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November 22, 2014

Inverclyde School Wins National Appathon Competition


So some of you may read this headline and be wondering, where the hell is Inverclyde? Well Inverclyde is where I was born and bread and I’m very proud of it. It’s also a place that often gets a bad name with all the great achievements the towns folk make being overshadowed by something negative, but hey that’s the media for you.

Well today it’s time to be proud of of Inverclyde as Greenock pupils from Notre Dame High School, Greenock, trump the competition to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Silicon Valley, California, after the app idea they thought up blew the competition away at the National Appathon Competition.

Pupils Ellie Wilkie, Ellie Stevenson and Claire Higgins triumphed over the competition with their awesome idea of the ‘dressing’ mobile app. Their ‘Smart Wardrobe’ app features an on-stream rotating wardrobe that will allow users to choose the outfit the desire for the day. Sounds like every girls dream eh?

The good news didn’t stop their for the pupils tho as it seems a team of university students from none other than Cambridge University have snapped their idea up and created a prototype called ‘Smart Wear’. After finding out they had won the competition the pupils were given the awesome news that they had won the trip were they will meet tech giants including Google, Facebook and LinkedIn in Silicon Valley.

This achievement can’t be acknowledged enough with over 100 school and even university students entering the National Appathon Competition. The pupils even had the chance to attend a special event at the House of Commons in London for their achievement.

Sherry Coutu, chairman of Founders4Schools, one of the lead organisers of the competition had this to say:

“This is the first year that we have opened the doors for school children to create app ideas and I’m so glad we did. Their submissions have been tremendous and provided university students with a wealth of ideas from which some brilliant prototypes have been created. Congratulations to Notre Dame High School and the Cambridge University team for winning the trip to Silicon Valley – very well deserved.

“Initiatives like this one not only boost innovation in schools, but they are critical in addressing the digital skills crisis by showing students what it’s like to create the technology that they use in their everyday lives, not just use it.”

So all that’s left to say is well done to the pupils and the school for this massive achievement and us guys at BeginnersTech are very proud of you. Keep up the great work and enjoy the trip. Here’s a little demo of the app.

Via – Inverclyde Now

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