OA’s “Hire Belize” mobile app wins PwC’s Belize Innovation Challenge


Hire Belize screenshotOcean Academy students earned first place in a fierce competition among 15 high schools to solve youth unemployment (25% among 14-25 year-olds in Belize). OA’s winning solution is “Hire Belize,” a mobile app designed and created by the students to connect youth with potential employers and customers.¬†Judges were able to try out the app prototype on Android phones during the presentation. The prize package includes a mentoring partnership with Beltraide and $2000bz to take the prototype to the next stage of development for real-world applications. Each student also won a cash prize and the school won a laptop. Students finessed presentation and communication skills and really worked cohesively as a team. The competition was organized by PwC, Peacework and the Belize Ministry of Education. A big thanks to team mentors: Shola Babb of Belize Tourism Board, Sam Liu and Valbona Bushi of PwC, Ariel Samara and Heidi Curry of Ocean Academy. Channel 5 News reports the full story here: http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/113134