Jan 08, 2020

2019 Technovation and SciFest finalists developed a “stress control” app

Three girls from Mount Carmel, a DEIS post-primary school in Dublin 1, are launching a well-being app for their peers. This social enterprise came about from participating in Teen-Turn afterschool programmes at The Digital Hub.

Teens Laura Pietrzak, Amelia Delatowska, and Fathia Alade created the app, uBloom, to deliver “less stress, more success” for their classmates. The free app allows users to set-up reminders for goals that include physical activity, self-love, scheduling and study.

 

The friendly, positive reminders are composed to motivate without applying pressure, prompting easy-to-attain actions like drinking a glass of water, reading aloud a confidence boosting quote, or pausing social media to focus on a school assignment.

 

The girls are currently trialing their app with early adopters, but will make it available on Google Play in early 2020 with an aim to reach 19,000 new users in its first year. They believe that by analysing the frequency and types of reminders requested by users during set-up and use, they can share new insights into the stress triggers of teens with educators and other relevant professionals in order to tackle the mental health epidemic facing their age group. They also are seeking a partner to convert their in-app points system into tangible rewards which would appeal to teens, particularly food, fashion or entertainment.

Teen-Turn Co-Founder, Joanne Dolan, praised the girls’ work. “What Laura, Amelia and Fathia have produced distinguishes itself from the current market in that it reinforces the ‘four pillars’ upon which teen well-being weighs – physical health, mental health, time management and school from a peer perspective and with a design approach that considers teens’ abilities and preferences.”

Teen-Turn addresses, in addition to gender equality in the workplace, economic inclusion for girls from areas where higher education is uncommon by providing hands-on practical experience and mentorship in technology through after school activities and summer work placements.