Clicking on to a tech future

Ailish Norman and Stacie Blott. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Ailish Norman and Stacie Blott. Picture: Chris Kershaw

More than 50 classes of students took part in the Just Start It competition, culminating in a gala awards night at the Sorrento school earlier this month.

Based on Silicon Valley�s Lean Startup methodology, over 18 weeks students learnt in teams of hackers, hawkers and hipsters � meaning computer gurus, marketing lovers and creative types.

The program assigned industry mentors to help the students, with 10 teams making the final to present their ideas to a panel of experts, including representatives from Microsoft and iinet.

Sacred Heart Year 9 students Madelyn Summer, Tara Prentice, Helen Moe, Ailish Norman, Stacie Blott and Louella Eaton were finalists with their Feed It Back app.

The app concept was to allow diners to give instant feedback to restaurant managers about food and service using a QR code on receipts. �We enjoyed devising an app which challenged our minds to think both logically and creatively,� Stacie said.

�We all have gained a new perspective on how to develop our ideas and take them into the business world.�

Getcha from Como Secondary College won the top prize of $5000.

Program director Lainey Weiser said the competition showed the gap between education ending and the business world starting continued to close.