MEET THE YOUNG WOMEN LEADING EDUCATIONAL APP DEVELOPMENT

Elstree University Technical College students Savanna Sullivan and Kirsty Fabiyi won last years 2017 Apps for Good award in the information category, sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

They formed the team Booksy around their study app and have been working with myself, Freddie from Apps for Good and Ian, a professional app developer from Plantpot; a UK based software company to design and release Booknotes, which is available on Android and IOS.

Booknotes allows you to scan passages of text in print, then discuss and share them with your own annotations. It was primarily designed for GCSE English Literature assignments but can be used in any subject at college or university. 

Continuing on the work they have been developing as part of their ‘App Development’ course at EUTC, they have worked hard with the developers to not only design but optimise the application for release on both major mobile platforms. 

As this is 100% their own idea Kirsty and Savanna have full creative control over its future direction and are keen to get hands-on with all aspects of the app, including the programming. They are both looking forward to the many challenges running an app poses and are keen to add additional features. 

Apps for good continues to prove schools and college with fantastic opportunities to work alongside leading professionals within the technical industries, bridging the gap between education and the real world. 

They both recently went and worked directly at Thomson Reuters’ London office to develop their app further and to network with leading members of the staff.

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“Apps for Good aims to empower students from all backgrounds to seize the opportunities of our digital age and create tech products that solve the problems they are truly passionate about. The booknotes team should be proud of their accomplishments. They completely owned every stage of the process from the initial idea to full development through the Apps for Good course and we’ve really enjoyed working with them. The launch day at Thomson Reuters was the perfect way to celebrate and release booknotes onto the market. We want to thank Thomson Reuters for their continued support and once again congratulate Kirsty and Savanna on their fantastic achievement" - Heather Picov, Apps for Good Managing Director


“We’re thrilled to see the booknotes app hit the market and to celebrate its launch with Kirsty and Savanna. Thomson Reuters is committed to diversity in technology and we’ve been privileged to see the booknotes app evolve from an idea to a technology solution thanks to the innovation and vision of this talented team.” -  Rachel Moseley, Head of Strategy & Reporting, Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters


“As their computer science teacher I am extremely proud of Kirsty and Savannas achievements, they continue to be a credit to college and have both developed into competent professionals with a bright further in tech ahead of them.” - David Zerafa, Computer Science, App Development and Games Art & Design Teacher, Elstree University Technical College


About Elstree University Technical College

A new kind of school and FE college that specialises in behind-the-scenes media production, digital communications and entertainment technologies. Built on the former site of MGM-British Studios, our heritage is rich with film production talent shooting on-site (Stanley Kubrick, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Clint Eastwood).  Partnered with Elstree Studios since opening, our curriculum is designed to ensure strong foundations in fundamental academic subjects and build on these with vocational, expressive and industry relevant studies. We support our taught curriculum with our extended projects offer. Our industry partners, along with our own media production company provides opportunities for students to experience working in the technical arts and culture industry. Find out more at https://www.elstreeutc.co.uk/


About Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has been a strategic partner of Apps for Good since 2011 and has been instrumental in helping Apps for Good to grow their reach and deepen their impact. Thomson Reuters has directly supported the delivery of Apps for Good within over 100 schools across the UK and globally, impacting an estimated 4,500 young people as well as enabling the founding and piloting of the Fellowship Community. Thomson Reuters has been a long-term supporter of the Apps for Good Awards and has now enabled six student teams to realise their ambition of launching their own digital product onto the market. Thomson Reuters employees are dedicated mentors for Apps for Good students and have donated their time and expertise to guide young people throughout the course and into the Fellowship. For more information about Corporate Responsibility, Sustainability and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters click here.  

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of news and information for professional markets. Our customers rely on us to deliver the intelligence, technology and expertise they need to find trusted answers. The business has operated in more than 100 countries for more than 100 years. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI). For more information, visit www.thomsonreuters.com.”


About Apps for Good

Apps for Good is an education technology charity with a mission to unlock the confidence and talent of young people to help them thrive in a tech-driven future.

They provide free course materials and CPD to upskill computing teachers to ensure they feel confident delivering their programmes to their students. Students are then challenged to come up with any problem or issue they are passionate about within their communities and learn how to solve it by building a digital product.

Through the Apps for Good programme students learn not just vital technical skills but also the enterprise and employability skills to design, market, launch and pitch their products solving real-world problems. The courses cover app development and Internet of Things, as well as Machine Learning from summer 2018.

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