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Award-winning mobile app is a superhero success

Four St Aidans Anglican Girls School students are riding high on the success of winning the Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition, with the creation of their Team Pawsout mobile phone app.

The Team Pawsout mobile phone app

The Team Pawsout mobile phone app

Brisbane schoolgirls Georgia, Robyn, Emmaline and Jessica have developed the Team Pawsout app prototype that connects dog owners with local available dog walkers, with the goal of encouraging young people to get outdoors more. Registered dog walkers between the ages of 14 and 20 earn points for walking dogs, and then receive prizes such as movie vouchers once they reach a certain amount of points.

The girls developed the pitch video and filmed it at school during the school holidays and sent it in to the 2015 Search for the Next Tech Girl Superhero competition, run by non-profit organisation Tech Girls Movement. Tech Girls Movement run the competition annually, challenging female students across the country to create an app prototype that benefits their community, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Although the girls’ award-winning app is still in prototype stage, it is hoped that it will soon be fully developed with the help of sponsors. From winning the Australia-wide competition, the team has received, among other things, a remote internship with technology consultancy Buckham and Duffy that will help them to workshop the app further.

The four girls have also been featured in the second ‘Tech Girls are Superheros’ book, and they attended the book launch at Google headquarters in Sydney.

The Team Pawsout app team enjoying success at Google headquarters in Sydney

Looking to the future, the girls are now preparing to enter their app into the international Technovation Challenge, with the hope that they will attend the World Pitch as finalists in Silicon Valley, San Francisco in July 2016.

The girls hope to progress their skills further in technology and app development while completing high school, with the aim of forging future careers in this area.

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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