Recent Lee’s Summit High School graduate, Louie Bertoncin has been involved with FIRST Robotics throughout his high school career.
Bertoncin, along with his peers, noticed that the old system of scouting with pen and paper was less than satisfactory.
“We were using a paper-based system that was incredibly inefficient and was difficult to navigate,” Bertoncin said. “So I thought there had to be a better, electronic solution. I thought, ‘well why not develop an app for that?’”
Similar to athletic sports, stats are used to determine what sets players apart from each other.
“We score all the actions of a robot in a match. From that, you’re able to distinguish averages and, over time, you’ll be able to see what team has a better robot than every other team,” Bertoncin said.
Bertoncin taught himself how to code through Apple’s program and, with the help of a couple of Team Driven mentors, the FRC Scout application was created for the iPad.
Each year, FIRST Robotics teams are faced with a new challenge and a new game. Due to this, Bertoncin builds a new app every year to accommodate the season’s game.
His hard work has not gone unnoticed. Not only has his app been downloaded nearly 1,000 times, but Apple was impressed with the design and functionality of the app.
“I got an email last Friday morning [May 30, 2014], and Apple emailed me and asked if they could use my app in the Worldwide Development Conference this year,” Bertoncin said.
The WWDC took place June 2 through June 6 in San Francisco, California and hosted more than 100 sessions led by Apple engineers, extensive sets of hands-on labs, gives developers a chance to connect and learn the latest about iOS and OS X software.
Apple wanted to use Bertoncin’s app during presentations and labs to showcase good design. Bertoncin was estatic.
“I danced quite a bit,” Bertoncin said. “I celebrated quite a bit with my robotics coach, Jim Nazworthy, and I, of course, replied with yes.”
Bertoncin will be attending Missouri S&T in the fall and plans to continue his current internship with Cerner.
“In the future, I plan on expanding the app so that it goes on multiple platforms,” Bertoncin said. “I’m growing a team for next year’s app.”
Bertoncin plans to continue working with the app to see where it takes him. One day, Bertoncin may find himself employed by Apple or Google.