To celebrate the success of the Hunter region in the competition, the ME Program, SISP & CASE are hosting the first ever Regional Tech Girls are Superheroes Showcase. The event which will be held at the Newcastle Museum Theatrette on Wednesday 20 November 2019 will be an opportunity for friends, family, school community and industry representatives to come together and see the hard work of all the teams in the Hunter region throughout the competition.
Each team will have a display table setup with their working apps and portfolios and will present a 3-minute elevator pitch on their app.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to all the schools and teams who participated in the 2019 Tech Girls are Superheroes competition and we are looking forward to working with you all and the Tech Girls Movement again in 2020.
Wednesday 20th November 2019
Where: Newcastle Museum Theatrette
Time: 3:00 PM arrival (3:30 PM elevator pitches)
Download the Flyer TGAS Regional Showcase Flyer
2019 saw the highest number of Hunter region teams register and take part in the nation-wide Tech Girls are Superheroes competition. Created by Dr. Jenine Beekhuyzen of the Tech Girls Movement Foundation, the Tech Girls are Superheroes competition inspires young women to solve important community problems with technology skills and business acumen through coding and development of an app over a 12-week period.
Through the support of RDA Hunter’s ME Program, the STEM Industry School Partnership (SISP) program and the Cessnock Academy of STEM Excellence (CASE) the Hunter region had 18 teams from primary and secondary schools participate in the national competition.
The Hunter region fared well with a team from Warners Bay HS taking out winners in the NSW Secondary School category for their app, HopIn and a team from St Joseph’s Catholic College, Lochinvar placing first in NSW Secondary School Region category for AVO (Awesome Vibes Online).
A team from Dungog HS were also recognized for their app BAM Clubs in the 2019 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Awards in the Community category.
The St Joseph’s Catholic College team said, “overall, we found the Tech Girls Are Superheroes competition a valuable and enjoyable experience and we learnt lots about the world of coding, business, advertising, pitching and entrepreneurship.”
2019 Hunter Region Winners
HopIn, Warners Bay High School
NSW Secondary School Winner
HopIn! Is a car-pooling app allowing people to register their car trip and let people who are travelling in the same direction hop in, for a contribution towards the driver’s travel expenses. Unlike taxis and Ubers, HopIn! cuts down on carbon emissions by preventing additional cars on the road. HopIn! is for people who care about the environment. HopIn! is helping to save the planet, one ride at a time.
AVO (Awesome Vibes Online), St Joseph’s Catholic College Lochinvar
NSW Secondary School Winner Regional
AVO (Awesome Vibes Online), is an app providing a medium to educate people about safety online while also acting as a platform for members of the public to report potential online threats to others’ wellbeing. This app is necessary so that parents, teachers and children are aware of the online threats that exist for their children and students, such as cyberbullying, inappropriate sexual and violent content, grooming, and unsafe viral social media trends. The app also uses data analysis to raise awareness of these threats before they cause harm. AVO is unique because it is preventative, stopping the threat before it impacts on a young individual’s health. The app is also multifaceted as it meets the issue head-on with a variety of education and engaging online tools.
BAM Clubs, Dungog High School
2019 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Award – Community
BAM Clubs is an app created to help people in rural areas join clubs/after school activities. It allows you to join clubs that you are interested in such as; cooking, sports, gaming, reading clubs etc. and meet up with others that like the same things as you. This app is for everyone and anyone looking to find other people with similar interests. Our app provides a browse option for you to find clubs you may be interested in, group chat feature for you to chat with the people you are in a club with and many more features.
Hunter Region Participating Schools
Abermain PS, Cessnock HS, Dungog HS, Maitland HS, St Joseph’s Catholic College – Lochinvar, Newcastle Grammar School, Warners Bay HS, St Philip’s Christian College – Cessnock.