Talented UK students have won three out of four prizes in a worldwide competition to create a new app to help people develop their career.
The CareerHack contest was launched in November 2013 by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), and asked developers around the globe to build an app based on the UK Commission’s “LMI for All” data, which contains information on the UK labour market, including employment, skills and future job market predictions.
First prize winner for the competition was Tomasz Florczak from Logtomobile in Poland, who won £10,000 for his innovative Career Advisor app, while 16-year-old school student Harry Jones, from Bath, took home a £5,000 prize for his Job Happy entry.
The contest also had a special prize specifically for entrants aged 16-24 in Further Education. In this category 22-year-old IT apprentice Phillip Hardwick won the £5,000 prize for his entry, Career Path. And judges were so impressed with the quality of entrants from the category that they introduced an additional runner-up prize of £2,500, which went to a team effort from students at Barking and Dagenham College in London.
Competition judge Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE, Chair of National Careers Council and a Commissioner for UKCES, said:
“As judges we were all highly impressed at the outstanding contributions made by our winners, and of the talent and ability being displayed by the next generation of up-and-coming developers and programmers.
“The quality of the submissions was so high we felt the need to introduce an additional prize, but all those that entered should be extremely proud of their efforts.”
The judging panel was made up of technology experts from Google, Ubuntu and HP, alongside representatives from the UK Commission and John Lewis. Judges made their decision based on how innovative the entry was, how viable it was as a working app, the potential it had for making an impact on society and the overall quality of the packaged app.
CareerHack judge Matt Brocklehurst, Product Marketing Manager at Google UK said:
“At Google we’re well aware of the importance of making data open and encouraging young, creative talent. CareerHack was a fantastic example of this and we were very impressed by the high standard of entries from everyone who entered – the fact that three of the four winners are young people at the start of their careers is fantastic news. We hope these prizes will enable them to get a head start down whichever career path they choose to follow.”
Fellow CareerHack judge Cristian Parrino, Vice President of Mobile and Online Services at Ubuntu, added:
“The CareerHack competition demonstrated how an open set of data can be used to cater to the needs of people at different stages of their career paths. It was wonderful to see the different flavours of high quality applications and services built on UKCES’s data.”
The Winners of the LMI for All CareerHack app challenge were announced by the Minister for Skills and Enterprise, Matthew Hancock MP.
The winning apps were:
First prize – £10,000
Career Advisor by Tomasz Florczak from Logtomobilez
Runner up prize – £5,000
Job Happy by Harry Jones
Further education prize – £5,000
Career Path by Phillip Hardwick
Further education runner up prize – £2,500
“Know Your Future” by 2fixsolutions, from Barking and Dagenham College