Barclaycard is supporting the launch of two new apps developed by schoolchildren as part of the UK's Apps for Good education initiative.
Barclaycard is the sole sponsor of Apps for Good's 'Saving, Spending and Giving - making the most from your money' category, and has worked closely with the two winning schools to bring their app ideas to life. As part of its involvement, Barclaycard has offered support at each stage of the process, from conception through to the development of the apps and finally bringing them to market.
Chris Wood, managing director, Barclaycard, says: "Who better to design apps for young people than young people themselves. There is a huge appetite amongst this generation to learn more about this sort of technology, which isn't always addressed by traditional teaching methods. Initiatives such as Apps for Good are vital if we are to encourage this interest and help inspire the innovators of tomorrow."
Overall winner, Pockupation, was developed by children from The Abbey School in Berkshire. The app enables people to post odd jobs such as dog walking, babysitting, plant watering, washing-up and car cleaning and includes 'trust ratings' and reviews provided by previous employees and employers.
Social Bank, winner of the people's vote category, was developed by pupils at Mount Grace School in Hertfordshire. The app aims to encourage young people to save money by making it fun and interactive. They can also compete with friends by linking to social media.
Pupils from both schools have been invited to Barclaycard's head office for a tour ahead of the official launch in Canary Wharf on the 30th January.