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College of Computing and Informatics’ Student Designs Another Winner

October 31, 2012


Jeremy Olson, a student at UNC Charlotte’s College of Computing and Informatics (CCI), and his company Tapity, have hit another homerun.  One day after releasing the iPhone app, Languages, a translation tool, it became the #5 selling app overall in the Apple App Store.

“We are totally blown away,” said Olson.  “It’s hard to fathom one day there are just a few dozen people testing and refining it and the next day thousands of people are using the app, and the next day thousands more.  The fact that it is being used by people all over the world and is useful for them is mind-boggling and a really good feeling.  It’s also good to beat out Angry Birds in the App Store, which has always been a goal of mine.”

Olson said his company was approached about one year ago by Sonico, which developed the iTranslate app, which to date has been downloaded over 30 million times. It is a cloud-based translation tool for phrases.  However, Sonico developers learned there was a real need for an app that translates single words and is offline so it can be accessed anywhere in the world.

In 2011 Olson and his company Tapity won an Apple Design Award for Grades 2, an iPhone app that shows students what they need to score on their upcoming assignments, tests, and finals in order to get the grade they want.  It also includes due dates and a GPA calculator.

“Grades showed we could build neat stuff, but with a limited audience,” said Olson.  “Languages afforded us the opportunity to do something more universal that almost anybody would want to use.”

Olson formed Tapity along with his brother Josh and father Todd.  Fellow CCI student Christian Billings was also very instrumental in the development of Languages.


About The College of Computing and Informatics 

The College of Computing and Informatics provides academic programs in computer science, software and information systems, information technology, and bioinformatics.  It is also the home to leading research centers and institutes, including the Cyber Defense and Network Assurability (CyberDNA) Center, the Bioinformatics Research Center, the Charlotte Visualization Center, the Complex Systems Institute, and the Diversity in Information Technology Institute.  Active research awards currently total $35 Million.

About the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

UNC Charlotte is North Carolina’s urban research university. It is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina system and the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region. Fall 2012 enrollment exceeded 26,000 students, including 5,000 graduate students.


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