Chandler teenager wins award for app design

BY LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN lbrinkman@opubco.com Published: November 15, 2011
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Teen wins award for app design

When Mack Tietz's grandson showed him how an iPad worked, the sales team member for Kirtz Shutters had an idea about how he could use it to help him get his job done. To turn the idea into reality, Tietz, 66, called on his grandson, Joshua Young, 14, of Chandler, and Young went to work.

Verizon Wireless recently awarded an Innovation Award Grant to Kirtz Shutters for the mobile application Young created for the company. Kirtz executives split the $10,000 prize with Young.

The app gives the sales team measuring a home's windows easy access to estimates and a bid for jobs. When the quote and order app is fully implemented, the team will be able to enter the window dimensions and other information to produce a bid and contract for the customer.

Young said he used an existing app and tailored it to information Kirtz had in its database. He said he worked on the app about 25 hours over about six weeks. “I did most of it, and if I had a little trouble at any point, I would ask my dad, and he would guide me,” the homeschooled student said.

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