The trio are national winners in the World Citizenship category of the competition thanks to their Access Earth app. This app provides up-to-date, reliable data on the accessibility of buildings all over the world for those with impaired mobility.
The idea for the app came from an experience that Matthew McCann had during the 2012 Olympic Games when he booked a hotel that said it was accessible, but found that there were steps leading up to the hotel and that the door was too narrow to accommodate his rollator. As a result, the team decided that there was a need for practical information that helps those with disabilities as well as their families, friends and work colleagues to navigate the built environment with ease.
Microsoft Ireland wished the team luck. Developer Lead at Microsoft Ireland, Clare Dillon, said: “This project by Matthew McCann, KC Grant and Jack Gallagher is certainly a high calibre entry which we hope will be rewarded on an international stage. The Microsoft team here in Ireland will be supporting the team through the competition and wish them the best of luck.”