Apple Award a “bucket list” moment for Kiwi developer

What started as a way to make life easier for him and his family has seen Cantabrian Devin Davies take out an Apple Design Award for his meal planner app Crouton.

Davies, a 27-year-old senior software engineer from Christchurch-based app development company Smudge, was one of 14 app developers from around the world recognised at Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this week.

Created in Davies’ spare time in 2019, Crouton allows users to scan, save and store recipes. With the latest version of the app, users of Apple Vision Pro, a mixed reality headset, can bring the recipes to life with augmented reality.

“Crouton is a safe place for your recipes from wherever you find them, websites, cookbooks, your grandmas scribbled note. It makes it super easy to meal plan, so your shopping and cooking are made simple,” said Davies.

The app has been covered in the Wall Street Journal and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“I started Crouton for myself and my family”, says Davies.

“I genuinely had no idea it would take off like this. The last few months have been a whirlwind.”

He travelled to California for the WWDC, where he was presented with an Innovation award.

“It’s still a bit hard to believe it’s real. Winning this award is top of the bucket list for me, it’s not something I ever thought would happen.”

Crouton has received more than 160,000 downloads since launching and was featured as a US Apple Store’s App of the Day in 2023.

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