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Apps for Good aims to unlock the confidence and talent of young people to help them thrive in a tech driven future, empowering them to become digital leaders and change-makers within their communities. Since launching in 2010, Apps for Good has been delivered in over 1,500 schools to more than 100,000 students around the world. Apps for Good is a registered charity and is supported by partnerships with companies and foundations who share their vision of improving technology education, including Thomson Reuters, SAP, Barclaycard, Comic Relief and Esmee Fairbarn. Find out more at appsforgood.org

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Techy Teens: All girls team from London win the People’s Choice award at the Apps for Good Awards

An all girls team of 13 and 14 year olds from The St Marylebone CE School in London has been announced as the winner of the People’s Choice Award category sponsored by Virgin Red at this year’s national Apps for Good Awards, for their app Sign Time.

  • Sign Time was created to teach children how to communicate in sign language through visual learning and games. Its features include:
    • Videos to promote visual learning, encouraging users to sign along with them.
    • Mini-games and quizzes
    • Quick play feature using the phone’s inbuilt camera to test/rate user’s sign language against the videos in the app.
  • Selected from hundreds of applicants from across the UK, the students won the People’s Choice Award beating nine other teams to be crowned as the crowd favourite in an online contest.
  • As part of their prize, the team will receive mentoring and support from Virgin Red and Holly Branson. The winning team is made up of: Anna, Michelle, Lily who all took part in the Apps for Good course in their school, The St Marylebone CE School. The Sign Time team said,

“We’ve really enjoyed working on the Apps for Good course. We’ve been working really hard to on our idea and presentation, the team is so happy we won! We’re really looking forward to working with Virgin Red on developing our idea.”

  • Now in its sixth year, the Awards recognise and celebrate young tech entrepreneurs who are creating technology products to transform their world.
  • Any students who study the free Apps for Good course – currently being delivered in 600 schools to 25,000 students nationwide – are able to enter the awards to gain national recognition and mentoring and support from the charity and its partners to take their product further.

Heather Picov, UK Managing Director of Apps for Good commented,

‘The People’s Choice is one of my favourite awards, it shows that sometimes the experts get it wrong and the public knows best! The team have developed an innovative product to promote learning and understanding of sign language, helping to break down barriers. We’re really excited for them to receive support from Holly Branson as well as Virgin Red, who have entrepreneurship at the heart of what they do and a history of supporting purpose-driven organisations.

James Tipple, Managing Director at Virgin Red commented,

“At Virgin, entrepreneurialism is in our DNA – just ask Richard Branson, and at Virgin Red we believe that mobile apps have the potential to change things for the better. Combining entrepreneurialism and apps made sponsoring the People’s Choice Award and obvious and important opportunity to help the next generation of entrepreneurs achieve their full potential and launch products that will make a difference to the world.”

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