The Alpha Apps
We asked Alpha to join us in this project to help Research & Develop the different ways we could use Augmented Reality applications and test out the latest Web-AR options. We wanted to support aspiring programmers who had roots in Brixton and were Black lead . They grew from a student & teacher partnership in local Brixton school and after winning a string of competitions they decided to form a company!
The AlphaApps is a former teacher/student duo who aim is to look at
new ways of presenting technology, specifically through smartphone
applications. This business began as a school project when (the now
18 years old) Charles Clayton’s form tutor, Sumair Mohammad,
encouraged him to take part in the TeenTech Awards competition. For
this contest the South London developer came up with a concept that
attracted the attention of the CTO of Disney Animations, Nick Cannon,
who agreed to mentor him throughout the process and helped him
with developing this product.
After winning the ‘Future of Music, Media and Entertainment Award’ at
the 2018 TeenTech Awards, as well as receiving praise from the CEOs
of Vodafone and Microsoft UK, Charles knew it was time to turn his
‘school project’ into a real business. The AlphaApps have seen success
after being rated ‘best business presentation’ at both technology
conferences; COMPTIA and The Global Innovation Forum. They were
also invited into Buckingham Palace in 2019 to be congratulated for
their work. Their intention is to inspire other people younger than
them to get involved in technology as they believe this is an
industry that is truly open for all, where the only limitation
is your creativity.
Who are Alpha?
Charles Clayton – CEO
Charles Clayton is an 18 year old developer currently studying Computer Science and Psychology at Ada College (Computer Science College in Tottenham). Born and raised in South London, England, Charles recognises the link between hard work and success. He firmly believes that to achieve extraordinary results, you cannot get there doing ordinary actions. His responsibilities within the team go beyond just managing every member, Charles designs all of the artwork as well as taking a lead in developing many of the games and apps we
Sumair Mohammad – Managing Director
Sumair was the form tutor/Computer Science teacher of Charles. He initially saw potential in him after Charles grew a passion for the project and wanted to tun it into a business. Sumair agreed to help with managing the business and so took on the role to advise Charles. Sumair has been teaching in Brixton since 2015 and has won The Teacher Of The Year Award as well as a Platinum Award for his contributions to STEM education. Sumair manages The AlphaApps’ international relations.
London, United Kingdom. Dubai, United Arab Emirates