• Over 550 Primary, Secondary, Higher Secondary and Vocational Training students have competed in the 3 categories (App Education, Mobile History Map and Scratch Challenge) of the mSchools Student Awards
  • Sustainability, biodiversity, cuisine, gender equality, mathematics applied to cities, literature and sex education were the major themes of the projects created by the young developers.

Barcelona, 09 June 2018mSchools, the mEducation programme promoted by Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital) in collaboration with the Regional Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Hall and GSMA, celebrated its fifth anniversary this morning with the mSchools Student Awards at La Farga activity centre in L’Hospitalet. This event, which acknowledges work performed in the classroom throughout the year, brought together over 1,500 members of the education community.

The act, at which more than 550 students from all Catalonia took part with a total of 118 projects, rewarded 25 teams in three categories: App Education, Mobile History Map and Scratch Challenge. Students devised dynamic activities to present their proposals throughout the morning, while showcasing them in an exhibition environment, pitching them before judges or programming with Scratch while the judges analysed the development of their projects. Jury members included Mats Granryd, Director General of GSMA, John Hoffman, CEO and Director of GSMA, Ltd and Carlos Grau, CEO of MWCapital, as well as other technology sector professionals and experts.

In the App Education category, awards were presented to the 11 best app prototypes in four areas: Sustainable Communities, Inclusion, Equality and Accessible Education, Connected Industry and Services, and Artistic and Cultural Creation. Mobile History Map, the event’s second category, which is focused on and involves development of content on points of interest near schools, rewarded the projects of 8 primary and secondary teams.

The Scratch Challenge category, entitled “What do we want to be when we grow up?”, featured the participation of 40 primary and first-cycle secondary groups. These teams have programmed interactive stories, simulations, games and animations throughout the school year. During the event, the finalists competed in a programming hackathon and judges chose the 6 most innovative and creative projects.

Winning students in the App Education and Scratch Challenge categories may develop and extend the knowledge that they have acquired at school at the mSchools TechCamp, a summer camp that combines outdoor and teambuilding activities with training workshops on different aspects of digital design and development. These technology summer camps will take place from 21 to 29 July at La Cinglera summer activity centre at Vilanova de Sau. Meanwhile, Mobile History Map winners received a 360º camera and one lot of five virtual reality headsets.

Find out the winners here.