The winners of the mSchools App Awards, the competition held annually at the close of the App Education course, have been announced. On June 4, 2016 Barcelona’s Auditori served as the venue for the Mobile World Capital Barcelona initiative, launched in collaboration with the Regional Government of Catalonia, the Barcelona City Council, and GSMA, in which more than 300 students presented their technological projects.
The third edition of the mSchools App Awards boasted participation by more than 4,000 students from all across Catalonia, including Primary, Secondary, Senior School and Vocational Training students. The students were able to submit projects in two categories: App Education (consisting of technological projects developed based on the course taught in the classroom) and the Mobile History Map (MHM) (featuring contents geolocated on this map and related to the challenge posed during the “20th-century Catalonia” course). From the more than 200 projects and 150 geolocated contents, 53 finalists were chosen (45 in the first category and 8 in the second), who presented their entries at a fair-like space set up for the event at L’Auditori.
The judging panel, made up of professionals from the new technologies, innovation, creativity and education fields, and headed up by John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd., visited each finalist team’s stand and attended each group’s presentations. The teams also had the chance to share their proposals and prototypes with audiences at a special pitching stage, a new feature introduced at the third edition of the mSchools App Awards. An application to learn Chinese, and others to control 3D robots and brain sensors were some examples of the projects presented.
The day concluded with the announcement of the 19 winning projects: 11 applications from the App Education category, and 8 geolocated contents through the Mobile History Map platform.
The 45 winning students from the first category were awarded a stay at the mSchools TechCamp, a tech-centred summer programme marking its second edition specifically created to build on knowledge of the App Education course. The 8 winners in the second category, Mobile History Map, received a 3D printer for their schools and a course for teachers on the introduction of this technology in the classroom.
Details on the categories and winners
IoT, robotics and device control – award presented by Jordi Puigneró, Secretary of ICT Governance for the Regional Government of Catalonia.
Secondary Education (ESO) winner: Collegi Frangoal, in Castelldefels. Application: “Bio-Control.”
Senior and vocational training schools winner: Institut Roseta Mauri, in Reus. Application: “My Little Baby.”
Leisure and personal management – award presented by Aleix Valls, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
Secondary Education (ESO) winner: Col·legi Montserrat, in Barcelona. Application: “Kofu.”
Senior and vocational training schools winner: Institut Baix Camp, in Reus. Application: “La Guerra de les Catlàxies.” (“CatStar Wars”).
Educational applications – award presented by Constantí Serrallonga, CEO of Fira de Barcelona.
Secondary Education (ESO) winner: Col·legi Inmaculada Concepció in Lloret de Mar. Application: “EduKkds.”
Senior and vocational training schools winner: Institut Baix Camp in Reus. Application: “Aprendre xinès” (Learn Chinese).
Community and citizenship services – award presented by Carmen Andrés, Councillor for Children, Youth and Senior Citizens for the Barcelona City Council.
Secondary Education (ESO) winner: Institut Mare de Déu de la Candelera in L’Ametlla de Mar. Application: “Emocionari.” (Dictionary of Emotions).
Senior and vocational training schools winner: Institut Roseta Mauri. Application: “Auto.me.”
Audience Award – presented by John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd.
Winner: Collegi Sagrada Família in Santa Perpètua de Mogoda. Application: “Screwie.”
Honourable Mention: Best Presentation – presented by Albert Sáez, Deputy Director of El Periódico.
Winner: Institut Torre del Palau, in Terrassa. Application: “Make Music.”
Honourable Mention: communication and marketing campaign – award presented by Albert Sáez, Deputy Director of El Periódico.
Winner: IES Palamós. Application: “StickSlaughter.”
MOBILE HISTORY MAP
Primary school students – prize presented by Jordi Puigneró, Secretary of ICT Governance for the Regional Government of Catalonia.
1st prize: Escola Vedruna, in Ripoll. Contribution: “El tren del segle xx a Ripoll” (20th-Century Trains in Ripoll)
2nd prize: Escola Mare de Déu dels Torrents, in Vimbodí i Poblet. Contribution: “Any Potau/Campdesunyer.” (The Potau/Campdesunyer Year)
3rd prize: Escola Baltassar Segú, in Valls. Contribution: “A Valls, castells.” (Castles in Valls)
Secondary school students – prize presented by Aleix Valls, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
1st prize: Institut Estany de la Ricarda, in El Prat de Llobregat. Contribution: “El patrimoni industrial del Prat de Llobregat” (El Prat de Llobregat’s Industrial Heritage).
2nd prize: Institut la Mar de la Frau, in Cambrils. Contribution: “Cambrils i el mar” (Cambrils and the Sea).
3rd prize: Escola Vedruna in Ripoll. Contribution: “L’empremta tèxtil a Ripoll” (The Textile Industry’s Mark on Ripoll).
Honourable Mention: best oral testimony recorded – prize presented by Jordi Puigneró, Secretary of ICT Governance for the Regional Government of Catalonia.
Winner: Escola Nostra Llar, in Sabadell. Contribution: “Oficis del segle xx” (20th-century Trades).
Honourable Mention: most original research, presented by Aleix Valls, CEO of Mobile World Capital Barcelona.
Winner: Institut Pere Barnils, in Centelles. Contribution: “Centelles comença el segle xx. La força i el savi” (Centelles Begins in the 20th century. Strength and the Wiseman).