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.
In the award application, Kirtz estimated the app would save time and reduce errors.
Ginger Daril, public relations manager with Verizon Wireless in Little Rock, Ark., said Young's app was chosen as the winner from about three dozen entries from the Oklahoma City and Tulsa area. The contest asked Verizon customers to tell how they used the company's technology and services.
Tietz said he tested the app on one of his jobs and was pleased with it. The company is still working to implement the first phase and will use the prize money to by iPads for the team.
He said a team of people helped put Young's app into play, from those who approved starting the process to those who filled out the award form.
“He's an excellent young man,” Tietz said.