By Samsung Australia, 23.12.2015.
Created by Samsung Electronics Australia and the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA), Samsung Adappt is a movement of young Australians designing apps for social change.
The best part is – there's no need to be a tech wiz to get involved. In a nutshell:
- Samsung Adappt seeks to empower young digital natives with the belief that they can use design and everyday technology to help create positive change in their world
- It aims to equip young Australians with the problem-solving frameworks, entrepreneurial mindset, confidence, resourcefulness and tech 'know how' they'll need to tackle issues they care about
- Finally, Samsung Adappt hopes to spark a culture of young people exploring tech-focused social entrepreneurship and connecting with other like-minded individuals
This December the eight winning teams for the 2015 Big Ideas competitions gathered in Samsung Electronic Australia Head Office to discover how creative thinking, problem solving, entrepreneurial spirit and technology can come together to help create social change.
The Bootcamp is also an opportunity for teams to start to develop their apps. They work with tech experts to create a clickable prototype of their app.
The three day event culminated in a Pitch Up Competition that saw teams compete for one of three $10,000 grants to continue in their app development journey.
Check out the winners' app ideas below!
Georgie Preston Diabeteens
Georgie created an app idea to connect Diabetic teenagers across Australia and provide a social network which eliminates feelings of isolation. The prevalence of diabetes in Australia is growing at an alarming rate. If developed, her app idea Diabeteens will act as a social platform to help connect young people with diabetes all over Australia and provide new information about the condition, recipes that teenagers will enjoy and tips for dealing with the condition as specific times.
With youth suicide rates in the Northern Territory higher than the national average, Pritika and her team have created an app idea to help address these alarming facts. Their app idea In The Zone will provide mindfulness tools and information about nearby services to help give NT youth access and support.
Bridget's app idea, Meet and Move aims
to inspire young Australians to be more physically active in a social way,
bringing together people travelling to similar locations and encouraging them
to walk rather than drive or catch public transport.
With each of these winning ideas receiving a $10,000
grant to develop their apps, Samsung Adappt hopes to encourage more and more
young people to discover how technology can create social change.