Students across United Learning are gearing up for the final of the 2016 UnitedApp competition next month.
In partnership with 7billionideas, the competition is aimed at encouraging innovation and creativity across United Learning. Following the success of its first year, UnitedApp has been launched for a second time and has attracted even more entries; 444 ideas have been submitted from over 1,500 students across the Group’s schools.
UnitedApp calls for Year 9 students to come up with a unique idea for an educational app that could then be designed and launched online. For example, last year’s winning team from Nova Hreod Academy created an app to support primary school parents in helping their children with maths homework (which can be purchased here).
Following the initial round of entries, 50 shortlisted teams were asked to submit a video explaining their idea further. Since then, ten groups of young entrepreneurs have been invited to compete in the final because their ideas showed particularly exciting potential. The finalists’ schools are:
- Glenmoor and Winton Academies;
- Greenacre School;
- Guildford High School;
- John Smeaton Academy;
- Northampton Academy;
- Richard Rose Morton Academy;
- Sheffield Park Academy;
- Swindon Academy;
- Surbiton High School;
- Wye School.
The competition final will be held at IBM Warwick on 10 March. In their groups, the finalists will be expected to present a 3-minute pitch to the judges to explain how their idea would work, why it is unique and what impact it would be expected to have. They will also have to lay out a marketing plan for promoting their app.
In the lead-up to the final, each group has been assigned a mentor who will work with them on a weekly basis via Skype to help them hone their ideas and their pitch to the judges. On the day itself, they will also get time to practise their presentations with IBM graduates, before they pitch their app ideas.
Vikki Russell-Robbins, United Learning’s Enrichment Lead, said:
‘UnitedApp has yet again proved popular with students who relish the opportunity to work together and use a range of skills – creativity, imagination and communication – to design something new and exciting as well as useful.
‘We have had some excellent ideas submitted for UnitedApp 2016 so our finalists should be extremely proud of themselves for getting this far in the competition. We are all looking forward to seeing how the teams have developed their initial ideas when they pitch their apps at next month’s final.’