Schools App Challenge Finalists Announced

The public votes have been counted, and the judges’ shortlisting scores are all in!

We are pleased to announce the six finalists that will get to present their health app concepts in person to our panel of judges from Microsoft, the NHS and Public Health on 31 January 2017.

The schools that will take part in the final judging event, in alphabetical order, are:

These six schools now have three weeks to refine their pitch presentation and app design content. Support will also be on hand via Skype from Microsoft tech mentor, Ella Cockerell. The overall winner will have the opportunity to visit Microsoft’s Rare Studios as well as see their concept built into the Healthy Island app.

Judging the concepts proved a particularly challenging task this year. Each one of the participating schools submitted entries that demonstrated their enthusiasm, creativity and hard work in coming up with fun ways to learn and share health and wellbeing information with children.

Judge, Simon Jackson (ZenithMoon Studios and Xbox MVP) commented: “Well that was a lot of fun. But more importantly, I was very impressed with many of the entrants. There was a clear focus on their app concept and they ran with it.”

The schools that scored the highest were able to demonstrate their understanding of how their app concept would improve and add to last year’s winning concept, Healthy Island. Many of the schools provided detailed visual storyboards on how their app would work, drafted their own quiz content, carried out user testing and feedback evaluation, and coded elements of their concept as a demo in ‘Touch Develop’.

Competition organiser, Emma Savage commented: “Hosting all the entries on a dedicated web portal this time was a really positive addition. Not only did it streamline the judging process for our shortlisting panel of experts across health, tech and education but it provided a fun and engaging platform for school communities to share and vote for their favourite concepts.”

Well done to all the schools that took part this year – and congratulations to our final six. We look forward to seeing them at the final judging event on 31 January 2017.

For all primary schools interested in taking part next year (September 2017), registration is now open: