Press Release: Student entrepreneurs from across the country announced as winners in Apps for Good Awards 2015

22 June 2015:  The winners of the national Apps for Good Awards 2015 were announced last Thursday. The awards, held on 18 June at the Barbican in London, celebrated the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers: young people who are creating tech products to change their world for good.

At the awards event, 18 teams of students, aged between 12 and 19, pitched their app ideas to a panel of judges comprised of industry leaders in a bid to be crowned the winner in one of six theme-based categories. All teams also competed to be chosen as the winner of the People’s Choice Award in an online public vote.

The winning app teams are:

Category Winning Team School
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One Click Politics

Gets young people tuned into politics

Wick High School, Caithness
Sustainable Communities

Sponsored by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

GardenKing

Learn about the plants in your garden and how to care for them

Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith
Connected Communities

Sponsored by TalkTalk

Sound Clash

Listen to music with friends across multipledevices.

Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith
Productivity

Sponsored by SAP

BOOKd

Take your reading beyond the classroom

Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham
Learning

Sponsored by Samsung

My World of Atoms

Brings the periodic table to life

The Boswells School, Chelmsford
Saving, Spending and Giving

Sponsored by Barclaycard

Jobs 4 You

Find and apply for student-friendly local work

Priestley College, Warrington
People’s Choice Award

Sponsored by Essence

Who Cares?

Supporting young carers across the UK

Denbigh High School, Luton

Also at the awards, the Excellence Prize for Coding, which is powered by Facebook, was presented to Codecepts from Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, in recognition of the technical skills demonstrated in their competition entry.

With the support of Apps for Good and their sponsors, the winners of the six thematic categories and the People’s Choice Award winner will now work with development agencies putitout and Gourmet Pixel to launch their apps on to the market in early 2016.

Debbie Forster, co-CEO of Apps for Good comments, “We’d like to offer our congratulations to all the winners this year! Once again, we’ve been really impressed by the careful thought and creativity displayed by the finalists, with all of the teams having worked exceptionally hard to create a product that can truly make a difference to their world. We’d also like to thank our amazing educators and experts who have helped all our student teams this year.  Our mission at Apps for Good is to encourage students to take an interest in technology, by showing them how can be used to solve real-world solve problems and drive change, and I really feel that that was reflected in this year’s entries. We’re very excited to see the finished apps when they are launched on to the market in early 2016.”

 For more information on the winning student teams and their apps, please visit www.appsforgood.org

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Notes for Editors

Impact Prizes

At this year’s awards, Apps for Good Impact Prizes were also presented to the educator, school, expert and fellow who had made the greatest impact in supporting the Apps for Good movement and student teams. This year’s winners were:

Category Winning Team
Educator of the Year David Talbert, Highgate Wood School
School of the Year Denbigh High School
Fellows of the Year Nancy Levy-Vegh and Rhea Patel, Highgate Wood School
Expert of the Year Sophie Freirmuth, Baguette UK

 Judges

The judging panel of ‘Dragons’ consists of high profile figures and industry leaders, with a panel of six different Dragons for each of the six thematic categories. These include:

  • Margaret Rice-Jones, Chairman, Skyscanner
  • Kip Meek, Senior Adviser, EE
  • Ricky Martin, Managing Director, HRS and BBC’s The Apprentice Winner 2012
  • Jemima Kiss, Head of Technology, The Guardian
  • Ken Olisa OBE, Chairman, Restoration Partners
  • Melissa Di Donato, Area VP, EMEA and APAC, Salesforce.com

Award Accelerators

Finalist teams are paired up with Tech City companies, spending time in their office to help prepare for their pitches. Our 2015 Award Accelerators are:

  • Essence
  • Eclipse Experience
  • Fluxx
  • Future Workshops
  • Moving Brands
  • SapientNitro
  • Seven Digital Consultancy
  • Shift Design
  • ustwo
  • Xactly UK
  • Youview

Impact Awards Partner: SapientNitro
Coding Prize Partner: Facebook
Judging Partner: Capgemini
Venue Partner: Barbican
Supporters: Uncorked
Official development partner: Putitout

 Apps for Good

Apps for Good is an education technology movement that is transforming the way technology is taught in schools, turning young tech consumers into tech creators. Apps for Good aims to unlock the confidence and talent of the next generation of problem solvers and digital makers: young people who are ready to tackle the 21st century workplace and are inspired to create new tech ideas that can change their world for good.

Working alongside educators Apps for Good has developed a free flexible course framework that infuses digital learning with teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship. Students find a problem they want to solve and apply new skills to making a real life app, exploring the full product development cycle from concept to coding to launch in a way that brings the classroom to life.

Apps for Good partners with educators in schools and learning centres to deliver its app development course to young people 10-18 years of age. In the 2014/15 academic year, the programme has been delivered to over 25,000 students within more than 500 Education Partners across the whole of the UK, growing by 50,000 percent since launch in 2010 with two centres and 50 students. Apps for Good is a registered charity and is supported by partnerships with companies and foundations who share their vision of improving technology education. Corporate partners and sponsors include technology leaders Facebook, Google, Thomson Reuters, Barclaycard and Samsung to name but a few.

Apps for Good is currently recruiting schools to join as Education Partners for 2015/2016.

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

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