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Balmac Software Designers Take Off!

Phillipa Dick —

16 Balmacewen students took part in the one day Launch event organised by Hatch Education, designing software solutions for everyday problems.

Over 100 young women (Years 7-13) from 11 Dunedin schools gathered in the Balmacewen Intermediate School Hall for a day of digital creativity on Thursday, May 23rd. This event was part of the nationwide Tech Week 2019.

Cheryl Adams, CEO of Animation Research Limited talked to the students about her experiences and the necessity for diversity of all kinds in the tech industry as the tech was about solving problems with solutions that worked for diverse groups of people. 

Students worked in groups to design a software solution to a real-world problem that they cared about. 

There was a strong emphasis on solutions for sustainability, fitness, wildlife protection and mental health.

Ideas developed by Balmacewen Students included:

Fitness First - a solution which helps people to get more comfortable with taking part in fitness activities.

Solutions -  an app that everyone worldwide can use for sharing their problems anonymously.

Entries - a new, more positive form of social media promoting social connections over fame.