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Swift Explorers Singapore celebration: Young developers focused on Singapore's ageing population

By Aaron Yip - on 22 Nov 2022, 10:23pm

Swift Explorers Singapore celebration: Young developers focused on Singapore's ageing population

You’re never really too young to create and develop your app. That’s what these schoolers will tell you.

A little while back, if you recall, the Crescent Girls’ School managed and organised the Swift Explorers Singapore – a seven-month long app development programme that’s also supported by Tinkeracademy, an Apple Professional Learning Provider. Naturally, resources such as iPads were provided Apple too.

Opened to students from primary schools to junior colleges, the programme provides a series of free coding-related activities for them to learn app design and coding on iPad using Swift. Students get to learn basic coding skills using Swift Playgrounds and learn how to create their own virtual world, before turning their app designs into fully built utility apps.

In all, over 58 schools participated at the start of the initiative in March 2022, and 16 schools recently presented their winning app ideas at the Swift Explorers Singapore Celebrations at the Apple Marina Bay Sands outlet.

Here are a few photos taken at the event:

A student from Presbyterian High School presenting their app, Chater, to audiences at the Swift Explorers Singapore celebration at Apple Marina Bay Sands. PHOTO: APPLE

A student from Dunman High School presenting their app, Apples, to audiences at the Swift Explorers Singapore celebration at Apple Marina Bay Sands. PHOTO: APPLE

A student from Ngee Ann Secondary School presenting their app, Routely, to audiences at the Swift Explorers Singapore celebration at Apple Marina Bay Sands. PHOTO: APPLE

The Swift Explorers Singapore celebration at Apple Marina Bay Sands this morning saw 16 schools presenting their winning app ideas to Guest-of-Honour, Mr Tan Kiat How, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information (MCI). PHOTO: APPLE

In fact, one of my favourite entry, Cedar Girls’ Elderly Care app, which aims to help caregivers, family members or the elderly themselves to manage the elderly’s daily life as well as journal beautiful memories turned up as one of the winning entries. Congratulations!

Here are the entries:

School
Description
App Name
Crescent Girls School
Elderly Care is an app with special features that  helps caregivers, family members or the elderly themselves to manage the elderly’s daily life as well as journal beautiful memories.
Elderly Care
Dunman High School
Apples is an elderly-friendly befriending app aimed at reducing loneliness and increasing social interaction between the elderly. It is inclusive and user-friendly, with the added zest of incorporating various challenges and games — to grow trees.
Apples
East Spring Secondary School
Screen Master is an app which allows students to monitor how much time they are spending on their phone. Students can also set a limit to their screen time and to specify downtimes during which gaming and social media apps cannot be used.
 
Screen Master
Gan Eng Seng School
Mentor Meet is an app meant to serve as a way for students to get fast answers to tough questions they encounter in their studies, be it homework or practice papers.
Mentor Meet
Mayflower Secondary School
ExpressWay is an app that helps to digitalise your Ez-Link card and one cool feature is that it helps to discover popular places to go to in Singapore. The features available in this app allows you to search for everything you need when travelling and exploring around Singapore. Hence, this app saves you a lot of trouble.
ExpressWay
Methodist Girls School (MGS)
Rirakkusu will help people improve their mental health by providing stress-relieving entertainment and media. This app is unique as users can get a wide variety of media in one place. It is inclusive and welcomes a wide variety of users.
Rirakkusu
Nan Hua High School
Target is an exercise app designed to motivate people to exercise more frequently. The app offers in-app currency for exercising, which can be exchanged for rewards such as vouchers and equipment. This app also customises exercise goals based on each user’s abilities, allowing them to exercise easily, enthusiastically and efficiently.
Target
Naval Base Secondary School
Study Cheese is an app that allows students to set targets, create notes and keep track of the dates of their exams all in one place.
The app also allows students to keep track of the amount of time they have spent studying. By having all these features in one app, students no longer need to switch between multiple ones which can affect the flow of their studying.
Study Cheese
Ngee Ann Secondary School
Routely is the perfect app to use when taking public transport. It allows you to plan out all your trips, recommend routes along with a plethora of other useful features to make the user’s experience more convenient.
Project Routely
Northbrooks Secondary School
Mind Habit is an app where users, especially students, can use to practice healthy habits of relieving stress. The habits consists of mindfulness, breathing techniques and reflection.
Mind Habit
Pasir Ris Secondary
Our app will help people remember things. The app includes scrapbooking, note taking and even a recording function. Search up ideas for inspiration, and save to remember later on.
A Book of Scrap
Presbyterian High School
Chater is a simple app that aims to help people improve their communication skills and boost their confidence through one-on-one lessons.
Chater
Raffles Girls School (Secondary)
SimpleNav is a navigation app designed with the needs of the elderly in mind. With SimpleNav, anyone and everyone has a friend to provide clear and simple directions to guide them to their destination via the safest route with the help of features like calling emergency numbers, saving favourite locations and text-to-speech.
SimpleNav
Sembawang Secondary School
MediaFly is built to tackle the problem of making friends!  We have noticed that a lot of people nowadays are too shy to make friends face to face and are a lot more comfortable making friends online.
MediaFly
Woodlands Ring Secondary School
Focus is a social productive application which rewards users to stay off their phones. Created as a social application, Focus is a competitive environment which  encourages our users to keep one another in check.
Focus
Victoria JC
Medit aims to remind people suffering from chronic illnesses to take their medicine regularly. Furthermore, Medit includes Family function and Doctor version to include family members and doctors to help to remind patients.
Medit
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