App Launch 2015 Countdown – ShoreCast

While everyone else is still counting calories after Christmas, at Apps for Good we’re counting down to our App Launch 2015, where the winning teams from the Apps for Good Awards 2014 will launch their apps on the market. The event, powered by Facebook and hosted by Thomson Reuters, will take place on 5 February. In this series of blogs we’re giving you an overview of each app and today we’re looking at ShoreCast – an app that is a must-have for surfers across the UK.

The ShoreCast app – get ready to download soon 

The ShoreCast app allows users to find the best places to surf in their area. The app won the My Planet category sponsored by Thomson Reuters at the Apps for Good Awards 2014 in June. ShoreCast was created by Tom, Jay, Ben and Archie, students – and keen surfers – from Budehaven Community School in Cornwall.

The ShoreCast team celebrated their win at the Apps for Good Awards 2014 with Bob Schukai of Thomson Reuters
Striking their surfing poses: ShoreCast team celebrate their win at the Apps for Good Awards 2014 with Bob Schukai of Thomson Reuters

As with many entrepreneurs, the boys are often asked where the idea came from. The team told us that it all came from their own experiences of planning a day of paddle boards, surfing and struggling to find clear data on surf spots. They wanted to design an app with easy-to-read surf forecasts for UK beaches to help beginners and pros choose the best place to take their board. Check out the video below where the team go into more detail about their app and tell us about their favourite parts of the Apps for Good experience.

Since their win in June the team have been building on their initial app prototype to create a finished product ready to be launched on the market, fitting in meetings between classes and surfing. The boys have been supported during this process by Thomson Reuters and development agency Codeten.

The team’s hard work has paid off and the app is now available to download from the Apple Store.

Know any keen surfers? Help make the ShoreCast app a success by downloading here and sharing the app with any surfer friends.

Here's a preview of how the ShoreCast app will look
Preview of the ShoreCast app