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Spotlight: An Apple (Award) for the Student

Date Published:
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Senior Jeremy Olson staked his claim to computing excellence by creating Grades 2. The computer application recently won a design award at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

A self-taught iOS developer, Olson completed all the design and development work for Grades 2.

Olson said the recognition was “just incredible. I’m an Apple fan primarily because of their design work is so captivating. It was that kind of enjoyable experience that I aspired to on my application, so it is an amazing privilege and honor that Apple would choose my app out of the hundreds of thousands of apps that came out last year.”

Grades 2 allows students to calculate the scores necessary to achieve a target grade point average. Users input their grades and list upcoming assignments to achieve the desired GPA. It includes due date notification for the assignments and a calendar and drop grade feature to track GPA progress for individual courses and overall GPA.

It was that kind of enjoyable experience that I aspired to on my application, so it is an amazing privilege and honor that Apple would choose my app out of the hundreds of thousands of apps that came out last year.
Jeremy Olson

Olson created the first version of Grades in 2009, releasing it in March 2010. The second version debuted in April 2011; it works on Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. More than 100,000 individuals have downloaded a version of the application, and for more than a week, it was the most-downloaded education app from the Apple Store.

While Olson is excited to win an award at the Apple conference, he said the real prize is the opportunities the notoriety affords him. He recently formed his own company, Tapity, and he plans to continue to build computer applications.

“We’ve already been approached by a number of name brand companies that want us to help them with their apps,” said Olson. “We also will be working to improve our flagship app Grades during the summer.”

Olson, who grew up in Huntington Beach, Calif., has lived in the Charlotte area since 1999. He is working toward a bachelor’s degree in the Department of Software and Information Systems at the UNC Charlotte College of Computing and Informatics.

Photo provided by Jeremy Olson.