St John Ambulance app takes crown in charity hackathon

'Responder App' nets charity $30k from Vodafone

The winning team from Vodafone's App Aid contest.

The winning team from Vodafone's App Aid contest.

An app developed to help St John Ambulance volunteers in emergency situations has scored the organisation $30,000 from Vodafone's charity arm, the Vodafone Foundation.

The 'Responder App' was developed during the Vodafone Foundation's 48 hour App Aid hackathon, which ran 20-22 September. The app offers quick access to information for the St John Ambulance first aid volunteers, such as patient guides.

“St John Ambulance proved to our panel that their idea could assist in saving lives on a state and a national level. The passion from the winning team was clearly demonstrated through their inspiring and convincing pitch,” said contest judge Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist for Apple.

An app developed for OzHarvest, which gathers excess from restaurants and cafes to feed people in need, scored second place, netting the organisation $10,000. The app lets businesses notify the organisation when they have excess food for the charity to collect.

Ten teams took part in App Aid, each of them comprising representatives of a charity and a handful of developers. Each team had to develop a prototype app for their charity and pitch it to a panel of judges.

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