Fir Vale secures Killer App award

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Pupils from Fir Vale School, in Sheffield, have clinched first prize in a competition to create the next ‘Killer App.’

The team won the prize for best overall app in a competition sponsored by Sheffield web development company Technophobia, after taking part in a three hour app workshop run by Technophobia senior marketing executive, Gill Birchmore and app developer Josh Oldham.

Their Full Stop! app, based on the idea of a game that allows you to write and co-create a magazine with your friends, beat other ideas that included Car Check, designed to interface with a car’s onboard computer system; a pet tracking game called Track My Dog and a social networking app called iPAL, designed to geo-locate friends.

Gill Birchmore said: “The students’ level of participation was certainly inspiring to see, as were the skills they applied to their task, including great teamwork, innovation, design, marketing and presentation.”

The app workshop and competition was organised as part of the TeenTech event, designed to show teenagers the wide range of careers available in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

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