East Ham IT student picks up £7,000 for helping learner drivers

left to right: Milady Capitan, Ellen Kerr and Jessie Johns.

left to right: Milady Capitan, Ellen Kerr and Jessie Johns. - Credit: Archant

Student Jessie Johns and a classmate have scooped £7,000 after impressing with their app design.

The 18-year-old, from East Ham, won the Be My App UK competition with Milady Capitan for their Learning Tom smart phone app prototype, designed to cut the cost of driving lessons and car insurance premiums.

Jessie, who attends Barking and Dagenham College, said creating applications is something she wants to continue to do.

She said: “We came up with this idea because we are of that age when we can start driving and realised how expensive it is to get lesons, a car and insurance.

“Although we did not really know we would end up creating an app, we just entered a few different competitions through the college, so it’s good that it came about.”


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The students, who study for a BTEC extended diploma in IT, used driver performance data to allow future drivers to learn the basics before getting behind the wheel.

The application works with leading insurance companies across Europe to offer LINK 100 data as evidence to secure lower insurance premiums for drivers.

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They were tutored by Ellen Kerr.

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