We went to Westminster today to receive our Appathon certificates. It was so exciting (adults maybe more then children at first?!). Our App is Dig-i-Spy, which is a digital version of the i-spy game. Players can choose categories eg London Landmarks, and they take a photo of one, say Nelson’s Column, with their phone camera. Using object and image recognition software, the App will give the user lots of educational information about the photo and will also allocate a score based on the rarity of the object captured. This score will rank on a worldwide scoreboard. Packs might include various city’s landmarks, nature etc, and can be translated into any language. We would use a Fremium model and give 2 packs for free, with in-app purchasing option for extra packs.
Here’s what happened at Westminster:
- We were met by Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon. He was lovely!
- He gave us a tour of Westminster including Big Ben from inside Westminster, Westminster Hall, the Central Lobby and the Members’ Terrace (this last was very special as not many people get out there!). The House of Commons was in session so we didn’t get to go in.
- Each child also has a personal congratulations letter from Stephen. That was so kind of his office to organise. The children were particularly thrilled by the embossed portcullis on the back of the envelope flap!
- Stephen delivered us to the Speaker’s Rooms just as Big Ben struck 5 o’clock, which was fabulous timing!
- The Speaker’s Rooms are incredibly grand and the children had free run of the place, including (unusual) access to the Queen’s bedroom (I believe the bed was made for Henry VIII and the monarch sleeps there the night before the State Opening of Parliament)
- They had canapés, sandwiches and drinks served by waiters, who ensured they had plenty of food.
- The Speaker made a speech and prizes were awarded and photos taken. These will be made available to school at a later date.
- The children met a few very important people, the most important of whom was the Chief Technology Officer of the US, Megan J Smith, who reports directly to President Obama! She gave our children her business card and asked them to email her. I was particularly impressed by the way some of our children introduced themselves to her and told her, very eloquently, all about our App.
Prizes – we won loads!
- 30 Raspberry Pis
- 30 sets of 4 Python programming books
- Each child will get a “DIY Technology Kit” in due course. These are cool!
- They won a Codecademy workshop for a whole class
- They won a tour of the BBC HQ at the W1 complex (allegedly this is amazing)
- They each received a certificate
In addition, William & Alex (for their prototype development) have been invited to the DIY Technology HQ.
Such a great day and I’m so proud of you all, and grateful to Tim & Jon for 2 amazing years of Code club volunteering. Couldn’t do it without you guys! 🙂
I’ll add some more photos next week. Let me know if you enjoyed it below!
Well done to the winning prototype development from Cambridge University, you can see it here. Its based on an idea from Inverclyde High School. They are all off to Silicon Valley!!