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PAUL Acheson

PAUL Acheson, 20, from Dromara, WAS one of five lucky undergraduates to secure a place in the final stages of Kainos AppCamp. AppCamp offers a unique and exciting opportunity for young developers and entrepreneurs to conceive and develop their own innovative mobile apps. He is a software engineering student at Queen's University and President of Queen's Computing Society, which organises lots of social events and talks from industry professionals.

What do you like doing on your day off?
My ideal day off would be playing a few games with my mates, watching the football and then heading out for a drink in the evening, maybe head to the gym somewhere in the middle of all that.

If you were to choose your favourite meal what would it be, where and why?
I love my food so this is hard, but I'd have to say a steak dinner at Lavery 's.

What has been your proudest moment?
Difficult to say, recently it would have to be either being elected as QCS President or getting through to the final of Kainos AppCamp.

What was the most frightening moment of your life?
Probably opening my A Level results, felt physically sick with fear that morning.

How would you describe your taste in clothes?
Usually just t-shirts, chinos, jeans, hoodies and trainers. Nothing too fancy or out of the ordinary, I tend to mostly shop in Burton, Topman and River Island.

What would you do if you won a million pounds?
Build a castle and have my mates round for a castle party! Then maybe invest the rest in a pretty successful company like Apple or Google.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Probably when I gave a presentation and forgot what I was supposed to be talking about in front of a lecture theatre full of people - I felt like I was in an episode of Peep Show.

What music do you like?
I have a pretty varied taste in music, generally like a bit of indie, electro, rock and rap. Favourite artists would probably be Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys and Jay-Z.

What sports person do you most admire?
Probably Ryan Giggs - he's been playing in the top flight of English football for longer than I've been alive.

Describe your best ever holiday. What would your dream holiday be?
I went to the Netherlands this year with my girlfriend which was great, my highlight was probably the Heineken brewery, it was awesome. My dream holiday would probably be a trip around the United States, Id like to see how much the country varies from place to place.

What is your greatest remaining ambition?
I'd love to one day work for Valve, a games development company based in the United States, I really admire their work and appreciate the games which they develop, and I'd love to be a part of that.

If you could spend a day with a celebrity whom would you choose?
I'd love to spend a Saturday watching the footy with the Soccer Saturday team, they're hilarious!

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