University of Leeds students aiming to get top marks for smartphone app

SMART APP: James Gupta, left, and Omair Vaiyani who have developed the MyCQs app for medical studies. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
SMART APP: James Gupta, left, and Omair Vaiyani who have developed the MyCQs app for medical studies. PIC: Mark Bickerdike
Have your say

Two enterprising medical students at the University of Leeds are hoping to get top marks with their new smartphone app.

James Gupta and Omair Vaiyani are both training to become doctors but have also developed MyCQs, a mobile application that allows students to create multiple choice tests and share them with fellow students on Facebook.

Twenty-one-year-old James, originally from Lancashire, and 20-year-old Omair, who hails from Grimsby, met at university and have developed the software during their studies.

James told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We started making questions for each other last year and put them online and our classmates really liked them so we took it from there.

“Students and teachers alike have downloaded it and the feedback has been really positive.

“It’s been quite a learning curve for us, too, but I’ve done quite a bit of work in graphics and editing before which helped.

“We were hoping it would be an overnight success story but that was perhaps a bit unrealistic. It is picking up momentum now, though, the more people get to know about it.”

The app has only cost the pair around £500 to develop and has been downloaded 150 times from the online app store. While James insists the duo don’t want the app to distract them from their studies, he hopes it can be developed into something bigger.

He added: “We’ve put about 1,500 hours of work into it so it has taken a lot of dedication – I can’t remember the last time I slept before three o’clock in the morning!

“We’re happy that people like the app when they download it but we want to get as many people to use it as possible. There are some potential partners who we’re in discussions with at the moment who might be willing to put their content on the app.

“We’ve also got demand from teachers who would like to set tests for their students as homework and have them send the results back.

“We’ve literally done it all off our own backs and we’re really proud of it but we want to be doctors who made an app not app developers who dropped out of medical school.”

(from left) Nick Butler, Jane Butler, Sir Anthony Milnes-Coates, Tricia Stewart, James Naylor, Lady Harriet Milnes-Coates, Joey Clover at the Two Ridings Community Foundation Annual Charity Ball

Business diary: ‘Calendar Girl’ provides boost for community foundation