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Winners announced at Apps for Good

BELOW: Debbie Forster


Information Sponsored by Thomson Reuters

he winners of the national Apps for Good Awards 2014 have been announced at a ceremony in London, celebrating the achievements of the

country’s leading young digital entrepreneurs. The awards, held at the Barbican, celebrated the next

generation of problem solvers and digital creators: students who have created an app that tackles an everyday problem or issue they are passionate about. The teams of students, aged 10 to 18, pitched in

front of a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders to be crowned the winner. This year, six winners for six theme-based categories were chosen from 18 fi nalist teams.

The winning app teams are: WINNING T EAM

Stratford Girls’ Grammar School

My Planet Sponsored by Thomson Reuters

Budehaven Community School

Connected Communities Sponsored by TalkTalk


Shireland Collegiate Academy

Wick High School AP P

I’m Okay Provides support for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people

ShoreCast Identifi es the best nearby surf spots with the most favourable conditions

Crime Time Brings awareness to crime hotspots to increase neighbourhood safety

Chore At ack Helps divide housework between families and housemates to get everyone doing their fair share of the chores

Learning Sponsored by Samsung

Saving, Spending and Giving Sponsored by Thomson Reuters

Hymers College The Wroxham School

Crypto Connex Game that teaches the art of codebreaking

Pocket Money Pig Pocket money manager for parents so they can manage what's been lent and spent

The winner of the People’s Choice Award, sponsored

by Tech London Advocates, has also been revealed as ‘Occasion Location’, developed by students from Sut on Grammar School for Boys, which allows users to fi nd, rate and promote venues. This app was voted the overall fan-favourite out of all the shortlisted app entries. This year’s awards also recognise the coding whizzes

on the Apps for Good course, with Coding Ninja prizes for the students who have created the best working prototypes. The winners were:

 Tech Ninja, sponsored by the Nominet Trust – Altrincham Grammar School for Boys: ‘School Advisor’.  Social Ninja, sponsored by Facebook – Dr Challoner's Grammar School: ‘Bat le Tables’.

The winning teams in the six thematic categories and the People’s Choice Award winner will now work with development agencies to launch their apps on to the market in January 2015, with the support of Apps for Good and their sponsors. Debbie Forster, UK managing director of Apps

for Good commented: “We’d like to off er our congratulations to all the winners this year! The Apps for Good Awards are our chance to celebrate the innovation and hard work of all of the students in Apps for Good courses across the country, demonstrating the potential of technology to support learning. “The Apps for Good course teaches not only the

fundamentals of coding, but also skills such as problem solving, creativity and communication that are essential to success in the 21st century. The winning student teams have demonstrated all of these skills and more, and we can’t wait to see the fi nal apps launched on to the market in January.” ET

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