Representatives of C5 Alliance were invited to the sectoral visit of the British-Irish Council to Guernsey last week to speak to ministers about a free community project to help tackle marine pollution in the island.
Speaking to ministers, representatives of the largest technology company in the Channel Islands, including head of project delivery Jonathon Le Noury, consultant Matthew Champion and bursary student Daniel Wainwright, explained the concept of a new app that will track the distribution of marine plastic along the coastline by gamifying collection via an app.
The Council is made up of members of sovereign governments, devolved institutions and Crown Dependencies. Marine pollution was a key topic on the agenda of the visit with many ideas shared by locations that have looked to tackle the issue.
Mr Le Noury said: “Talking to ministers was a fantastic opportunity for C5 and many took a real interest in finding out how the app will work to combat marine pollution.
“It was a real honour to be able to attend the summit as it is relatively unheard of for commercial enterprises to attend these events.”
The app will be developed by four C5 bursary students along with an intern of the Discover Digital Internship programme run by the Digital Greenhouse.
The students will have six weeks to develop the app into a viable product which islanders will be able to download.
With input from the public the app will ultimately help to combat the issue of rubbish washed up on Guernsey’s shores by encouraging people to collect and track the trash.
C5 Alliance is committed to investing in local students who have an interest in pursuing a career in the technology sector and understands the importance of nurturing innovation.
The project will allow the students to develop their digital problem solving skills and give them a sense of working in the tech industry.
Mr Wainwright said: “I’m very excited to start building the track trash app. It’s got a great game element and I hope it will be popular among islanders.
“Pollution is such an important topic at the moment so it’s rewarding to be able to build something for the community that will have a positive impact.”