Sheffield Youngsters Invited To Showcase Innovative Tech Ideas

Posted: February 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm

Young people are invited to showcase their innovative ideas through Sheffield’s annual digital making competition, Code>Make>Win. The competition, which is run by Sheffield City Council, is open for entries in four categories: Software Apps, Games, Robotics and Animation.

It has successfully unearthed over 100 young people who are actively coding and making across the city since 2015. Local businesses can also get involved by supporting the city’s next generation of tech talent.

Benchmark Recruit have sponsored the competition since 2016. Louisa Harrison-Walker, Managing Director says: “We are delighted to sponsor this inspiring initiative for the second year running, continuing to support the development of young creative and digital talent. Based on the high level of creations from last year’s Code>Make>Win we are expecting great things from the talented pool of young people.”

Last year Benchmark offered a ‘Best Innovation’ prize which went to Jack Underwood, aged 12, from Westfield School, for his app entitled Student Essentials that helps pupils track their homework and includes a translator and measurement convertor.

Other winners included 19-year-old Andrew Deniszczyc, from Sheffield, who is studying at The University of Cambridge, and Maddie Harding, aged 12, from Ecclesall Church of England Junior School.

Andrew took home the Barclay’s sponsored £100 ‘Most Entrepreneurial’ prize for his innovative app LineMap, a website allowing anyone to create beautiful black and white map artwork of their chosen town or city, whilst Maddie won ‘Best Animation’ for her ‘Scratch Cat on Holiday’ animation, the tale of a cat who travels the world taking selfies.

Rob Walker, Programme Manager, Sheffield City Council, says: “Code>Make>Win is very important to us as a city as it promotes and recognises the talent that our young people have in digital. We see this competition as an important part of our developing digital skills landscape. We have a thriving creative digital sector in the city and we also need to bring the opportunities that this brings to the attention of our young people. We are continuing to work with a wide range of partners both inside and outside of Sheffield, to give our young people the best opportunities in a changing world.”

This year Sheffield City Council has worked in collaboration with partners to offer cash prizes of up to £250 for successful entrants. Any 9-19-year-old living in Sheffield can enter the competition. The Early Bird Ideas competition is open until Wednesday 15th February, where there is a £150 prize up for grabs for the best idea.

The main competition for completed projects runs until the 31st May 2017.

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