Next generation of app developers


Adappt is Australia’s first social purpose app development program specifically for young people.

Adappt is Australia’s first social purpose app development program specifically for young people. The program sees young people develop and pitch their concept for an app that addresses real-world social and environmental challenges.

Samsung and the Foundation for Young Australians hosted Adappt workshops in Melbourne and Sydney late last year. Following two state rounds, seven passionate teams were chosen to develop their concept into a prototype and pitch their app to a panel of judges.

The result? Two winning teams were selected to make their unique app idea a reality. The apps have the potential to change the way we connect with people. Could one be the next Facebook? Only time will tell, until then, here’s an inside look on both apps and the Adappt journey.

Mentor Track allows young people to take the career path less travelled by connecting them with a mentor who shares their passions rather than specific job titles; Mentor Track aims to equip Australia’s youth with the tools they need to tackle an uncertain employment future. We caught up with Alice from Mentor Track to learn what inspired the project.

Q. What inspired Mentor Track?
The inspiration behind Mentor Track stems from an issue I’ve been tackling personally. Since leaving school I’ve started a commerce, marketing and finance degree at uni, but I’ve always wanted more guidance throughout my studies about the sector and what to expect when I start working full time. I’ve never had the resources or know-how on where to seek career advice and I think Mentor Track could help bridge that gap.

Q. How did it feel being a part of the wining team?
It was an amazing experience. Until I went to the Adappt workshop I’d actually never met my two other team members. It was daunting at times, but we all believed in the idea and the fact that we could make a real difference to young people’s lives.

The support provided by Samsung and FYA staff made the workshops really enjoyable and it was so inspiring being amongst passionate young people who felt technology could aide them in making a positive difference to our community.

Q. Has the Adappt workshop sparked interest in a technology or social purpose career?
Definitely, despite studying corporate subjects, I’m just realising I would like to do something in the not-for-profit and digital strategy space. I really love how social good can be combined with technology.

Hey Buddy allows you to send and receive requests for assistance wherever you are – engaging friends, friends of friends or even complete strangers in the process. Here’s what Nat, from the Hey Buddy team has to say about her Adappt experience to date.

Q. How did it feel being a part of the winning team for Adappt?
We had to pinch ourselves when we were announced as one of the winning groups! Because our concept is based on everyday people being a good samaritan, our idea is too crazy to get off the ground without the support and resources from organisations like Samsung and FYA.

Q. What was the biggest challenge to overcome at the Adappt workshop?
Our biggest challenge was learning to look at our product from different perspectives and then trying to communicate our app and its benefits to a range of people including judges, mentors and potential users.

Q. What have you experienced in the design and creation process of Hey Buddy to date?
We are all learning so much, from marketing techniques to coding, my team and I have found it an invaluable process and we’re so excited to launch Hey Buddy in the coming months.

Q. Has the Adappt workshop sparked interest in a technology or social purpose career?
Nat. The Adappt workshop has made me aware that there is a whole other field and industry out there. In my career I really want to create some sort of social impact, you can’t really factor that in without technology.

Mentor Track and Hey Buddy are almost ready for launch – stay tuned for release details on Google Play.