Student app-makers hit world stage

30 April 2013

Watch the students' video pitch outlining the BlueClover phone app. The content of this video is not owned or endorsed by the University of Sydney.

Three University of Sydney information technologies students have won the Microsoft Asian Cup with their BlueClover mobile phone app designed to help diabetics manage their condition.

The trio has been invited to showcase BlueClover at the annual Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank Forum held in Delhi, India this week. The meeting is a major forum for policy makers, key industry leader and non-government organisations to discuss solutions to economic and development issues facing the region.

Andrew Chen, final year information technologies student and co-developer of the app says he and fellow students Donald Zhang and Robin Huang designed BlueClover to replace the limited electronic solutions currently available to diabetics or the tedious logbook procedures they are required to use to record their daily intake of food and beverages.

"At the moment diabetes patients are required to manually record and calculate their levels. Our app focuses on a logbook that electronically records essential information needed for the management of the disorder such as blood glucose levels, amount of carbohydrates consumed for meals, and insulin levels," says Andrew.

BlueClover has been designed with additional functionality such as object recognition and barcode scanning for automated input of food nutrient information into the users' logbook.

"Instead of having to manually enter the information of the foods they eat, users can scan the barcodes of the products they consume."

The logbook can also provide analysed information on the recorded data such as graphs and trends.

The user friendly app has a built in alarm system that reminds the patient to record their glucose and carbohydrate intake along with the amount of exercise they have done.

Dr Jinman Kim, mentor and supervisor of the team, says the group spent their semester break developing and refining the app, adding capacity for it to collect and analyse more data. The team is hoping to commercialise BlueClover in the near future.

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