April 23, 2014

M.A.S.H. by Iron

This is an inspirational story about four girls: Emilie Robert Wong, Emily Scharff, Lindsey Wang and Shreya Ramachandran, all students at Castilleja School in Palo Alto who were a part of 2010 Microsoft Technovation Challenge. The goal of this program is to help close the gap between the number of male and female entrepreneurs in the high-tech sector.

After an eight-week course learning how to write programs for the Android operating system and how to market their product, the teens from Castilleja High School came out with the winning pitch and walked away with $30,000 in development capital from MobMark and $5,000 for advertising from AdMob at the April 22 Pitch Night in Mountain View. The goal was to create a finished working application by the end of the eight weeks. In addition to the venture capital, Microsoft and w@m — Women at Microsoft — kicked in an additional $1,000 in college scholarship money for each member of the winning team.

M.A.S.H. is a classic school yard game. The game was popular among the girls back in the 1980s and it’s making its high-tech comeback.  Looking into the future is part of the game. Learn your future by inputting choices for several categories.  Then, watch the magic happen. The application works your way through future spouse, career, and home to name a few creating a story to share with all your friends.

It’s a very cute application that lets you even pick the pictures in each category.  It behaved itself, did not force close or show any issues with the battery usage. The application was developed for Android by Iron, version 1.0.  It costs $2.99 on the Android Market, and has a high rating of 4.45/5.

I just love this game. Such an inspirational story.