Teams from 8 Surrey schools have spent the past 6 months working on an interactive challenge set by Staines-based technology company NDS. The brief was to imagine they had been commissioned by a broadcaster to keep viewers engaged in TV programmes by creating exciting apps for smart phones, iPad, PC, website or even a Red Button on the TV itself! NDS staff were allocated to each team as mentors and visited the schools to support and give direction to the students.
The teams could imagine they were using NDS technologies to help them, or come up with their own ideas –– the important thing was to produce an idea which would appeal to broadcast professionals. The final part of the challenge was a 5 minute presentation to the judges, in the impressive setting of Spelthorne Council Chamber. The judges then visited the team stands where the students explained how they had thought up and developed their ideas and answered questions, backed up by models, posters and role play. The students came up with a wonderful range of ideas from exercise apps to foreign translation apps and manipulating advertisements and music playing apps – truly creative!
The eventual winners of the £300 Prize were Blenheim High School with their app ‘HEAD ON’. This app allows viewers to replace the head of an actor they are watching with their own and really enter in to the drama.