Ellora James

I​​ ​​am​​ ​​a​​ ​​17​​ ​​year​​ ​​old​​ ​​high​​ ​​school​​ ​​student​​ ​​currently​​ ​​undertaking​​ ​​my​​ ​​Advanced​​ ​​Highers.​​ ​​​I​ ​​have​ been​ ​described​​ ​​as​​ ​​a​​ ​​conscientious,​​ ​​hardworking​​ ​​student​​ ​​and​​ I​​ ​​am​​ ​​always​​ ​​keen​​ ​​to​​ ​​undertake​ extra​ ​curricular​​ ​​activities​​ ​​and​​ ​​learn​​ ​​new​​ ​​skills.

I​ ​found​ ​a​ ​real​ ​passion​ ​for​ ​technology​ ​after​ ​taking​ ​part​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Apps​ ​for​ ​Good​ ​course​ ​2014/15 where​ ​you​ ​learn​ ​all​ ​the​ ​key​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​new​ ​product​ ​development,​ ​from​ ​idea​ ​generation, technical​ ​feasibility​ ​and​ ​programming​ ​to​ ​product​ ​design​ ​and​ ​marketing.

It​ ​was​ ​during​ ​this​ ​that​ ​Envirocache​ ​was​ ​born.​ ​My​ ​team​ ​member​ ​Mari-Ann​ ​Ganson​ ​and​ ​I worked​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year​ ​on​ ​the​ ​app​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​the​ ​course.​ We​ ​continued​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the app​ ​after​ ​the​ ​course​ ​and​ ​have​ ​spent​ ​the​ ​last​ ​3​ ​years​ ​developing​ ​and​ ​shaping​ ​it.​ ​Envirocache is​ ​​a​​ ​​mobile app​​ ​that​ ​​will​​ encourage​​ ​​children​​ ​​to​​ ​​get​​ ​​outside​​ ​​and​​ ​​take​​ ​​part​​ ​​in​​ ​​nature treasure​​ ​​hunts.​​ ​​It​​ ​​allows​ ​​children​​ ​​to​​ ​​use​​ ​​technology​​ ​​to become​​ ​​more​​ ​​active,​​ ​​and​​ ​​can​​ ​​be​​ ​​used​​ ​as​​ ​​an​​ ​​educational​​ ​​tool​​ ​​to​​ ​​help​​ ​​them​​ ​​and their​​ ​​families​​ ​​learn​​ ​​more​​ ​​about​​ ​​the​​ ​​nature​​ ​​that​​ ​​surrounds​​ ​​them.

I​ ​have​ ​attended​ ​Outbox​ ​Incubator​ ​where​ ​I​ ​was​​ ​​selected​​ ​​to​​ ​​be​​ ​​an​​ ​​’Outbox​​ ​​Executive’​​ ​​on​​ ​​a​ ​Europe​​ ​​wide​​ ​​Incubator​​ ​​program​​ ​​comprising​​ ​​of​ ​funding,​​ mentoring​​ ​​and​​ ​​support​​ ​​for​​ ​​my​​ ​​startup.​ During​ ​this​ ​I​ ​learnt​​ ​​about​ ​Business​​ ​​Development,​​ ​​Marketing,​​ ​​Product​​ ​​Development​​ ​​&​ Finance.

I’ve previously been invited to speak at the BETT Show 2016 on how to get an equal balance of genders in STEM subjects, and invited on a panel discussing equality in technology at the Sage Summit 2017.

Alongside​ ​working​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Envirocache​ ​app​ ​I​ ​have​ ​been​ ​studying​ ​computing,​ ​developing​ ​my programming​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​working​ ​with​ ​Raspberry​ ​Pi’s.​