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Nothing to desecrate
I listened to a talk-back host on Tuesday morning, May 28.
He was saying with some surprise that the local crime
figures show Merivale high on the list of targeted places in
Christchurch. It is no surprise to me that the felons have
shifted their modus operandi to the more opulent part of
town. There is nothing left to desecrate, steal or vandalise
here in New Brighton.
Get started with our aquatic park in the New Brighton
beach zone, David East s and Tim Sintes (Burwood
Pegasus Community Board members) plan. The
community and 20,000 signatures show how much the
people of Christchurch and further afield want it to
happen. Will it take a mass demonstration by the people
to get things moving along? Once the drawcard water park
is there, business will follow.
Milk scheme very worthy
The innovation between Fonterra and Fisher and Paykel
to supply 350,000 primary school children with low fat
milk by 2014 highlights the integrity of those having
engineered this scheme for the benefit of our most precious
commodity (our children). This voluntary scheme hopefully
encompassing in excess of 1100 schools and 190,000
children, being endorsed by such a sporting icon and
ambassador as Richie McCaw is reflective of the interest of
this worthwhile project across all domains. Gary Knight,
Flatmates' help online
By ABBIE NAPIER
FLATTING 101: Bjorn Arndt, left, and George Smith are working on an app to solve
SINCE THE dawn of time living in a
flat has come with its own set of
Whose week is it to take out the
Who hasn t paid their part of the
If a flatmate is having his or her
stomach pumped, which relative is the
best one to call?
All these problems are well on their
way to being solved thanks to the col-
laborative efforts of University of Can-
terbury students, George Smith and
Flatmate is a web-based app being
developed by the two entrepreneurs as
part of the annual Entre awards.
Entre is a student-founded ideas
competition which sees 10 young hope-
fuls put their business ideas to the test
with the help of mentors and business
connections. The top prize is $75,000.
Guest judges include Icebreaker inno-
vator Brian Brackenridge.
Apps are everywhere these days.
You can upload them for anything --
games, a get fit motivator or a shop-
Flatmate aims to take the classic
flatting situation and make it 10 times
easier for those living under the same
George and Bjorn have been test
driving the app in its simplest form for
about two years, using their own flats
as guinea pigs.
The Entre process will see them put
in touch with designers, software
engineers, marketing experts and
potential sponsors. It will take their
fledgling idea and help them build it
into the best it can be -- and hopefully
make some profit at the same time.
At the moment, the app is capable of
automatically taking bank statements
from the flat account, and interpreting
the information to provide up to date
financial data -- who owes what, who
hasn t paid and how much. In two
years, it has worked every time,
removing the need for complex and
irritating accounting to make sure
everyone s paying their way.
It also allows the flat to upload and
create their own profiles. Each flat-
mate can have photos (last night s flat
party?), emergency contacts, work-
place, or anything else the other flat-
mates may need to know.
Management of utilities and chores
can be part of the app, making sure
everyone keeps to the schedule.
It will replace the need for a ragged,
multi-coloured chore wheel on the
fridge door and the latest bills stapled
to the kitchen wall.
It s everything you can imagine to
do with flatting, George said.
They hope to launch the app for
users early next year. Ideally, it will
be free, paid for in part by advertising
or connection with utilities companies
such as Meridian or Telecom. The idea
is to make it as cheap as possible.
The winner of the $75k Challenge
will be announced in September.
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