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UVI HackFest Shines Spotlight on Students’ Entrepreneurial Creativity - Students inspired to develop apps for practical, real-life needs

Students from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) recently showed off their entrepreneurial vision and spirit as part of the University’s annual Hackfest competition. 

The two teams that won the UVI competition prepared concepts for apps to address the theme of the competition: “Increasing the Quality of Life for the Elderly”. 

Senior Tahlia Frederick-Ottley and junior Lateefah Evans worked together to design Senior Care, an easy way for seniors to get assistance with big or small tasks such as banking, shopping or filling a prescription by simply saying or typing it into the app. 

The idea for MediScan, an app to help elderly patients be more organized with their prescription medications, was developed by Shamir Smith, a senior who hails from St. Thomas, and his partner Akyem Prince, a junior from St. Croix.  

Smith, who is interested in entrepreneurship, cybersecurity and app development, competed in HackFest to “test if I can create a realistic innovative solution to improve the quality of life of the elderly.”  

More information is available in a news release on the Media Section of the UVI and from this direct link.