Past winners

Terminal

First Place
Second Place
Third Place
Year:
2016
Category:
Junior
Louis Donovan, Phoenix Morris, Jonathan Tomlinson, Jacob Tinning
Mount Maunganui College

Terminal is an app that teaches people how to code. It helps young adults and teenagers to learn some basic coding skills.

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From The innovator

The Innovators and their Idea

​Hi, I am Phoenix Morris from Mount Maunganui College, one quarter of Terminal! We entered YiA the year before, after hearing about it in our science class. It looked like a fun and interesting way to get my and my teams creative juices flowing, with the potential to have our ideas expanded by professionals.

After making it into the YiA 2015 Finals and attending the award ceremony, the special guest Jenene Crossan (founder of flossie.com) said "If you want to make it big, learn coding". This ignited an idea to create an app to help teach kids and young adults to code in a fun and interactive way. The growing amount of jobs that will require coding in the future due to the introduction of robots into the workplace and increasing automation will mean many jobs will disappear.

The Internship and the Future

We were lucky enough to win $250 and two days work experience to develop our idea at Cucumber, who specialise in digital technology. The YiA internship gave an incredible insight on what it's like to develop ideas professionally. It gave me a proper look into how these types of things are done in the real world, and the sort of ecosystem you would follow. To me that is invaluable, and I'm already noticing myself use those processes and ideas in my own life.

I learned a lot about letting ideas go, that just because I came up with it doesn't mean it is the right way to do it. I got to see first hand how innovation operates in a professional environment, and how I can use that in my own life whether it be in school work, personal projects, or otherwise. I most certainly came out with much greater understanding of innovation. Not just as a concept but as a core idea and how it performs in the work place, and how to cultivate it to the best of my ability.

​I have high hopes that we will continue to develop our idea and eventually release our product to the market and see if it floats.

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