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Appathon UK winners jet off to Silicon Valley

Winners of the Appathon UK challenge 2014 are heading to Silicon Valley this week to meet with tech giants

Winners of the Appathon UK 2014 challenge are due to visit Silicon Valley this week, with a team of students flying out to meet with technology companies in the area.

Appathon UK is a competition launched by the entrepreneurial education network Founders4Schools and not-for-profit technology events organisation Silicon Valley Comes to the UK (SVC2UK), which challenges young people to find technology systems for the problems around them.

The winning team beat more than 100 schools with their app idea Smart Wear.

Starting in San Francisco, the students will then make their way to San Mateo and San Jose, meeting with Square, Facebook, Tesla, LinkedIn, Google, PayPal and Edmodo.

On the winning team were Claire Higgins, Ellie Stevenson and Ellie Wilkie from Notre Dame High School in Scotland, who thought of the app idea Smart Wardrobe, which enables users to create a personal wardrobe to plan outfits and buy clothes from online stores.

Terry Loughran, convener of education and communities commities at Inverclyde Council, said the app idea is “a remarkable achievement by three remarkable young ladies. We have a strong track record of invention and excellence and that tradition is in safe hands for the future”.

As part of the project Benjamin Moss, Evgeny Roskach, Joseph Mambwe and Patrick Siu from Cambridge University created a business model of the idea and made the prototype app Smart Wear.

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“We have a wonderful group of students and I wish everyone an informative and high-impact visit you will reflect upon and build upon for many years to come. I look forward to hearing your stories and future plans,” said Sherry Coutu, chairman of Founders4Schools. 

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our hosts for welcoming the winners. This is a fantastic opportunity for school and university students to be inspired about how they can influence our world,” she added.

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