A team of five pupils from the prep school of Bishop’s Stortford College have been awarded first prize in the Get IT competition at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Summit, London.
Since the autumn term, the group of year 8 pupils have been developing an app designed to solve a real-life problem in their school or local community. The project was launched by AWS to fill the digital skills gap in the UK, improve communication and inspire young people (particularly girls) to consider a career in technology.
Following a boot camp at the London offices of AWS in December, the team returned to develop their ideas and presentation, which was formally submitted to the competition at the end of March. A couple of weeks later, the team heard their idea was one of the final 10 to go through to the annual AWS Summit.
They have had to identify a problem and think carefully about how they might solve it using technology
At the summit, the final test saw the team present in a 1,200-seat theatre to a judging panel about how their app ‘Connect Hearo’ could help to solve the problems of up to 45,000 moderately to severely deaf school children in the UK through speech-to-text technology.
The panel included top tech personnel from AWS, Cancer Research UK, the Ministry of Justice and Deloitte. The app will now be developed and marketed by AWS.
Wendy Sharman, director of studies in the prep school said: “This has been an interesting and exciting challenge for the children. They have had to identify a problem and think carefully about how they might solve it using technology.
“They have learned an incredible amount and we are particularly proud of their achievements. We look forward to seeing the app available to those who will benefit.”