Sheffield Showcases Young Tech Talent At The Code>Make>Win Awards

Posted: July 14, 2016 at 4:34 pm

July 7 saw a packed celebration of young tech talent at the Workstation in Sheffield.  Winners of the Sheffield City Council sponsored Code>Make>Win competition for young digital makers gathered to receive their awards. In all, over 70 young people aged from 9 to 19 years from across the City entered the competition with ideas or products ranging from apps and games to animations and robots.

Following rigorous judging by industry and business professionals, 16 entries were shortlisted in three categories:

  • Software Apps – including Android, iPhone and Windows apps, games, animations and web sites
  • Physical Computing – including uses of Arduino, Makey Makey, Raspberry Pi and other computing, process control and robotics kits
  • Digital Manufacturing – including products made using such as 3D printing, laser cutting and digital sewing machines

In total, seven first prizes of £75 were awarded plus a special Barclays Bank Entrepreneurial Award and a Benchmark Recruitment Award for Innovation.

Judging Panel

The judging panel was made up of:


Pictured on the judging day, from L to R, Mike Garnock-Jones, Stuart Ambler, Aline Hayes, Ian Ibbotson and Paul Hilton

Aline Hayes, Director of Business Change and Information Solutions, Sheffield Council, one of the judges who also awarded the prizes to competition winners, said, “The Awards event was, genuinely, the highlight of my week – fantastic to see so many kids and their parents engaged and interested in tech.”

Competition judge Paul Hilton, Director of award-winning elearning company Can Studios, said, “At Can Studios, we’ve recognised the value in home-grown skills through graduate schemes and flexible training. By supporting initiatives like Code>Make>Win, Sheffield will reap the benefits of having increasingly talented young people coming into its workforce to help develop its thriving creative industry. I was truly impressed by the range and quality of submission to the Code>Make>Win competition. There was a fantastic turnout for the Awards evening; and with the winning teams bringing their competition entries, it was a wonderfully interactive event.”


Judges at the Awards event, from L to R, Aline Hayes, Paul Hilton, Stuart Ambler.

The Digital Eagles team from Barclays Bank were present at the event and presented a prize for the most Entrepreneurial entry.  Stuart Ambler, Head of the Barclays Digital Eagles team and a competition judge, said, “I really enjoyed been part of the Code Make Win event. I found it to be inspiring and was amazed with the imagination and dedication that was shown by all entrants. It just shows what skills our young people have in Sheffield and I am sure that we will see many of the individuals have a successful career in coding and IT linked roles. Well done to everyone, I’m looking forward to supporting the event again next year.”

Speakers and Exhibitors

The Awards event was opened by Oliver Quinlan from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, who said, “It is great to be at the culmination of such a great initiative and to see such opportunities for young people. Sheffield is buzzing!”


Professor Tony Prescott, University of Sheffield and Head of Sheffield Robotics, together with colleague Dr Michael Szollosy, also from University of Sheffield and part of the Sheffield Robotics team, entertained the audience with Nao the robot and Milo the robot dog.


Pictured at the Awards event, from L to R, Tony Prescott, Michael Szollosy.

Mike Garnock-Jones, Service Manager for Strategy, Skills and Enterprise, Sheffield Council, who hosted the awards commented, “The opportunity to present prizes to our digital competition winners and to celebrate students’ involvement in our CAFÉ project, alongside the digital demonstrations, made this event truly inspirational.”


Exhibitors included Sheffield Hallam University, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park (specialising in Computing), The Sheffield College, Barclays Digital Eagles and Benchmark Recruitment, together with five of the entrants to the competition:

  • Jack Underwood, Student Essentials App
  • Malin Bridge Code Club, Morse Code Communicator and Raspberry pi CCCTV
  • Andrew Deniszczyc, LineMap
  • Jonathan Andrew-James, Minecraft_Pi_LIDAR_ Importer
  • Tom Benn, SmartShoe


12-year-old Jack Underwood won the Innovation award from Benchmark Recruitment for his app, Student Essentials. The app helps students in the classroom and includes a Homework Tracker, Measurement Converter, Translator, Notepad, QR Code Scanner and much more. Ellis Ridge, Senior Consultant at Benchmark presented the award and said, “At Benchmark we work closely with the IT & Creative industries in Sheffield and were delighted to see such talent coming through in the next generation, as at present we are experiencing a real skills shortage. I was proud to present the award to Jack as it reflects a great ingenuity – if he is already creating this at 12 I think he’s certainly one to watch in the future.”


19-year-old Andrew Deniszczyc was awarded the Barclays Entrepeneurial prize for his project, LineMap. Stuart commented, “It was great that Barclays was able to support the event and look at awarding £100 vouchers for the most Entrepreneurial entrant. I was amazed by Andrew and his business idea LineMap. It is a unique idea. and I’m impressed with how professional and well put together the website is and how he is already selling prints. I would like to wish Andrew all the success in the future and I’m sure that he will grow his idea further. Well done!”

Andrew Deniszczyc, winner of the Barclays Entrepreneur prize

A prize was also awarded for best use of Raspberry Pi, won by the Malin Bridge Code Club . The club created two exciting projects, a Morse Code Communicator and a Raspberry Pi CCTV system.


You can now register your interest for CODE>MAKE>WIN 2017, and be the first to hear updates on the competition by signing up to our mailing list.


9-11 Category


Scratch Cat on Holiday – Maddie Jane Harding – 1st Prize (£75)


Run or Fight – Oliver Sibbald – Runner Up (£10)



Space – Sami Walayat – 1st Prize (£75)


Wybourn Games Arcade – Wybourn Primary (£10)


Physical Computing

Raspberry Pi CCTV – Malin Bridge Code Club – 1st Prize (£75) + Best project using Raspberry Pi (£50)


MCC (Morse Code) – Malin Bridge Code Club (£10)



12-16 Category

Physical Computing

Avoid Bot – Dominic Barter – 1st Prize (£75)


Zurvive (Zombie Game) – Adnaan Walayat – 1st Prize (£75)


Student Essentials – Jack Underwood (£10) + Benchmark Innovation Prize

Scoped – Jack Underwood (£10)


Raspberry Pi Lidar – UTC Sheffield (£10)


Beefpuff – Anas Aldabagh (£10)


Zombies – Leon Lowe (£10)


17-19 Category

Physical Computing

Smart Shoe – Tom Benn – 1st Prize (£75)


Line Map – Andrew Deniszczyc – 1st Prize (£75) + Barclays Entrepreneur Prize (£100)


Andrew Deniszczyc, winner of the Barclays Entrepreneur prize

Tromper – Silverdale School (£10)




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