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Posted on: 26/01/2015

BIMA Award

Loreto Grammar School young inventors have shown they have the APP-etite for the digital revolution by winning the BIMA U.K. Schools Mobile App of the year award.
 
From over 1500 teams nationwide with 4,000 competing students, it was Loreto's fabulous four who put their finger on the first prize, with a special app designed to safeguard teenagers and women out on the town. Their 'night light' app provides an automatic link to the Police whose computers are instantly able to identify the name and location of anyone who hits the panic button feature.
 
Designer Sinead Gibbons, 14, from Urmston said: “The alert goes to the Police who are able to identify where you are at that moment and the history of your movements through the record of your phone calls and texts that night.”
 
Not only did the Loreto inventors win the Mobile App section on the world renowned British Interactive Media Association's annual awards, but also the overall top award in the schools category and will travel to the Microsoft research and development centre in London early in February to discuss its commercial application.
 
”Lydia Preston, 14, from Warrington added: “It is an idea that is very close to our hearts. As young women, who are just starting to go out together at night, you can feel a little intimidated and I know we will feel more safe and, just as importantly, our parents will feel happier, if we have this direct line to the police.”
 
Chloe Jambor, 15, from Sale, added: “It has been an exciting project and I think all of us want to work in digital communication and programming. We feel our generation is just at the start of realising the full potential of new technology.”
 
Loreto ICT teacher Mrs Hau, who managed the Loreto entry, said: “These girls not only showed a detailed understanding of modern digital communications, but also applied both their social conscience and commercial acumen to the project.”
 
Loreto Grammar School Headteacher Mrs Beever added: “To come first out of 1500 schools nationwide is a wonderful achievement. The competition was judged by some of the digital industry's leading figures who are very much at the vanguard of research and development.”
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