Meet Techies Finalist – Félix Hennis

By Anita Jaynes on 27 October, 2021

It’s not long until The Business Exchange hosts its annual technology awards for Swindon and Wiltshire, The Techies, on Thursday 4th November.

Ahead of awards night we spoke to Félix Hennis, a student from New College, Swindon, who is a finalist in the Future Tech Superstar award category sponsored by Ntegra. This award celebrates under 25-year-olds demonstrating a clear passion and dedication to the tech sector.

Félix’s entry focuses on the idea for an app to support children with autism.

Entitled ‘The Quiet Zone’, the app would include games, sounds and visuals to help children with autism and their parents. The idea also includes a home-to-school feature to support teachers with common signs that a child is going into overload.

Félix came up with the app idea having seen first-hand the struggles autistic children face, as he has an autistic sister. Félix’s dream is to make the app a reality.

How does it feel to be a finalist?

Being selected as one of the finalists feels surreal and I’m so excited to find out the winner for the Future Tech Superstar award. I really wish the best of luck to the other finalists. 

What would winning a Techie Award mean to you?

Receiving a Techie award would mean so much. I entered this competition as I wanted to put forward an idea that I believe would make a great difference to people’s lives and give support to the those who need it. 

How are you sharing the news with your networks?

My college, the people who actually told me about the award, have all shown me a lot of support. Once they found out I was a finalist they asked to interview me and put it in the school’s newspaper and have helped me through the process. 

On awards night Félix is up against, Ed Knight of Cervus Defence, James Worville, Blue Frontier, Rhys Francis Hill, SupportWise and Sasha Bird of Black Nova. To see the full list of Techies 2021 finalists click here. 

To find out more about the Techies Awards Swindon and Wiltshire click here. And to get your tickets for the virtual awards night go to: the-techies-sw.co.uk/awards-night/

The Techies headline sponsor is the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP). Find out more about the SWLEP here.