Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Companies Launch High School Football Apps

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Oklahoma Companies Launch High School Football Apps

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High school football season is kicking off and two phone applications launched this week will allow hard-core and general- interest fans to track their favorite teams.

This week, Vype Oklahoma launched an informational application that will track all 438 Oklahoma high schools, said Austin Chadwick, publisher.

"For years, a lot of companies and really smart people have tried to capture their readers and viewers with a mobile app," Chadwick said. "We have an app that feeds off of what we do in our everyday operations."

Vype Oklahoma magazine and website are owned by Tulsa-based Trinity Media Group LLC, which operates five publications across Oklahoma. The company, started in 2005, also licenses magazines in 13 states.

The app is free, just like the publications, Chadwick said, and word has spread.

"We had 1,000 downloads in the first 24 hours without publicizing it," Chadwick said.

Also this week, two Tulsa-based businesses teamed up to create a mobile application for smartphones called the Rah Rah app. John Favell, founder and owner of Vistalign, went to mobile app and software developer MacroSolve to develop the app.

Brett Williams, vice president of business development of Illume Mobile, calls the app the first of its kind in the state. Illume Mobile is a division of MacroSolve Inc., which provides mobile technologies and apps for business.

"What sets this apart is the interactive aspect - it allows fans to guess the score throughout the game, kick virtual field goals and other tricks to rack up points," Williams said.

The football app has a live leader board that allows users to see how they stack up against other fans during games. The fan who has the most points at the end of the game will not only have bragging rights, but can also win a prize that could include pizza gift cards, gas cards and other items, he said.

The first schools using the app - which is live - include Union, Jenks, Metro Christian Academy and Bartlesville. …

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