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Fairvale High School students win prizes at Hackathon

29 Nov 2018

Three Fairvale High School students proved quite apt at handling the challenges of the CodeNext Hackathon recently. 

Helen Quach, Christine Vo and Grace Suttijitt won their category at the event hosted by Vodafone and the Coder Academy.

They team were given a challenge to develop an app that would resolve a real world issue presented by the Red Cross and the Garvan Institute.

The Garvan Institute sought solutions to engagement in clinical trials among young children suffering from cancer.

The Fairvale trios app was interactive and appealed to children and parents through colourful visuals and a game.

“The students looked specifically at Leukaemia and had a depiction of a human body. You then could see the major parts of the body. If you clicked on the arm, it showed specifically the cells and the flow of blood,” organising teacher Ms Higgins said. 

“Through trial and error throughout the day and getting feedback from the Garvan Institute, they were able to refine the app and were successful in pitching their idea.”

The students innovative app drew praise from the judges for their passion, commitment and comprehension of the complex problems.  The students receives an iPad, a $350 course at the Coder Academy, a visit to Vodafone to see how women are working in technology and a trip to see current medical research and have lunch with the scientists at the Garvan Institute.