Broch student wins award for Twitter data app

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A Robert Gordon University student who has developed an app for analysing Twitter data in a meaningful way is celebrating after the project won him an industry award.

Andrew James Watt, 22, from Memsie, who graduated with First Class Honours in Computer Science on Friday, July 18, picked up the Servelec Controls Prize for the Best Honours Project in Software Engineering at RGU and has been nominated as the university’s entry for the national Young Software Engineer of the Year 2014 award.

The former Fraserburgh Academy pupil built on his industry experience of real-time data systems to conceive the application which helps Twitter users analyse data on a specific topic. By entering keywords the application then retrieves Twitter data in real-time.

Andrew, who has presented his app to a number of companies such as IBM Israel, Deutsche Welle and Yahoo, commented: “Over the last few years there has been an explosive growth of social networks with users generating a mass of data by posting their own news, opinions and reflections using a social media conduit.

“A continual challenge for businesses in general is their ability to harvest and interpret consumer market intelligence data, which is what this app is designed to address.”

“It has been great to see the reaction to my project, which has gained substantial industry and research interest and I’m delighted to have been awarded the Servelec Controls prize, as well as representing RGU at the Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards.”

Andrew has picked up a host of prizes in previous years including the Second Year ConocoPhillips Prize for Academic Excellence and Fourth Year Codify Prize for Academic Excellence. He has now secured a job as a graduate software engineer at Aker Subsea Ltd.