2019/2020 Programme

During the last academic school year (2019/20) 95 UK schools took part in the AWS GetIT programme. Schools worked with an AWS/Amazon ambassador and were supported throughout the year to enter a competition and design an app that would help their school or local community. In March 2020, we received a total 156 project submissions, and sent out over 1,300 certificates to celebrate and recognise all of the students and their incredible app ideas.
All projects were reviewed by AWS judges from across the globe, which enabled us to shortlist the top 10 teams. In order to make the process as fair as possible, this year we introduced blind judging. This meant removing school names from all projects and meant there was less chance of unconscious bias factoring into the selection process.
The most popular social issues covered were mental health and wellbeing (28%), followed by the environment (including climate change and recycling, 22%) and revision and studying (9%).
Due to COVID-19, this year’s semi-final and final were postponed until the students were back in the classroom. Both events took place in October 2020 and were delivered virtually.
Semi finalist joined us  from London, Brighton, Bristol and Manchester. 60% of finalists were from State schools, 20% Grammar and 20% Fee paying schools. 80% of schools were new to the competition, and 20% were repeat schools the from 2018/19 programme.

Please click here to hear from some of this years semi-finalists. 

Winner Announced!

We are delighted to announce the winner of the 2019-20 AWS GetIT competition…

Putney High School: Infinite School

An app to facilitate the sale of second-hand uniforms in schools with the aim to reuse and reduce.

Putney High School is an independent all-girls school in Putney, London. They believe that thinking should be “out of the box”, not “tick the box” and their infectious passion for learning means they achieve more than outstanding results: they build confident, creative thinkers and deliver an education that is truly relevant to their future.

Catch up on Infinite School’s live coverage of the final here

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Runner-up Announced!

We are delighted to announce the runner-up of the 2019-20 AWS GetIT competition…

Hinchley Wood School: Clublinks

Assisting people to find a variety of clubs within their local community. It will provide an easy, safe environment for parents and children to locate safe, well reviewed clubs.

Hinchley Wood School is a secondary school with academy status in Hinchley Wood, Surrey. As a school they strive constantly to improve on their previous best and particular importance is placed on recognising and rewarding individual achievement. Students are actively encouraged to participate in a wide range of artistic and sporting activities with many gaining recognition at local and national level for their achievements.

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Congratulations to our 2019/20 Finalists!

(Please note that this list is in no particular order)

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School: Halcyon

‘Halcyon’ helps teenagers achieve a stress-free life by giving them ways to combat stress.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School is a mixed-sex grammar school with academy status, located in the London Borough of Bexley. The school aims to educate and prepare for life, able pupils from all backgrounds. This mission is dynamically carried forward within a caring, happy and supportive community.

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Bristol Free School: Work Well Together

This app gives online well-being support for students that allows those dealing with difficult and distressing dilemmas to confidentially contact a professional working at their school.

Bristol Free School (BFS) has a unique legacy, being created by the local community to serve the families from Westbury-on-Trym and its locality. BFS is an ambitious school which works to ensure every child makes excellent progress from his or her starting point and experiences a breadth of opportunities which develop the whole person.

Dame Alice Owens School: Apatheia

This app is designed to help children with IED (Intermittent Explosive Disorder) or other similar mood disorders cope and stay calm in and out of school environments.

Dame Alice Owen’s School is an 11–18 mixed, partially selective secondary school and sixth form with academy status in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. The school provides an education which is both challenging and fulfilling, equipping students with all the essential skills for life. Reflecting the motto of the Worshipful Company of Brewers, ‘In God is all our trust’, the school has a long tradition of working within the ethos of British values and students of all faiths are warmly welcomed at the school.

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Walton High: Track my child

An app to keep loved ones safe that provides alerts and notifications to parents when their child enters neighborhood watch zones or police checked zones.

Walton High is a large academy school with two campuses, in the south-east area of Milton Keynes. From its very beginning the school’s educational ethos has been rooted in the belief that an excellent education ignites a lifelong desire for learning; that it not only provides a young person with the skills and attributes needed to make a living and contribute positively to society, but also enables them to live happy and fulfilled lives.

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Portslade Aldridge Community Academy: Amazon Scholar

‘Amazon Scholar’ aims to help students in secondary school with homework, food ordering, timetables, lessons and grades.

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) is a co-educational school for 11 to 18 year olds based in the heart of the Mile Oak Community in Portslade, Brighton. PACA’s motto is ‘Unlocking Potential’ and they are committed to unlocking the full potential in our students and staff. PACA is part of a growing family of Aldridge Academies – all very different, but with a shared commitment to inclusivity and limitless aspiration – in a strong community context.

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Beaconsfield High School: Struggle Circle

An anonymous, safe, and welcoming form of communication between students in schools to talk through difficult situations or mental health issues.

Beaconsfield High School is a girls’ grammar school in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. It is a centre of excellence for education and beyond, an establishment dedicated to discovering and developing the abundance of individual potential within its modern, diverse, inclusive and dynamic community.

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Mount St Mary’s Catholic High School: Book Savers

Book Savers allows pupils and staff to recommend books for the school library and find and purchase the recommended books from charity shops. 

Mount Saint Mary’s School is a Roman Catholic secondary school in Leeds, England. The school offers an education acknowledging the traditional values upon which they were founded, whilst combining a flexible and forward looking curriculum, supported by the latest thinking and technologies.

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Bishop’s Stortford College: Social Circle

This app has been designed to help people who suffer from social anxiety through a process of setting goals, following a clinically proven format.

Bishop’s Stortford College is one of the leading independent, co-educational day and boarding schools. It is large enough to provide an exceptional range of opportunities, yet small enough for each child to be known and valued. Its aim is to ensure the process of all round growth – academically, morally, spiritually, athletically, and creatively.