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Jeremy Ide’s app turns getting out of bed into a competition

HOLLIS, N.H. — Jeremy Ide has returned to Hollis from Las Vegas, where he took second place in a contest for high school students to invent smartphone apps.

Ide’s app is called The Wake Up With Friends App, and it turns getting out of bed for school into a competition.

“Basically, social pressure to get you out of bed in the morning,” Ide said.

Ide, who is a junior at Hollis Brookline High School, said his app idea came to him when he discovered that he’s not a morning person.

“I have trouble getting up in the morning sometimes, because I’m tired, and I figured what would make me want to get up in the morning?” he said.

The app lets users sync with Facebook friends. Ide said the winner in the morning is the person who turns their alarm off the fastest after it goes off.

Users can see their friends’ status, and can poke the friend if they are still asleep. That poke, Ide said, will activate a siren and start vibrating their phone to wake them.

The winners earn points.

“You have to get up, so you might as well make it fun,” Ide said. “Make a game out of it.”

Ide received a $10,000 scholarship through the Samsung Mobile App Academy. He plans to study engineering when he goes to college and hopes to turn his idea into a functioning app in the future.

“It has been a great experience,” he said. “It has shown me that I can create something that other people think is cool and creative.”

Jeffrey Hong of Texas won the grand prize. Hong’s app idea was to make a dash camera out of the smartphone.