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Grant Reilly


14th December 2020


Who’s your Mood Buddy?

On Friday 11 December, the 2020 #DigiInventorsChallenge final in association with Glasgow Warriors took place and was won by pupils from Alloa Academy.

Our competition began in early 2020 but was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic until November where we undertook our first online boot camp before delivering our live online final.

This year saw record levels of applications in terms of quantity and quality. After an extended shortlisting period we selected four teams to join us for boot camp:

  1. Digital Ninjas from Gryffe High School
  2. My Mood Buddy from Alloa Academy
  3. Ocean Revolution from St Maurice’s High School
  4. You Wish We Assist from Marr College

Following an intensive learning and development day our teams had a few final weeks to hone their presentations, before pitching to our panel of judges that included Nathan Bombrys, Managing Director, Glasgow Warriors; Angela Bruce, Design Innovation Research Associate, Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre; Lynn Mills, Intelligent Cloud Lead – Strategic Accounts, Microsoft; Lisa Simmons, Clinical Implementation Manager, ORCHA Health; Simon Mone, Manager, SwarmOnline Ltd.

The standard of the final presentations was excellent and made the judge's decision-making process even more challenging. After much deliberation, My Mood Buddy was the eventual winners with all other presentations within a few scores.

My Mood Buddy, created by students from Alloa Academy, is a mobile application that aims to support young Scots with mental health issues manage their health and wellbeing. The app links users with a ‘Mood Buddy’ to help support them in managing their mental health. This companion can use the app to perform daily checks, while users can use it to keep a secure journal, personalise their content to reflect their likes, dislikes and overall mood and allows them to contact their ‘Mood Buddy’ when they need their support.

After impressing our judges, we plan on working with the students and our partners in the New Year to develop a working prototype of their idea.

Keep following our #DigiInventorsChallenge for more information on how the winning idea develops.

Keep your eyes peeled on our social media too as we will be announcing our 2021 #DigiIneventorsChallenge early in the New Year.

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