Denbigh High School Students Present at Apps for Good Awards
On Tuesday 18th June, six year 7 and year 9 students from Denbigh had an amazing opportunity when they were invited to attend the national Apps For Good Awards in London with Mr Davies and Mrs Darcy. Numair Nasser 96, Asiyah Shakoor 77, Aisha Ashfaq 75, Tanya Begum 77 and Noor-Ul-Ain Arshad 73 had attended the Apps For Good after school club on Wednesdays and created "The School Recycling App", a fantastic app which encourages schools to recycle as much plastic as possible by turning it into a competitive game between classes and houses. The app was shortlisted in the national Apps For Good competition in the "Social Pioneers" category, a brand new category which celebrates app ideas with the potential to tackle issues of global importance.
The students spent the morning at the UK headquarters of Spotify UK, where they had the chance to tour the building before receiving coaching and guidance from Spotify staff on the presentation that they were due to make that afternoon. After an amazing lunch and some exceptional goody bags, the students travelled to Skills Matter at CodeNode, a top London tech venue, where they made a "Dragon's Den" style presentation about their app to a large panel of judges. Joining them for the presentation was Denbigh pupil Mahin Uddin 94, who had been selected by Apps For Good as a "Fellow" to help support the smooth running of the whole event.
After their presentation, the students had a break for some dinner, before moving on to their Market Place Event, where they had to speak on a stand for over two hours to hundreds of invited guests, explaining how their incredible app worked. This was an unmissable chance to speak to industry experts and leading professionals in the field of technology and the students demonstrated superb confidence, teamwork, oracy and eloquence skills throughout.
Unfortunately the students did not get to take home an award at the end of the evening, but they all agreed it had been an exceptional experience and one which they would always remember.
Over the past six years, Denbigh has been voted the Apps For Good School Of The Year and has now had five pupil teams reach the finals of the national Apps For Good Awards.