Kenwick: Rehoboth Christian College students develop and pitch apps in Shark Tank inspired event

Bankwest Head of Everyday Banking Tribe Louise Tovey, Executive Manager, Enterprise Agility Paul Lewis, winning students Mitchell Ong and Victor Komaiya, Bankwest Chief Operating Officer Shari Cosgriff, General Manager of Software Engineering Paul Graham, Senior Business Assurance Manager Tansy Garlington and the brainchild behind the Junior App Hack Elle Moog.
Bankwest Head of Everyday Banking Tribe Louise Tovey, Executive Manager, Enterprise Agility Paul Lewis, winning students Mitchell Ong and Victor Komaiya, Bankwest Chief Operating Officer Shari Cosgriff, General Manager of Software Engineering Paul Graham, Senior Business Assurance Manager Tansy Garlington and the brainchild behind the Junior App Hack Elle Moog.

A SHARK Tank inspired event gave students from Rehoboth Christian College the chance to show off apps they had developed to a panel of experts.

Five groups from Rehoboth used the Junior App Hack event, held at the Bankwest head office, to pitch their apps to a panel of Bankwest executives and app developers.

Duo Victor Komaiya (14) and Mitchell Ong (13) won the event with their ‘Revolution Juice’ app, an app that tapped into a mobile’s settings to improve battery health and phone life span.

Victor said it had been an experience he would “never forget”.

“I was honoured to be able to showcase my app and I was really excited too,” he said.

“The judges were kind and gave constructive feedback, which was certainly encouraging for Mitchell and I.”

“Bankwest Everyday Banking Tribe general manager Louise Tovey said they had been impressed with what all the students had created.

“I was blown away by the calibre of the apps we saw and quite frankly a bit scared of all these junior geniuses and just how clever they are,” she said.

“What really impressed the judges most about Victor and Mitchell’s app was the depth of research, the passion and the amount of work and coding that had gone into creating the app.

“They identified and understood a very real problem and were able to solve it in a clever way.”