AppJamming Summit Final 2019 – Hong Kong Team wins the Grand Prize!

Stay impressed as we still are by the many excellent presentations and ideas from kids aged 8-16 at the Appjamming Summit (AJS) Final. This year’s final took place at The Garage of D2 Place Two in Lai Chi Kok. 22 teams of finalists were handpicked in regional pitch days, and were flown to Hong Kong to run for the championship.

AJS is an international mobile app design competition. Running its fifth edition in 2019, the committee received over 300 projects from 20+ countries/ regions, both numbers are of significant growth compared to the previous years.

Making their way to the awards, all finalists presented their designs to the judging panel which consists of Greg Sung (founder of a Startup OneSky and aNobii), Albert Wong (Chairman of Association of I.T. Leaders in Education) and Nelson Wong (Associate Director at Alibaba Cloud). Evaluated not only by the presentation skills, the projects are also reviewed and commented based on the criteria of idea, design and functionality.

Image: Finalist was demonstrating the app to the judges.

This year’s theme is Culture. It is quite a big word; and we are in such joy to learn the unique interpretations and associated values of each and every finalist. Some focused on the promotion of cultural exchange, whilst some seek out to comprehend the need of subcultures.

Our finalists Masaki (Japan) and Angel (Indonesia) both used a mobile game to introduce traditional instruments Koto & Angkung from their respective culture. By the nature of the app, it’s also no lacking to find search app that promotes regional languages, history and historical sites. One of the Korean finalists Edward would like to raise awareness for the “silver hair” culture. He thus brought to us the mobile app “Remember”, in the hope of easing daily challenges faced by the elderly and calling for social support for this growing population.

“It is an honour to be here, yet anxious, to be selected from over 300 projects.” said Luciano & Issac from one of the finalist teams. They are not alone facing the tension. It was pleasing to see the finalists interacting with each other, sharing laughter like best buddies even though they only came to know each other for a few hours. Such valuable companions they have found in an international competition, ones that share the same passion for mobile app development.

After the whole day of presentations, and from a full house of expecting faces, the MC broke the silence to announce the winners. Masaki from Japan, with his app “Koto”, is the winner of the primary group. He will be sponsored a trip to the Final of Tech Kids Grand Prix as a guest speaker.

Image – Masaki, developer of “Koto”, Winner of the Primary group

On the other hand, Katrina, Selina, Yannis and Ada who represent Hong Kong have made their way to be the winner of secondary group as well as the grand prize winner. Their signature piece is “Language Pop” that uses pop songs for language learning. The team will be sponsored to attend App Inventor Summit in Boston this August as well as a coding study tour in Silicon Valley that brings them to meet the insider of Facebook, Google and Microsoft.

Image – Katrina, Selina, Yannis and Ada, developers of “Language Pop”, Winner of the secondary group

Image – Finalists introducing their project to the visitors.

Image – First Code Academy hosted coding workshops at the venue of AJS final, to let the kids “give-it-a-go”.

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