Apps4Gaps is an international competition, initiated in Ireland, aimed at encouraging young people to provide ideas and create apps that can benefit society in a variety of areas such as education, health, communication, housing, transport and planning. As part of the process participants are encouraged to work as a team, learn and increase their skills in computing and mobile app development. A number of education organisations in Ireland have been partners in this initiative. To date these education partners have included Project Maths, the Digital Repository Ireland (DRI), CoderDojo and the NCTE  (National Centre for Technology in Ireland), who are now part of PDST. Other key partners include the Central Statistics Office (CSO) and the INSIGHT Research Centre, among others.

For those involved in education the competition is open to teams of up to three people who are attending a primary school, second level school or third level college.  Applicants in this category have to have a consent form signed by a teacher, lecturer etc. Teachers and lecturers can also participate as members of the participating team. So if you or any of your students are designing apps that meet the competition criteria, register your team today on the official website – apps4gaps.ie – where you will find much more information about the project and previous winners.

And remember this is an International Competition so participants from all over Europe can participate. If this competition call is too early for you this year, mark it in your calendar for next year so that when you return to school or college next September you can plan a project entry with your students for  the 2018 competition call.