Elstree UTC girls launch their award-winning app, booknotes

The teenage students from Elstree University Technical College, Borehamwood, celebrated the launch of booknotes at Canary Wharf

Two students from Elstree University Technical College in Borehamwood, Savanna and Kirsty, were announced as winners in the national Apps for Good Awards 2017. Last month they celebrated the launch of their app, ‘booknotes’, onto the market at the Thomson Reuters offices in Canary Wharf, London.

The girls encountered the problem their app addresses while studying for their GCSE English Literature exams in 2017. They found it difficult to find effective ways to revise and realised how much time could be saved if they could track all of their text annotations and notes digitally. This inspired them to create booknotes, an app that lets you create your own library of quotes and then helps organise revision and research. It enables you to work on the on the go by scanning text and adding annotations, which are then stored on your phone or tablet. 

The girls said about their involvement in the project: “Working with the Apps for Good team and our app producers, Plant Pot ltd, has been an amazing experience. We’re so glad to have had the opportunity to develop our idea into a real app that can benefit other people. We have learnt about all the different stages, elements and processes that need to be thought about when creating a new digital product; details such as having a loading animation and what the terms and conditions need to be. Next we would like to continue to build on booknotes’ features and make this way of learning accessible to people in a wide range of subjects.”

Heather Picov, Apps for Good UK Managing Director, said: “Apps for Good aims to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create tech products that solve the problems they are truly passionate about. The booknotes team should be proud of their accomplishments. They completely owned every stage of the process, from the initial idea to full development through the Apps for Good course, and we’ve really enjoyed working with them. 

Website: www.appsforgood.org


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