Teens' holographic property app needs crowdfunding support

HIGH TECH: Mackenzie Reardon, Sean Phillips and Hamish Caulfield, all 16, are launching a crowdfunding campaign to develop their Holographic Estate app.
HIGH TECH: Mackenzie Reardon, Sean Phillips and Hamish Caulfield, all 16, are launching a crowdfunding campaign to develop their Holographic Estate app. Iain Curry

THEY could be surfing, skateboarding or living normal teenage lives, but this group of high school students have their eye on another prize.

Mackenzie Reardon, Hamish Caulfield and Sean Phillips, all 16, have hatched a vision for a tech start-up they want to run together, called Holographic Estate.

The aspiring entrepreneurs will tomorrow launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise kickstarter capital for their business.

Yaroomba resident and student at St Andrew's Anglican College Sean Phillips said the app would be used by people who were planning to sell or rent out their house.

"The app takes a 3D model and puts it in your phone in a holographic way so people can view the house in full before they go into the house themselves," he said.

The group plan to sell the app to real estate agencies, but in the short term they need to raise start-up capital of $2500.

"The problem is that people who are looking at buying a place, they find that they can spend way too much time looking for houses," Sean said. "Then they only have an hour on a weekend where every house is put out for open house (inspection).

"They have to really decide which one they want to see just from the photos and the floor plan provided."

Holographic Estate would solve that problem by giving people the ability to "see" the home before setting foot in it, he said. If the crowdfunding campaign goes according to plan, the group will start developing the app, a process they expect to take between six and eight months.

The app will have features added, including the ability to add furniture.

"As people use it, you'll learn what they want, and then we'll learn how to customise it," Sean said.

The youngsters dreamed up their vision for Holographic Estate through Generation Innovation's GI Challenge over the last nine weeks.

As reported in the Daily, Generation Innovation and the GI Challenge offers 15 to 25-year-old Coast locals the chance to start their own business.

Mackenzie said he and Hamish, both Chancellor State College students, were already business partners when they started the GI Challenge, having founded another tech start-up.

Donate to Holographic Estate at when their crowdfunding campaign launches tomorrow.

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