New College Swindon Digital T Level Student Fe'lix Hennis Shortlisted for Tech Award

27 Oct 2021

New College Swindon T Level Digital Production, Design and Development student Fe’lix Hennis has been shortlisted as a finalist under the category 'Future Tech Superstar' in The Techies Awards 2021


The Techies Awards are The Business Exchange’s technology awards for Swindon and Wiltshire. New College student Fe’lix was encouraged by lecturers to submit the idea for The Techies Awards and has been successful in being one of five shortlisted for the “Future Tech Superstar” category. Award organisers praised the achievement, stating “competition was fierce with lots of debate from the judges before our final cut could be announced.”

As well as having a vested interest in the project, Fe'lix’s passion to make the app a reality came to fruition after completing some work experience with Microsoft and being inspired to study the Digital Production, Design and Development T Level at New College.

When asking Fe’lix about the inspiration for their idea, they said:

“I noticed that there is a lack of communication between schools and homeschoolers to help support the children’s needs. Having two younger sisters who are both heavily autistic, I’ve seen the struggles first hand. I wanted to come up with an app that would help support my younger siblings, and others who have autism, become more independent in future life.

The whole experience has honestly been great and actually being shortlisted for the Future Tech Superstar has been amazing. It’s been fantastic to see my idea get as far as it has! I want to develop the app further and see how it can benefit everyone with grounding techniques when things get overwhelming.

I’m really enjoying the coding and physical aspect of my course as I want to go into software design and development once I finish college. I like coming up with an idea and being able to actually put it into practice. I really wanted to do the T Level because if I couldn’t find a company to help develop my app, I wanted to be able to have the skills to do it myself”.

The Techies Awards 2021 are taking place virtually on Thursday 4th November from 7-9pm. Anyone can sign up to attend and tickets are now on sale via the Techies website.

To find out more about T Level courses at New College, visit the T Level page on the New College website.

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