes and William Tiffin spent the last six weeks creating the app.

The app has been designed to ensure everyone is able to use it and includes useful information, such as the correct bin night and information on all the waste sites in Guernsey. Users are also able to report items in case they have not previously been scanned and alert the team so the system can be updated with the correct information. The data collected from the app will then be shared with the States of Guernsey in order to improve local recycling.

The app was the winning idea at the annual idea-athon held by technology firm C5 Alliance in April. The competition challenges teams of industry experts including the States of Guernsey Innovation Lab, C5 Alliance employees and bursary students to find solutions to community problems.

Student Mr Tiffin said: ‘I have really enjoyed working on the app.

‘My favourite part was working on the web end and data. It’s been a big challenge. It took six weeks to create with three two-week sprints. The last sprint was testing the app.’

The developed app was presented to industry experts at the Digital Greenhouse. Deputy Lindsay De Sausmarez, a member of the Environment & Infrastructure Committee, was one of the idea-athon judges. ‘The app is a really exciting opportunity for Guernsey. Recycling is going from strength to strength and this continues the upward climb in making recycling more efficient,’ she said.

‘The app will especially help with the tricky items we struggle with every day. People still have questions on how certain materials are recycled. This app gives us the power to solve them.’

C5 Alliance consultant Charles Christian, who led the project, said: ‘The students have been great. They have all been very enthusiastic and made a good team. They worked very quickly and in the first two weeks had already built the basis of the app. We are excited to see how the project will develop in the future.’

Will Green

By Will Green
Business Editor

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