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PhoneBrain launch their free national competition for 11-19s!

PhoneBrain is calling on young people aged 11-19 to enter the digital economy with a phone-paid service. This free national competition closes on Monday 17 December. 

Phone-paid services, including many mobile apps, are big money makers – not just for companies but for charities too. These are services that make money by charging the cost to a phone bill or phone credit. This could be anything from charity donations to voting for your favourite singer on a TV show.

They are looking for ideas for a phone-paid service (which could be an app) that can send a charge to your bill or pre-pay account. There are awards in the following categories:

  • Make a Change award, Live UnLtd: Live UnLtd, the social entrepreneurship organisation for young people, is once again supporting the PhoneBrain award for the best idea for a phone-paid service, including apps, that can make a change for the better in the world we live in. Win an UnLtd cash award worth up to £1,000 and support from a Development Manager in your area to help you take your first steps in developing your idea.
  • Enterprise award, StartUpBritain: PhoneBrain has teamed up with StartUp Britain, the national campaign for entrepreneurship, to find the most entrepreneurial ideas for a phone-paid service, including apps. The best ideas will win a support package including laptops and business mentoring.
  • The Lord's Taverners Get Playing Sport award: Inspired by London 2012, youth cricket and disability sports charity The Lord's Taverners is challenging you to come up with a phone-paid idea, including apps, to get more young people playing sport. You could win £500 plus the chance to meet a sporting hero.

Winners in each award categories could also win:

  • Techie award, BlackBerry. Research In Motion, the company behind the BlackBerry solution is offering the opportunity for the team with the best technical design for an app in any of the award categories to come to their European headquarters in Slough and gain a unique insight into the world of mobile technology.

For more information about the awards see http://teachers.phonebrain.org.uk/competition/

Who is running this competition?

PhonepayPlus are the regulators of premium rate services, a way of charging users through their phone bill, for example, using 0871 numbers, text voting competitions and some mobile apps. They created the PhoneBrain website to educate young people about the risks of premium rate numbers, and encourage the positive use of premium rate services for entrepreneurship. The PhoneBrain website includes resources for teachers, youth club leaders and children and young people.