Wanganui Park Secondary College Year 8 student Abel Connors was the overall winner at this year’s Victorian Schools and Games App Challenge for his application, Planet Peace.
The 14-year-old was among finalists who had the chance to pitch their ideas to judges, including two Microsoft representatives, at the Australian Centre for Moving Images (ACMI) on Friday, October 27.
Abel came up with the concept for the app as a part of his ICT and Beyond class, taught by Jo Burgess, and decided to enter his project design into the state competition.
Those who entered had to design an application which solved a problem.
Abel’s pitch for Planet Peace, which he has started developing, was an application which will create a better world by being a platform to share people’s messages of peace.
‘‘People can upload videos, images, even statements that would be collected by the application during a period of time before being given to artists to create a song for the world,’’ Abel said.
‘‘Football teams all have their songs, so why can’t the world have one. I couldn’t believe I won considering I was up against students from the major metropolitan private schools.’’
Before doing his four-minute pitch, Abel received a 45-minute coaching session from Melbourne TEDx curator John Yeo.
Abel received a prize and will also be provided with support from Microsoft to develop his app, something he is looking forward to.
‘‘I want to get the app onto all platforms before it is released,’’ he said.
Abel can see his future in information and technology and has already created apps for iPhones in the past four years.