Computer giant Microsoft offers GCU Enviro App star billing

29 November 2012

Computer giant Microsoft offers GCU Enviro App star billing

Colin Murchison and Professor Jim Baird receive the award from Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond

Developers of an eco-friendly phone app – designed to help small businesses reduce their carbon footprint – have presented their work to a top computer industry conference in Edinburgh.

The presentation comes after the group received a £50,000 prize from Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond after winning the Scottish Government-backed SME Enviro App competition.

The team were invited to speak at the Windows 8 VIP Summit at the Apex International hotel on Wednesday, November 29 by multinational software developers Microsoft. The phone app was used to showcase Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8 in action.

The £50,000 SME Enviro App prize was won by company Green Oak Solutions – in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University – who created the web and phone application ‘Care to Compare’. The app will help small to medium-sized businesses by measuring improvements in energy use, water consumption and waste management.

GCU Professor Jim Baird, of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We teamed up with the developers at Green Oak Solutions to work on this project and were delighted win the competition back in September

“Our app will work across all platforms but the chance to showcase it to this high profile audience was a great opportunity. Our presentation was something a bit different and was well received by the audience.”

The £50,000 winners’ grant is being used to further develop, finalise and deploy the phone app in a number of SMEs around Scotland on a wide variety of platforms. The developers will also visit the Microsoft Global Apps and Environmental Teams in Seattle in March next year.

The successful students were: Martin Grant (MSc Waste Management) and Max N’Yampala (3rd Year Web Systems Development).

On awarding the prize, the First Minister said: “This winning app can help businesses across Scotland to measure, manage and reduce their carbon footprint, while making cost savings at the same time.”


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