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Apps for Good 2015 winners crowned

Apps for Good finalists pitch to a Dragon's Den-style panel before seven winners are revealed

The winners of the Apps for Good Awards 2015 have been crowned, following a ceremony at the Barbican in London.

The students were tasked with creating tech products to change the world for the better, with 18 teams making it to the finals. The students aged 12 to 19 pitched their app ideas to a Dragon’s Den-style panel, with all teams also competing in an online vote for the People’s Choice Award.

Seven of the teams were announced as winners and will now receive support from Apps for Good and their sponsors to work with development agencies Putitout and Gourmet Pixel to launch its apps on to the market in early 2016.

“We’d like to offer our congratulations to all the winners this year,” says Debbie Forster, co-CEO of Apps for Good. “Once again, we’ve been really impressed by the careful thought and creativity displayed by the finalists, with all of the teams having worked exceptionally hard to create a product that can truly make a difference to the world. We’d also like to thank our amazing educators and experts who have helped all our student teams this year. 

“Our mission at Apps for Good is to encourage students to take an interest in technology, by showing them how it can be used to solve real-world problems and drive change, and I really feel that was reflected in this year’s entries.” 

The winning app teams for 2015 are:

Information, sponsered by Thomson Reuters: One Click Politics (Gets young people tuned into politics) - Wick High School, Caithness.

Sustainable Communities, sponsored by Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: GardenKing (Learn about the plants in your garden and how to care for them) - Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith.

Connected Communities, sponsored by TalkTalk: Sound Clash (Listen to music with friends across multiple devices) - Latymer Upper School, Hammersmith.

Productivity, sponsored by SAP: BOOKd (Take your reading beyond the classroom) - Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham.

Learning, sponsored by Samsung: My World of Atoms (Brings the periodic table to life) - The Boswells School, Chelmsford.

Saving, Spending and Giving, sponsored by Barclaycard: Jobs 4 You (Find and apply for student-friendly local work) - Priestley College, Warrington.

People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Essence: Who Cares? (Supporting young carers across the UK) - Denbigh High School, Luton.

During the ceremony, Impact Prizes were also presented to those who had made the greatest impression in supporting the Apps for Good movement and student teams. 

The winners are:

Educator of the year: David Talbert, Highgate Wood School.

School of the year: Denbigh High School.

Fellows of the year: Nancy Levy-Vegh and Rhea Patel, Highgate Wood School.

Expert of the year: Sophie Freirmuth, Baguette UK.

An Excellence Prize for Coding was also announced, sponsored by Facebook. The prize was won by Codecepts from Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, in recognition of the technical skills demonstrated in their competition entry.

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