Sheffield’s Young Digital Maker Wins Top Award

Posted: July 21, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Pictured Adnaan Walayat, from Silverdale School, overall winner of the Code, Make, Win competition 2015.

At just 14 years old, Adnaan Walayat of Silverdale School has become the first overall winner of the first Sheffield Young Digital Makers Competition, Code Make Win.

Adnaan was awarded his top prize of £100 at the Awards event held at The Hubs, Sheffield Hallam University’s Student Union, with an enthusiastic audience of other young people who had entered the competition together with parents and supporting teachers. In all 40 young people entered from age 10-17 years old.  After submitting early bird ideas, entrants then went on to enter products in three categories – software apps, physical computing and digital manufacturing.

Adnaan created a game called ‘Demon Dungeons’ and impressed the judges with his fully-realised graphics and detailed source code. He also created a YouTube video which walks viewers through the game.

Runner-up 17-year-old Harvey Morton from Meadowhead School Academy Trust created an app to help with school information and third-place winner Christian Marriatt from Ecclesfield School won the judges over with a music-chord finder app.

The judging panel was made up of industry professionals from Sheffield’s thriving IT and Digital Sector, including Ian Ibbotson of Knowledge Integration, Nick Jeans of Sero Consulting, Dan Moat of Tahninial and Andy Meyer of Yoomee.

Category winners included girls and boys from as young as 10-years-old, such as Jakub Marek from Malin Bridge Code Club who designed a fully-functioning three-wheel electric car and Lily Newall, Bethany Kempton and Declan O’Donnell from Wybourn Community Primary School with their mountain hunter game.

Linda Broughton, regional co-ordinator of the national Code Club programme, which runs coding clubs in primary schools, introduced the Awards and Claire Gowler, a programmer from Sheffield company Yoomee, encouraged young digital makers to think big.  Representatives also attended from Sheffield Hallam University’s Computing Department.

The competition was sponsored by Sheffield City Council and prizes were donated by local electronics specialist Maplins who promoted the competition and were also present at the Awards.

Mike Garnock-Jones from Sheffield City Council’s Lifelong Learning and Skills team who sponsored the Awards, commented, “Digital makers are part of Sheffield’s future. This is the first step to identifying who are the young digital makers around Sheffield who are coding and making digital products, either in school or at home, so that we can encourage and support them.  It’s been a great success and this pilot will be a spring board for taking Code Make Win forward.”

Mike Garnock-Jones Service Manager: Strategy, Skills and Enterprise  

mike.garnock-jones@sheffield.gov.uk  07891 999 505

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