The telephone application developed by students from São João da Madeira to indicate the stocking of 580 Portuguese beaches during the pandemic was one of the winners of the international competition “Apps for Good”, revealed the Serafim Leite Secondary School.
According to a source of the educational establishment that was founded in 1958 in the district of Aveiro, and which is the state school with the best average results in the national exams of 2019, according to a ‘ranking’ released today, after evaluation of 514 public and private institutions, concerned is the contest whose designation is translatable by “Apps for Good”.
The initiative is promoted by the eponymous platform that, based in London, is dedicated to teaching technologies in a ‘startup’ spirit and regularly selects for evaluation several student projects of scientific computing developed for smartphones or tablets, thus proposing to disseminate the potential of these creations for the transformation of the world and society.
The category in which Portuguese students competed was the “People’s Choice Award”, which aims to specifically distinguish the “Choices of the Public” through an online vote sponsored by the American brand Marsh, the world leader in insurance and risk management. Among 13 other projects from the United Kingdom and one from the United States of America, the victory was thus up to the application “SandSpace” (“Sand Space”), conceived in May over four days of remote work by students of the 12th year of the Technical-Professional Programming Course of serafim Leite Secondary School – namely Bruno Dylan, Diogo Resende, Jorge Correia and Nuno Castro, under the guidance of Professor Fatima Pais.
According to a source on the British platform, the pre-selection phase involved “hundreds of projects” and found “sixteen finalists in six categories”. In addition to the heading entitled “People’s Choice Award”, won by the application “SandSpace”, the other five competitive modalities were: “Digital Explorers”, supported by the LEGO brand; “Technologists of the Future”, supported by BNY Mellon; “Founders and Leaders”, by Eight Roads; “Global Innovators”, by Spotify; and “Heroes of the Community” by Vodafone.
The “SandSpace” is available for free download on devices with Android operating system and, in a bilingual public thanks for the distinction, Bruno Dylan, one of the co-authors of the project, declares: “We would like to thank everyone who helped us create, publicize to present our application. This is not only ours – it’s from Portugal.”