TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) In the age of smart phones and tablets tiny programs called apps have dominated the internet in the last few years. In 2013 Folks downloaded around 102 billion apps and 2014 promises to add to that number.
In Terre Haute, one high school student is adding to the number, but not by downloading. He’s creating some popular apps of his own.
With today’s technology the world of information fits in the palm of your hand. If you have a specific interest there’s probably an app that someone has designed; some one like Saoud Rizwan
“My dad introduced making websites to me,” Rizwan said. “I got interested in programming his website for his clinic. Then after I got into the phase of like making websites for my dad’s business I decided to make things for myself.”
It’s said necessity is the mother of invention. Saoud is a testament to that; his first app grew out of a need to save money at the store. From that Frugal was born.
“I could scan items bar code like somewhere in Wal-Mart if I found something I like but I wanted it to be a cheaper price,” he explained. “It would search Amazon and E-Bay for cheaper prices and then show me whatever the cheapest price was.”
The more he programmed the easier app making got. Call it a hobby. Saoud sees an app where other people see a problem.
“A lot of people are mathematically challenged when it comes to deciding how much to tip; like what percentages and you know at the moment you don’t wanna through every step,” he said.
So he came up with Tippit: an app that does the tipping work for you. Its not just Saoud and his friends using his creation.
The app’s download total is up to 50,000 across the world.
“The most rewarding thing about it is getting emails from users that actually like it and want me to update it with new features so they can use it more for their needs,” he said.