Two schoolchildren and best friends have reached the final stages of a national competition to find technological solutions to environmental challenges.
Henry and Raphael, both 12, qualified for the BT Young Pioneer Award final at Tech4Good 2021.
Their project is an idea for an app called Fighting Fly Tipping that will allow people to anonymously report examples of garbage left on the streets to boards.
The final winner will receive up to £ 10,000 in funding and will be supported by BT experts to help make their project a reality. The winner will be announced on July 14 during the Tech4Good 2021 live event.
The inspiration for ‘Fighting Fly Tipping’ came after the two students at Lochinver House School spent much more time walking in lockdown and spotting trash on the streets and trash cans full to the brim.
Fighting Fly Tipping will be a free application that will use data based on users’ location to report illegally dumped garbage.
Potters Bar residents Henry and Raphael believe it will help councils respond to more fly spill cases so there will be less litter that could harm wildlife.
Henry said: “There is nothing like it around, and tipping flies is a major problem. Unfortunately, not many people report fly spills, so we hope our app will encourage more people to do so. ”
Raphael added: “Even though our project is only a concept at the moment, we are already thinking about what else we can do, for example by expanding the service to include public bins which could be full so that we can be emptied, helping to reduce bulk waste.
Marc Allera, CEO of BT’s Consumer Division, said: “It’s incredibly inspiring to see so many young people having so many wonderful ideas for this year’s nominations. Using technology for good has been at the heart of BT Young Pioneer for over a decade, and once again, this year’s finalists and their incredible ideas have the potential to make a real difference in each of our lives. .
Tech4Good is completely free and designed to help people across the UK – from children and their parents, the elderly and more vulnerable to job seekers and small businesses.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-01 08:21:46