It’s 7.30 pm on a Friday night, but the lights are still on in the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The rooms are full of people and there are a lot of empty pizza boxes on the table, for tonight is no ordinary Friday: people are here to view the finished prototypes produced during the CYP IAPT hackathon, hosted by the London and South East CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative and Founders and Coders. Welcome to the final night of the CYP IAPT hackathon!
By the end of the evening, the judging panel, which includes the Mayor of Camden, young people and clinicians, will decide which two products will be taken forward for further development into a fully functioning, open source app designed to benefit children and young people’s mental health.
For two weeks now, the teams have been honing the product and collating feedback ready for tonight. There are four ideas pitched to the panel:
- Participation app: a mobile focused web application that allows a young person to evaluate their current participation levels .
- Formulate: a clinical formulation tool which presents a graphical representation of the formulation broken down into symptoms, causal factors and treatments to help the clinicians see these connections more clearly.
- Face it: a game designed for young people with ASD to practice recognising emotions. The user is shown a face and asked to identify the emotion on display. Their choice is then compared to that made by the Microsoft Facial Emotion API.
- Breathe with Me: an animated app for children age 10-14, designed to help reduce anxiety by teaching users deep breathing techniques. Users are instructed on how to breathe from the diaphragm and to sync their breath to the animated cat.
Each team present their prototype and the audience is invited to vote for their favourite. All of the apps get chosen as winners, and such support gives some indication of the excellent work in the room and the difficulty for the judging panel to select just two winning ideas to go forward!
After what looks like some intense deliberation, the panel emerges and the Mayor of Camden, Nadia Shah, announces the winners: Face it and Breathe with Me.
Face it is a game designed for young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder to practice recognising emotions, using the Microsoft Facial Emotion API.
Breathe with Me is an animated app for children age 10-14, designed to help reduce anxiety by teaching users deep breathing techniques.
Founder & Coders begin developing the prototypes on October 4th, and the products will launch at the end of October via the London and South East Learning Collaborative website.Watch this space!