An app is rewarding students for staying off their phones during class


From calling and messaging friends and family to scouring memes on social media, there are endless distractions keeping young people glued to their cell phones.

Craig Fernandes is on a mission to change that. "When I was in university, I noticed that a lot of students in class were always on their phones," he says, "and I wanted to do something about that."

Fernandes, 24, is the co-founder and CEO of Lock&Stock, a free app that rewards students for staying off their phones during class. Users collect in-app currency called "keys" -- earning one key for every minute their phone is locked. These keys can be redeemed for prizes, discounts and offers.

Fighting digital addiction

"Lock&Stock was actually launched to help students fight digital addiction," says Fernandes, who is based in Dubai. With more than 100,000 registered users from over 25 countries.
Fernandes says the app has evolved into making education "more accessible and affordable for students."