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Students in national final of Eco App Challenge

Two groups of college students are through to the final of a national competition to create an educational app about recycling that appeals to a mass audience.

Recyclemania – who created an app targeting young children – and Ecopoint – who designed a community-based app –were winners of the Business in a Box Challenge: to create a concept for an App for use in the commercial environmental sector and then pitch their ideas to a panel of experts in a real-life ‘Dragon’s Den’ style workshop.

The winning teams join other college contenders from around the country in the final stage of the competition in a few weeks time, which requires finalists to upload a team presentation of their app for final judgement by the panel. The overall winner of the challenge will see their App developed and made available for download in the App Store.

Mark Rossiter, Student Engagement Manager, said: “The quality of presentations and ideas was so high that judges had an impossible task choosing between them. Thanks to the other teams taking part who produced brilliant ideas and made the day a resounding success. The Student Union and the Engagement team will be providing further opportunities for students to work with entrepreneurial organisations so they can develop their skills, ideas and confidence.”

Business in a Box Education Programme, which is run by Green Tech Recycling in partnership with colleges, is one of a number of enterprise activities to provide students with ‘earn while you learn’ opportunities through business projects.

The winning teams:

1.  Recyclemania(students from the Subsidiary Dip in IT course): The team presented the panel with a fun, educational game that targets young children

2.  Ecopoint(students from level 3 Games Development):  The team created a community based App that combines swapping/recycling with local and regional information covering all recycling needs.

Our thanks to other teams who took part:

3. i-bin

4. ecopult

5. recyclopedia

6. Bin it to Win it (by edugame)



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