Mr Aitken has again been active in the national Apps For Good competition this time taking last year’s winners to London to see their app officially launched. He tells us more:
Last week Sandy Mackay and I accompanied John and Konrad down to London to take part in the official launch of their app – One Click Politics, an app designed to engage young people in politics by offering political allegiance quizzes, questions of the month, party information and a handy glossary of terms. The boys have spent around 6 months working with professional development company, Codelegs to have their app ideas and designs turned into a native app that can be run on Android mobiles. The app can be downloaded here:
On the morning of the launch we were invited to have a tour and lunch in Parliament by our local MP, Dr Paul Monaghan. Paul personally showed us every working aspect of Westminster, from viewing the House of Lords and House of Commons to the beautifully decorated meeting rooms, dining rooms, libraries and other functional spaces. As you can imagine, the boys were enchanted by this and it was possibly the highlight of their trip.
After the Westminster trip we headed to Olympic Park for the official launch of 7 amazing apps. Throughout the afternoon the boys were kept busy, setting up their displays and prepping their mobiles. From 6-8 pm they showcased their app to groups of invited VIPs and press who were all impressed by their political knowledge and professionalism.
Bob Schukai, Head of Applied Innovation at Thomson Reuters said at the event: “Innovation doesn’t recognize postcodes. Great ideas can come from anywhere and anyone”.
Wick High School has now won at the national Apps for Good awards now for three years running and with our highest intake ever this year, we have the confidence to compete with anyone, irrespective of where we come from. We are all looking forward to entering some seriously innovative ideas into this year’s competition.
Listen to MFR news coverage of the trip here: