United Learning launches app comp

United Learning educational app competition launches for students around the UK

United Learning – the group of schools with a mission to bring out ‘the best in everyone’– is launching their second annual educational app competition, dubbed ‘#UnitedApp2016’ in partnership with the ideas company 7billionideas. 

#UnitedApp2016 is an ideas competition for Year 9 students to devise a plan for an app that aids with an element of learning. The winning idea will be made into a reality with the help of competition sponsors Casio Projectors, CleverTouch, and IDNS.

The competition will kick off in September with a five-week roadshow, where 7billionideas will visit 36 different schools and academies across the country. They will give an inspirational assembly to students on the importance of thinking big and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, as well as explaining the competition and entry process for interested students. 

‘It’s a great opportunity for developing leadership and team building whilst producing something that has a practical and commercial educational benefit’

Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning says: “Our 2015 App competition proved to be extremely popular with students at our schools and academies across the country. There is something very rewarding in an initiative like this. It allows young people not only to hone their creative skills in developing their ideas for an App but also to have access to experts in the field who will treat them the same as they would professionals in the sector. It’s a great opportunity for developing leadership and team building whilst producing something that has a practical and commercial educational benefit.”

David Harkin, CEO of 7billionideas, continues: “We believe that everyday countless ideas are being generated and then forgotten by the 7billion ‘idea generators’ on the planet. We don’t want to see those ideas forgotten and we believe that the #UnitedApp2016 competition is an ideal way ‘to inspire students to THINK Big and DREAM Bigger’ about the possibility of their careers. In partnership with United Learning, we think this will make a fantastic competition.” 

‘Technology is becoming an increasingly important part of the learning process both inside and outside of school, so we’re proud to be supporting this competition to generate new ideas that are sure to make a positive impact.” 

Following th roadshow, students will be invited to form teams of up to four and will have until 20th November 2015 to generate an idea for the app which could have a global impact. 

Fifty of these teams will then be shortlisted to take part in round two and given the chance to develop their idea further. In round three, ten teams will be allocated a business mentor and invited to pitch their idea at the final. Eventually one idea will be made into a reality. 

Gemma Platt, Marketing Manager for Casio Projectors explains: “Who better to determine a helpful application for students than students themselves! Technology is becoming an increasingly important part of the learning process both inside and outside of school, so we’re proud to be supporting this competition to generate new ideas that are sure to make a positive impact.” 

W: www.unitedlearning.org.uk

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