Deakin IT students to further develop real estate app technologies

Deakin news
19 June 2018

Students from Deakin University's School of Information Technology have the opportunity to further develop one of Australia's latest real estate apps, thanks to a collaboration between the school and live auction app Gavl.

Eligible students undertaking the school's industry Capstone Program– in which final year Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Computer Science students develop solutions to real-world problems for industry brands– have been selected to work on app development for Gavl.

The capstone program runs from March to October, with teams being chosen to have a mixed skillset from user experience design, user interface, app development, web development, data analytics, games, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cyber security and robots.

For Gavl, the students will be working on projects such as camera robotics, auction bidding gamification, property price estimation and voice to text translation.

'Working with Gavl will give our students unique insights and commercial experience in the innovative applications of big data, robotics, mobile games, artificial intelligence and live streaming technology,' Dr Gang Li, Associate Professor in Deakin's School of IT says.

Omar Faraj is in his final year of a Bachelor of Information Technology and is one of the Deakin students working on the Gavl project.

'Working with Gavl gives me a great opportunity to apply the theory and groundwork I've learn through my course into real world applications,' Mr Faraj says. 'It's also given me a far better understanding of the power of technology in practical executions and the commercial value these hold for both startups and established businesses.'

Gavl's CTO Leith Donaldson says the company is on the hunt for talent.

'We're committed to remaining at the forefront of the tech industry so we're on the hunt for the brightest talent to develop our world-leading technology,' Mr Donaldson says.

'In my view, recent graduates are closest to the latest technology trends and are hungry to make a difference.

'The next era of tech innovations will come from the freshest industry experts, so in working with Deakin's School of IT we're providing real industry experience and creating career pathways for the next generation of tech wiz kids.

'We're hopeful that a few of the program's high achievers and brightest minds will consider an ongoing career with Gavl.'

Students commenced development in March, with prototypes expected throughout 2018.

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