2018 marks the 4th year of AppJamming Summit, a regional app development competition hosted by First Code Academy. It’s been a unique and memorable experience for the First Code team as well as the finalists coming from 10 different countries!
In 2014, we started off with 50 participants for our AppJamming Girls Who Code, and this year with 300 participating teams for AppJamming Summit 2018 across 16 countries! This year with the theme, Sustainability “Code For Green”, we had apps that ranges from a platform to buy and sell used products, to fun recycling games.
If you are new to AppJamming Summit (AJS), AJS started in 2014 with the vision to encourage more young people to become Creators with Technology. AJS is a platform for talented young coders ages 8–16 across Asia compete to become the best App Maker, and to stand a chance to win an all-inclusive trip to attend the Global App Inventor Summit in Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston
Shaping Future Creators. You could be next.
On Mar 25, we had our AJS 2018 Final where 19 teams from 10 countries pitched their app to a panel of judges and in front of a 150 people crowd. At the end of the day, 8 teams were awarded with prizes!
On the judging panel this year we have Michael Yeung, Developer Advocacy Team Engineer at Google, Sze Lok Chan, Startup Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services, and Bay McLaughlin, Co-Founder & COO at Brinc.
“If you have launched in Google Play or iOS App Store maybe 5 or 6 years ago, you would probably get hundreds of downloads of downloads”, says Michael when commenting on Angel’s app (AJS 2018 Runner-Up).
Also our regional semi finals in Singapore had Yeeli Lee, Regional GM from Amazon. Yeeli congratulated the winners in her blog post,
“Thank you for the chance to be on the panel of judges … We saw the talent and passion in you! Go girls!”
We are incredibly grateful for our sponsors theDesk for the venue and, LOGITOW and Curiobyte for the prizes. With their contribution, our AJS finalists were able to prepare and pitch in a comfortable environment, and continue coding after AJS with the tech toys!
If you are wondering how AJS went from 300 participating teams to 1 Winner, our team and judges have carefully reviewed all submissions in regards to the Idea, Design, Function and Pitch. This year, we have received many outstanding apps and we are wowed by all the amazing effort from our participating teams. We applaud a job well done to all AJS 2018 participants and for their amazing effort and creativity.
Now, onto the winners!
Grand Winner: Viridi Vita
Winners of AppJamming Summit 2018, Chloe Kusuma and Emily Tan from Raffles Girls’ School in Singapore, developed Viridi Vita, an app that creates a platform for children, teenagers, young adults to collaborate with their friends to do recycling projects in real life.
The app allows users to create an account and add other real time users as friends and trade material and other build-in game characters.
The goal of the app is to unlocks as many plants as possible by completing lots of recycling projects! “We learned that one way to ensure our app is intuitive and user friendly is for other people besides ourselves to test our app.” Chloe and Emily shared.
First Runner Up: Sea Cleaner
Angel Anlee, 10, from SD Tarakanita 4 in Indonesia was the first runner up of AppJamming Summit 2018. She created Sea Cleaner, a fun game which allows users to gain scores by collecting the pollutants in the sea and avoiding the fish at the same time.
“I want to show you how hard it is to clean up the polluted sea and I want to invite people to take care of our environment”, says Angel.
Most Creative App Award (Secondary School): Recycle Hero
Recycle Hero is a game app that allows users to gain scores by collecting recyclable resources, in order to gain enough scores to build houses.
Its fun interface and wide range of challenges has earned Ryan Lee and Jaehoon Jung from Dulwich College School the Most Creative App Award (Secondary Category).
The team from South Korea shared why they made this game about recycling, “Recycling is really important! But, it is too boring, so how do we make recycling more fun?”.
Most Creative App Award (Primary School): Green City
Green City is a city-building game app, where users aim to grow the city in order earn more money without polluting it. In addition, diamonds and are rewarded after users complete the “Enviro Quiz” quiz, with more diamonds users can further develop lands for the city!
Its fun features and wide range of challenges has earned Tin Tran Phuc, Anh Ho Quoc, Vu Ngo Tran and Dung Luu Anh age 8–11, from TEKY Academy in Vietnam won the Most Creative App Award (Primary Category).
Best Presentation Award (Secondary Category): LOG
Midori Sissons, Giulia Fusco and Toby Newman, age 13–14, from Dulwich College Shanghai in China clinched the Best Presentation Award (Secondary Category). Unlike many other participants who wore formal wear and suits, the team started off the presentation with a Giraffe costume!
LOG is a daily habit tracker app, with features such as simple checklists and daily challenges. Their app is simple and user friendly interface, yet shows a large variety of features.
Best Presentation Award (Primary Category): Sort It
Winner of the Best Presentation Award (Primary Category), Sky Angeles, 11 years old from Xavier School San Juanin Philippines, designed an educational app to educate users, specifically children on sustainability through proper waste segregation.
“Sort it can help save the world if we act collectively now and start educating young children about the importance of caring for the environment through proper waste segregation.”
Registrations for AJS 2019 will open in late November, so make sure to stay tuned for updates here: http://appjammingsummit.org/