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Innovators start young with PowerShot App

Powershot app members Elliott, Cory, Hamish, Jessica and Jason

Some of the Queensland’s biggest ideas are coming from our smallest people.

Four Cairns students have taken home a national iAward for their PowerShot App that measures the speed of your kick, hit or throw of a ball.

The Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative is investing in academic institutions, commercial enterprises and sports networks working on research and development projects and new start-ups. And our innovators are starting young!

Cairns app developers, Elliot Bairstow, Cory Dent, Hamish Howieson and Jessica May (all aged between 12-14), are taking sports technology to the next generation with the PowerShop App.

Elliott had the idea in November 2015 when he wanted to know how fast he could kick a soccer ball in the backyard – only to discover no accurate or inexpensive program existed to do this. 

Since developing the app with Dr Jason Holdsworth, the team has been kicking some serious business goals, taking out the Queensland iAward in the junior student category and now winning the national iAward in this category.

“It was a big day for the founding members of PowerShot. 

“The five founding partners being myself (Elliot), Cory, Hamish, Jessica and Jason all signed a Partnership Deed on 26 July 2017. 

“So it's official now, our business name is AP PowerShot. And if you are wondering what the AP stands for, it’s ‘All Platforms’ – it’s super cool!” Elliott said.

The AP PowerShot team is currently concluding the beta testing of the app and making improvements ready for its release on the Apple App Store soon, later this month.

To learn more about these budding young entrepreneurs, their journey and the technology they’ve developed visit the PowerShot App website.

The Queensland Government through Trade 2018 – the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Trade and Investment Program – will be showcasing new sports technologies and innovations developed in Queensland, like the PowerShot App, next April 2018. 

Read more about Trade 2018 program.