New app aimed at acing Gigatown competition

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A new smartphone and tablet application is leading the charge for Oamaru’s 2014 gigatown competition efforts.

Gigatown Oamaru ambassador Derek Golding has created an app to provide information about the competition and integrate social media feeds in one place.

“The aim of the game for this is to provide people with a one stop shop for the competition,” Mr Golding said.

It would also benefit local businesses by teaching them about the power of social media, he said.

“This is basically business development for Oamaru.”

The committee would use the app to show events related to the competition and provide resources such as “how-to” guides for the community, he said.

The app was released for Android phones and tablets, as well as the Kindle e-Reader just before Christmas, Mr Golding said.

A version for Apple phones and tablets would potentially be available within the next two weeks, he said.

In the first day it was available the app was downloaded about 60 times, and people from as far as Israel and the United States had downloaded the app, Mr Golding said.

“It’s an easy way to follow the whole of the competition.”

Oamaru was the only town to have an app dedicated to the gigatown competition, and would help the town’s efforts to win the fastest broadband in the Southern Hemisphere through 2014 until the finalists are announced at the end of September, he said.

Throughout the year the committee would be creating educational videos for schools to get more people involved.

“I think that will be the big thing that lets us gain lots of points.”

By DAVID DE LOREAN