Winners and Finalists
Congratulations to our fantastic Rosalind Franklin Appathon winners and runners-up who took home awards and funding toward developing and accelerating their apps!
Challenge 2 App Pioneer: eSexual Health
Chlamydia affects 200,000 people a year in the UK.
Pam Sonnenberg, Reader in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at UCL, and her team developed the eSexual Health Clinic app. This web app enables a person testing for chlamydia to get their results, and care online, by following an automated clinical consultation, leading to collection of antibiotics from community pharmacies.
This automated, remote approach could improve uptake of testing, keeps people connected into care and eases the burden on traditional healthcare systems.
Challenge 1 Best New App: AMazing STEMM Trailblazers
Ahrani Logan and Brett Haase, founders of tech innovation company Peapodicity, came up with the idea of AMazing STEMM Trailblazers- a gaming app that features STEMM heroines and combines problem solving and critical thinking with STEMM knowledge acquisition.
The game is aimed at boys and girls to raise the profile of women in STEMM, creating role models, as well as challenging cultural stereotypes of what a “scientist” is at an early age.
Challenge 2 App Pioneer: FindMe
In health and education, there is a significant focus on pre-school intervention in order to help young children with autism overcome severe challenges.
Sue Fletcher-Watson, Developmental Psychologist at University of Edinburgh, led in the development of the Findme, a research-based gaming app, which addresses two important social communication abilities: ‘Looking at People’ and ‘Following Social Cues’. By boosting their social interaction and language abilities at an early age, Findme enables them to reach their full potential.
See how it works here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/findme-autism/id491925436?mt=8
Challenge 1 Best New App: STEMM Role Models
Kirstie Whitaker, a Researcher in Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, led the international team behind STEMM Role Models- an app to improve the diversity of conference speakers by creating profiles of experts, the ability to tag with keywords and feature short endorsements.
With this app, they hope to counteract the conference culture of only using the same speakers over and over again- and typically these speakers are white males- and ensure young researchers have a diverse range of role models.
We received so many great ideas to empower and support women in STEMM and these entries really shone through. Our judging panel were very impressed with the drive, innovation and creativity of the Challenge 1 teams and we were excited to showcase their ideas at our Prize and Tech Day 2016.
Learn more about our finalists in the videos below.
The Women's Engineering Society (WES) links women who work in engineering with volunteering opportunities. Currently this is done manually by email, but there is a need to get this information out quicker, and more efficiently.
Sarah Peers, Vice President of WES presents WESLinks, an app which will enable people to search for volunteering opportunities according to location, type, keywords, etc., allow organisations to upload their own volunteering opportunities and enable WES to evaluate the impact, creating a much more streamlined approach.
Many women still struggle to understand how to translate their interest in STEMM into the many hundreds of diverse career opportunities out there.
This is where EyeSTEMM comes in. Conceived by UCL scientists Jennifer Rohn and Adam Giangreco, the EyeSTEMM app allows students to learn more about STEMM careers in a fun and supportive way. A bit like Instagram, EyeSTEMM takes photographic input, based on the interests of its young users, to suggest potential STEMM career options, provide more information about their options and generate inspirational content.
Clinical shadowing is essential to progress in your medical career but women in this space often lack female role models, which can discourage and hinder them from entering traditional male-dominated specialities- less than 10% of surgeons are women, even though the ratio is 50:50 at medical school.
Enter Doccrates- the brainchild of UCL medical students Dina Radenkovic and Stefan Mitrasinovicl This app lets female medical students connect with female leaders in medicine and biomedical research in order to create opportunities for shadowing and placement projects.
Despite advances, women are still more likely to be restricted by caring responsibilities, meaning that they regularly miss out on academic and other networking events, which has an impact on their career trajectories.
Elaine Farrell and Evi Chatzipanagiotidou, historians at Queen's University Belfast, came up with HATCH, a fun, interactive social media app allowing academics and professionals, including women in STEMM, to locate suitable partners with whom to “hatch” research grants and projects, publications, conferences, and other endeavours in in their own time.
We are very pleased to have received so many nominations for this category. The breadth of talent and digital innovation among Women in STEMM in the UK is truly inspiring and it was an honour to celebrate their achievements at our Prize and Tech Day 2016.
The shortlisted applications address a range of social, cultural and economic challenges and you can view all of our finalists in the videos below. Some of them have download links so you can try the apps out for yourself!
How much alcohol do you consume in a typical week?
Susan Michie, Professor of Health Psychology at UCL, and her team have developed a new type of app to tackle excessive alcohol consumption, a major societal and public health challenge.
This is the first app that uses evidence and theory from the fields of behavioural science and addiction to help support users in reducing their alcohol consumption. Try it here: http://drinklessalcohol.com/.
Do you have much money saved up for a rainy day? If the answer is no, you're not alone- over 50% of the UK population have zero savings.
Kristina Bordas co-founded the Swave app, the actionable nudge to your smartphone to help you save little and often towards life-changing financial goals. They don't use budgets, but look at your existing habits to encourage new savings behaviours.
Give it a go here: http://www.finextra.com/video/video.aspx?videoid=1116
According to Public Health England, one third of women shy away from breastfeeding in public for fear of disapproval.
Madeline Balaam, Lecturer on Interaction Design at Newcastle University, created Feedfinder as a direct response to this anxiety- a free mobile app that enables women to find, review and share places and experiences of public breastfeeding. Through community support more women will feel comfortable breastfeeding in public, helping to challenge cultural barriers and social stigma.
Download it here: http://feed-finder.co.uk/
In our increasingly digital world, programming is becoming an essential skill to ensure the UK stay ahead of technological innovation.
Enter the micro:bit- a small programmable hardware device for every year 7 child in the UK- and an Android app, which allows children to programme the micro:bit remotely from their mobile phone.
Mythri Venugopal, Senior Engineer at Samsung, was tasked with ensuring seamless connectivity between the two interfaces so that users can truly programme-on-the-go.
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