Press Release: School finalists revealed for the Apps for Good Awards 2014

9 June 2014: Apps for Good has today announced the finalists in the national Apps for Good Awards 2014, designed to inspire students and discover the country’s leading young digital entrepreneurs. The Awards will be held on 23 June 2014 at the Barbican, London.

The national Apps for Good Awards celebrate the next generation of problem solvers and digital creators: studentshave created an app that tackles an everyday problem or issue they are passionate about. This year 18 finalist teams have been selected, shortlisted under one of six theme-based categories as below:

  • Information – big ideas for using data and information, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
  • My Planet – ideas for a greener and healthier world, sponsored by Thomson Reuters
  • Connected Communities – using technology to connect people and ideas, sponsored by TalkTalk
  • Productivity – running better to get the most out of work and play
  • Learning – inspirational learning through technology, sponsored by Samsung
  • Saving, Spending and Giving – making the most of your money, sponsored by Barclaycard

Travelling from schools right across the UK, the teams of students aged 10 to 18 will come together in London to pitch in front of a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders and high profile figures, such as digital entrepreneur Baroness Martha Lane Fox, Tech City CEO Gerard Grech and TV presenter Davina McCall. Ahead of the judging, the students will spend time in the offices of some of the UK’s leading Tech City companies, who will help the teams prepare to face the judges.

From the shortlisted schools, a public vote for the People’s Choice Award, held on the Apps for Good website (appsforgood.org) from 16-23 June, will also decide the overall favourite out of all app entries, sponsored by Tech London Advocates.This year’s Awards also recognise the coding whizzes on the Apps for Good course, with Coding Ninja prizes sponsored by Facebook and Nominet Trust for the students who have created the best working prototypes.

The winning teams will then work with development agencies to launch their apps on to the market, with the support of Apps for Good and their sponsors.

Debbie Forster, UK managing director of Apps for Good commented: “The quality and innovation of the students’ app submissions, developed during the Apps for Good course, has been fantastic. I’m delighted to see such a diversity of entries from across the UK, some from as far as Wick High School in Scotland. The finalist teams are a testament to the ability of young people to not just be consumers using technology, but to be makers creating with technology – developing apps to solve real world problems or issues that matter to them. The Apps for Good course teaches not only the fundamentals of digital literacy and coding but also skills such as problem solving, creativity and communication. Through this we are empowering young people to make the most of the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. We would like to wish all of the shortlisted teams good luck for the Awards!”

The winning app teams will be selected at the Apps for Good Awards event, taking place from 6-8.30pm on 23 June 2014 at the Barbican, London.

A press invitation is attached.

~ENDS~

Notes for Editors

All the Finalist teams can be found on the Apps for Good blog
The judging panel of ‘Dragons’ consists of high profile figures and industry leaders, with a panel of five different Dragons for each general category. These include: Judges

  • Diana Stepner, VP innovation partnerships and developer relations, Pearson
  • Baroness Martha Lane Fox, digital champion and founder of Lastminute.com
  • Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City
  • Alexander Asseily, founder, Jawbone
  • Simon Devonshire, director, Wayra Europe-Telefonica
  • Avid Larizadeh, director, Hour of Code
  • John Streit, CTO, OgilvyOne Worldwide
  • Chris Galley, CTO, Accesso
  • Edward Kershaw, VP client services, Nielson
  • Christina Scott, CIO at Financial Times and SVP technology, Pearson
  • Frank Meehan, Angel investor and founder, Kuato Studios
  • Maggie Buggies, VP and global head of digital sales and markets, Capgemini
  • Nick Hugh, vice president and head of display solutions, Yahoo! EMEA

Award Accelerators

Finalist teams are paired up with Tech City companies, spending time in their office to help prepare for their pitches. Our 2014 Award Accelerators are:

  • Airbnb
  • Decoded
  • Fluxx
  • Moo
  • Mint Digital
  • Moving Brands
  • SapientNitro
  • SongKick/Gojimo
  • Unruly
  • We Are What We Do

Media Partner: FT

Venue Partner: Barbican

People’s Choice Award Partner: Tech London Advocates

Supporters: Skillsmatter, Uncorked

Apps for Good

Registered charity, Apps for Good, is an open-source technology education movement that aims to build a new global generation of problem solvers and digital makers: students who can create, launch and market new products that change the world. Apps for Good partners with educators in schools and learning centres to deliver their app development course to young people 10-18 years of age. Apps for Good provides the course content, training and connections to Expert volunteers, and then let teachers do what they are best at – inspiring and guiding young people.

In the 2013/2014 academic year, Apps for Good is working with over 210 schools who are delivering the course to more than 17,000 students across the UK, growing by 10,000 per cent since its launch in 2010.

Apps for Good are also committed to developing long-term and mutually beneficial partnerships with companies and foundations who share their vision of improving technology education. Corporate partners and sponsors include technology leaders Facebook, Google, Nominet Trust, Thomson Reuters, Barclaycard and Samsung to name but a few.

For more information visit http://www.appsforgood.org/

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