Edinburgh Informatics students provided one quarter of the winners in the recent Appathon competition, competing against students from across the UK.
Appathon is organised by Silicon Valley comes to the UK (SVc2UK), a not-for profit series of industry supported events designed to bring together students and entrepreneurs to share expertise. Participants must be students and are asked to create apps from government data on healthcare, education and the environment. This includes thinking up a high impact concept, producing the app, marketing their idea and explaining its potential for expansion and commercialisation.
The Edinburgh event was sponsored by Informatics Ventures and Hay Systems Ltd, who provided iPads for the winning team.
EyeSore is a SICSA team with 1 Abertay, 1 St Andrews, 2 Edinburgh Engineers and 2 Informatics students. Their app allows the community to report “eyesores” to local authorities providing them with real time information about issues affecting their communities.
SchoolHunt is a team of Informatics undergraduate and PhD students. Their app uses OFSTED data to allow parents to identify and compare local schools quickly and easily.