And the App-Prentice Challenge Winner Is…
Friday 28 June 2019 marked the final winners’ showdown for the App-Prentice Challenge 2019 as the winning school event teams from Aylesbury Vale Academy (AVA), Buckinghamshire University Technical College (BUTC) and Mandeville School showcased their projects at EntFest for the public to vote on their favourite App.
AVA’s team of seven Year 9 students who called themselves the Computer Predators presented their “Anonymous Victims” anti-bullying reporting App and exhibition materials in enterprising ways to encourage passers-by to engage with their project. Ben Warren, Kayden Carr, Selma Adel, Charlotte Barrett, Kian Rhodes, Josh Freshwater and Tariq Cameron created their professionally designed promotional material to show their project decision-making as well as the detail behind their App concept. This presentation, along with their team Vlog, informed how students would find their App useful for reporting bullying and mental health issues anonymously and clearly demonstrated how it would allow students to book an appointment with a school counsellor for an online chat or talk with someone in person.
BUTC’s team of six Year 10 students showcased their “Workey” App and creatively hand-drawn marketing collateral. Daniel Godwin, Jake Jenkins, Sonny Mackenzie, Charlie Summerling, Jaden Ghataauran and Callum Griffiths demonstrated a comprehensively developed App proof of concept and a humorous video advert that sold their idea perfectly. Differentiating itself from other revision App ideas, Workey showed how it was conceived as a specialist revision App for distinct subjects that also offered students a convenient solution for storing their documents and passwords in one place to make access to schoolwork quicker, easier and more organised.
Mandeville School’s Year 10 team of six students exhibited their “Safe App” (abbreviated to “SAPP”) with materials that put their idea for a mental health and well-being App for their school community at centre-stage. Jessica Duncan, Jessica Hobbs, Taylor Bateman, Lucy Sleep, Katie Blackburn and Phoebe Bowness created a colourful consistently branded display of their extensive marketing materials which included extras like flyers and business cards. Alongside their App demonstration on a SurfacePro, their Vlog played to show how the team’s research supported the need for an App to send messages to safeguarding staff (anonymously or otherwise) and for students to have a voice regarding improvements they would like to see made to improve their school environment.
Taking place in EntFest’s #YouMakeTheFuture hub in the Vinson Building of the University of Buckingham, the students displayed their projects and talked to visitors about the role they had played in the App-Prentice Challenge, the skills they had learned, and generally pitched for votes to establish their App idea as the best to serve a purpose at school.
The competition received almost 300 votes from the students, entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and innovators that attended EntFest to decide the winning team.
Over 1000 visitors attended the EntFest Awards Closing Ceremony, where AVA’s Computer Predators were called up on stage to be crowned the App-Prentice Challenge 2019 winners by founder of the Peter Jones Foundation and star of TV’s Dragon’s Den, Peter Jones CBE.
Mandeville School’s “SAPP” project came in a close second, as chosen by guest judge, Nick Hewer, current TV Presenter on Channel 4’s Countdown and a former aide to Sir Alan Sugar on BBC’s The Apprentice reality TV show.
CloudyGroup Director and creator of the App-Prentice Challenge, David Hall, presented the certificates alongside Peter Jones, and later had this to say:
“Congratulations to all the students that worked so hard on the App-Prentice Challenge. It was a hard run competition and our winning teams should all feel very proud of themselves. As the winning teams immerse themselves in their prize experience day at the Microsoft offices in Reading in September, we hope you see the immediate rewards of your effort, because this Challenge shows you what we’re all capable of if we put our hearts and minds to it.
“We hope all the students have enjoyed this unique celebration of enterprise and entrepreneurship and all the opportunities to meet and learn from innovators and local enterprise. These interactions with business leaders, as well as the new skills learned and experience with the latest tech, play an important role in shaping the future, especially informing young people’s aspirations for work and Higher Education.
“We’re looking forward to working with this year’s exclusive selection of outstanding students from all three schools over the coming months. We’ll be hand-picking who will be working with us at CloudyIT as we build a real-life working App together for a local charity.”