Stay in bed, help a charity

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 15:24 20/08/2014
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UPLIFTING IDEA: George McDonald's Get Up for Charity app is a finalist in this year's Entre Apps Challenge.

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A device helping people snooze in the name of charity is among the finalists of the University of Canterbury's annual phone application (app) competition.

The Get Up for Charity app is one of three finalists in this year's Entre Apps Challenge.

Second-year economics and marketing student George McDonald said his app aimed to create an ''uplifting experience'' for those who struggled to get out of bed when their alarm went off in the morning.

''It's a pretty simple concept. It's just an alarm clock but every time you hit the snooze button you donate a dollar to charity.''

Development of the app was still in its infancy but McDonald hoped it could be on the market by early next year.

Third-year speech and language therapy student Kristi Rabbitt also made the finals with her Childchat app.

The tool allows users to document, record and analyse the speech and language development of their children.

Fourth-year economics and finance student Elisha Nuttall rounds off the finalists with the Receipt Wizard app.

It allows people to store paper receipts in their phone in a searchable format, doing away with the need for paper.

The annual phone app competition is run by student club Entre, which features regular events to help young hopefuls put their business ideas to the test.

The winner of the Entre Apps Challenge will be named on Friday, August 22.

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