Aim of app to help get runners in the groove

Otago Polytechnic applied science students Tia Clark and Jordan Frost.  
Otago Polytechnic applied science students Tia Clark and Jordan Frost. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
You do not want to be listening to AC/DC if you move at about the same pace as a sloth.

Luckily, Otago Polytechnic bachelor of applied science student Jordan Frost has a much more appropriate playlist in mind.

The 21-year-old is in the process of developing an app which links your running cadence to the beats per minute (bpm) of popular music.

It started off as part of his course work but he hopes it will turn into a successful business venture.

He joined the other third-year students at Otago Polytechnic’s annual student showcase on Friday to talk about his project.

The showcase was set up to provide the students with the opportunity to present their ideas and insights to their peers and whanau.

Frost’s idea had its genesis when he was at King’s High School.

He competed in athletics from a young age and found listening to music beforehand helped his performance.

Frost was curious to see if music could help others improve their performances and the idea developed from there.

"Leading into this year I’ve really been zoning down into the running side of things," he said.

"Being able to select music on your device to match your steps per minute with the bpm is going to enable you to run at certain paces the cadence is set at."

The app is still in its very early stages of development.

"Heading into next year, I’m looking at putting a lot more time and effort into it.

"I’m looking at applying for the incubation programme at Startup Dunedin. If I do manage to get selected for the programme, they deliver mentorship and a bit of financial funding as well.

"Hopefully, that would put me in the position of looking at beta testing and, to make the app more accessible, to actually test it out rather than just talking about what it could eventually become."

Tia Clark (20) also made a presentation at the showcase.

"I’ve been doing a programme to help transition rural players into Dunedin club rugby," she said.

She is the granddaughter of Don Clark, who played two games for the All Blacks in 1964.

She has worked with the Otago Rugby Football Union to educate rural secondary school students about opportunities in Dunedin to continue playing Rugby.

"We just go out to the schools and give them the information to let them know there are a variety of different clubs and grades in Dunedin that they can play for."

After graduation Clark is moving back to Cromwell, where she grew up and has secured a job at a gym.

"I’m looking at going into strength and conditioning for athletes in Central Otago."

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