On Thursday 4 February 2016, five students, who were announced as winners in the national Apps for Good Awards 2015, will launch their app onto the market at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
The App Launch will see the Denbigh students ‘weKonnekt’ app become available in the Google Play Store. The app is designed to support young carers in the UK, giving them access to others so that they can communicate and share advice.
The app won the ‘People’s Choice’ award category, sponsored by Essence, at the Apps for Good Awards last June. The team has spent the past few months working with Gourmet Pixel, an independent UK app development studio, to have their app prototype built professionally, ready to be launched on to the market in February.
Year 10 student, Hasan Abbas, said:
“By far the best thing about Apps for Good was seeing our app grow and develop into something that can change lives for the better.”
Year 9 student and Apps for Good team member, Itesham Hussain, added:
“Our small vision to change lives has now become a reality with the help of Apps for Good and Denbigh High School.”
Their app’s full development follows the students’ participation in the Apps for Good course, a programme provided free of charge to teachers, to transform technology education; empowering students to use these skills to create innovative solutions to the problems they care about. Students who complete the course can then continue onto the Apps for Good Fellowship programme, which provides opportunities within the tech world.
Colin Townsend, Headteacher at Denbigh High School, said:
“The Apps for Good course has really complimented our curriculum, passing on real-life industry skills to our students and building their confidence. We’re incredibly proud of the weKonnekt team for all they’ve achieved, and we’re really happy to see their efforts realised and launched on Google Play!”
Debbie Forster, co-CEO of Apps for Good explains, “Our mission is to power a generation to change their world with technology and thrive in a tech driven future. We are very proud of all of the teams; they are outstanding examples of what our young people can achieve.”
The event also sees Apps for Good celebrate its 5th year anniversary. Since first launching in 2010 at one school with 25 students, the course has been delivered to over 50,000 students in more than 1,000 schools across the UK and internationally.
Denbigh’s Director of Technology for Learning, Mrs Emma Darcy, said;
"I’m incredibly proud of what the team has achieved throughout the Apps for Good course. They took an idea they really believed in and it’s really exciting to see the finished product that they worked so hard on finally being launched!"
The seven winning apps will be unveiled to invited guests and press from 5.30pm on 4 February at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.