The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation was, once again, the stage for the grand final of the biggest national competition for the best application created by young people to solve social problems.
In the 7th Edition of ‘Apps for Good‘ 11 awards were awarded, with ‘RestaurArte’ being the winning application of the 1st Prize for the secondary line, created by young people from the Paços de Ferreira Secondary School, which facilitates communication between restoration professionals in furniture and customers.
Second and third places in Secondary Education were, respectively, ‘UniAccess’, from Quinta do Marquês Secondary School, which aims to help secondary school students choose the course and university, and ‘SafeShop’, from Escola de New Technologies of the Azores, which aims to help people know if a commercial space is full or if they can go shopping.
From the Basics line, the 1st best application was for ‘MyOwn’ at Camilo Castelo Branco Secondary School in Vila Nova de Famalicão – an app that allows you to quickly and reliably identify the owner of the items of clothing and the lost objects – the second place was awarded to ‘Eco Benefit‘ of the Irmão Passos Basic School in Matosinhos – which aims to reduce the impact of pollution – and third place to ‘4Planet’ of the Camilo Castelo Branco Secondary School – which wants all users to be challenged to reduce its ecological footprint, adopting sustainable behaviors.
The Public Award was given to Colégio Militar’s ‘UpCM’ application, which aims to facilitate the exchange, sale and donation of uniforms, and the Young Aluna.PT Award was given to student Evina Pimenta of the ‘11 Fontes’ application.
The Technological Award was given to the ‘AquaSaver’ application of the Maia Secondary School, the Cooler Planet Award was given to the ‘Movel4You’ app, of the Paços de Ferreira Secondary School, while the Future Up Award was given to the ‘Green Tasks’ application.
The grand final took place yesterday afternoon, September 29, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and featured 22 teams of final year students and teachers who demonstrated the work developed over the last school year, presenting their ideas (Apps) that solve real problems.
The 22 finalist teams were selected by the jury during the three regional meetings that took place between June and July this year and which were attended by around 170 teams.
The Final Event was attended by Valerie Hannon, OECD Consultant in the Education 2030 project, João Costa, Secretary of State for Education, José Vitor Pedroso, General Director of Education, and João Baracho, Executive Director of CDI Portugal, among other guests.