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Hampshire students from Westfields Junior School prove to be bright, young tech stars after two teams are shortlisted for fifth Apps for Good Awards.
Two teams of 9-10 year olds from Westfields Junior School, Hampshire have been announced as finalists for this year’s Apps for Good Awards with the two teams nominated in different categories. Fear Nothing were shortlisted in the Information category for their app which helps children deal with their phobias were shortlisted. The second team Allergy Basket, which tells users if the ingredients they are allergic to are in a food, were shortlisted in the Productivity category.
- Selected from hundreds of applicants from across the UK, the teams will now pitch their app idea to a panel of industry leaders at the annual Apps for Good Awards, to be held on 20th June at the Barbican in London.
- Now in its fifth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate young entrepreneurs. Any students who study the free Apps for Good course – currently being delivered in 1,000 schools nationwide – are able to enter the awards in order to have the chance to work with a professional development agency and have their app launched on the market. The Fear Nothing and Allergy Basket teams are now down to the final three in their categories and will each be competing against two other teams in the hope that their app can be the one that is brought to life in 2017.
- The Fear Nothing team is made up of: Kiera Yellowlees (10), Poppy Vandensteen (9), Anwyn Greenaway (10), Jay Butcher (9) and Thomas Hurst (9), who all took part in the Apps for Good project as part of their curriculum work, at Westfields.
Anwyn Greenaway commented,
“Taking part in the Apps for Good Awards is an opportunity of a lifetime, we can’t believe it – we can’t stop thinking about it”.
- The Allergy Basket team is made up of: Keir Walter (10), Eddie Cole (10), Charley Macfarlane (10) and Sam Selby (10).
Keir Walter commented,
“We came up with Allergy Basket because I have a food allergy and we wanted to design an app that would make life easier for people like me.”
Debbie Forster, co-CEO of Apps for Good explains,
“Massive congratulations to Fear Nothing & Allergy Basket for becoming a finalist in this year’s Apps for Good Awards. The calibre of apps submitted from across the country was, once again, phenomenal, and proves we have a generation of very bright young digital makers, bursting with ideas and ready to thrive in a tech driven future.
Our mission at Apps for Good is to equip these young people with the skills to allow them to move from being technology consumers to technology creators. We wish Fear Nothing and Allergy Basket and all of the other finalists, the best of luck for the Awards ceremony.”
The Information category is sponsored by Thomson Reuters. Bob Schukai, Head of Advanced Product Innovation at Thomson Reuters commented:
“We are tremendously proud to once again sponsor the Apps for Good program. Every year, I am impressed by the inventive solutions created by these young technologists to solve real world problems. Investing in tomorrow’s innovators is key to building the world of the future. I look forward to watching their continued progress in the years to come.”
The Productivity category is sponsored by SAP. Philip Davies, Head of Solutions Consulting, SAP UK & Ireland commented:
“Congratulations to Keir, Eddie, Charley and Sam for making it to the finals of the fifth annual Apps For Good Awards. Shortlisting the apps was a really challenging process, with so many innovative app solutions. Digital transformation is apparent in every aspect of our lives, as such The Apps for Good Awards is a fantastic example of how young talent can use the power of technology to create new and ingenious solutions to solve everyday problems. Good luck to all the finalist teams competing at the Awards.”