Caroline Player, a Warwick computer science student, was part of a winning team at this year's Code for Good Challenge with JP Morgan. Teams of students paired up with charities to problem-solve using technology.
The two-day event was for tech students to create apps, websites and tech tools to solve challenges for local non-profit organisations. The overall winning team created a solution for Eneza Education, a charity providing education for children in Kenya. In the Kiswahili language, “eneza” means “to reach” or “to spread,” and the group distributes education through SMS and text based quizzes, tutorials and questions. Caroline and the team created an Android-based application for teachers and parents, which, when implemented, can increase the educational impact for students.
The students worked with the charities and technologists from JP Morgan, who will now be developing the apps for the charities based on the ideas the students came up with. Simon Cooper, senior technologist at JP Morgan says:
It was a competition but in my view everyone was a winner because all the charity partners got brilliant ideas in how they can solve the issues. The technical capability of the students was incredible. They have incredibly relevant skill sets to the world in which we're operating in now."