Happy appy! Youngsters in the running for tech prize

Friday, 4th June 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Honey Eyob Daniel Tesfamariam and Salina Hadera

Honey Eyob, Daniel Tesfamariam and Salina Hadera, all 12, from EYC

YOUNG people at a youth club in Angel are finalists in a nationwide competition looking to develop new tech to improve lives.

The Eritrean Youth Club (EYC), based in Pentonville Road, got to work over the lockdown.

The youngsters developed an app called “Frohes Leben” – meaning “Happy Life” in German – designed for use to support healthy lifestyles with information on common diseases, healthy meal plans and exercise tips.

The team has beaten hundreds of young people across the UK to make it to the final of the Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize. The winner will receive £20,000.

The groups from Eritrea Youth Club and the 39 other teams in the running will now work with tech industry mentors to develop prototypes of their ideas ahead of the final judging in July.

Salina Hadera, 12, said: “I think it’s important because the majority of my family are over 40 and I wanted to do something to help them out and help the community and know that there is something that could help my loved ones. I’m sure all of us would like to focus on our lifestyle more and I think that will benefit so many because now is the time we want to have a healthy lifestyle.”

Maria Ghile who founded the EYC youth club, said: “They’ve been working hard and that is the reward. They are the youngest group we have at 12 years old and that shows they have been working hard and have been doing their research. We are very proud of them, whether they make it or not, the efforts they have done is their achievement.”

The Amazon Longitude Explorer Prize, delivered by Nesta Challenges, explores entrepreneurial skills among pupils ages 11-16 helping tackle issues from climate change, healthy living, ageing well and staying better connected.

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