Catholic School Teacher Wins App Award

Canadian teacher Bruno Stranges of St. Mary Catholic School in Welland, ON, has developed an app to help people give to charity. From the Fort Erie Times:

Bruno Stranges

Image source: http://www.forterietimes.ca/2014/01/19/niagara-teacher-wins-app-contest

The Niagara Falls teacher has been coming up with app ideas for a number of years but discovered that developing and marketing an app can be a costly endeavour.

“I have these ideas since tablets came out but I found out that some apps are $30,000 to develop,” he said.

In December, however, the tides turned when he discovered Applits, a U.S.-based company that does all the legwork for budding app creators.

“The concept was great,” he said. “They want to make to make peoples’ dreams come true.”

Applits recently held a contest asking for app ideas and Stranges submitted an idea of an app that makes it easy for users to donate to a charity of their choice.

The app identifies charities based on a user’s preferences whether it’s from a recently-watched YouTube video or a news story.

“The goal is for it to be intuitive,” Stranges explained.

Users can donate to a charity and also win points towards additional monetary funds to use towards a future donation.

His iDonate app impressed the judges who felt the app fit perfectly with the company’s AppForCharity campaign.

Read more at FortErieTimes.ca.

Deacon Nick

Nick Senger, founder and editor of Catholic School Chronicle, is an award-winning Catholic school teacher, vice principal and technology coordinator. He is a deacon for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane.

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