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Young programmers head to compete in Plymouth

Young programmers head to compete in Plymouth

Twelve local youngsters who have spent the week developing their computer coding skills will head to Plymouth today to pit their skills against the cream of developing talent from across the country. The group have worked as part of the Young Rewired State, Festival of Code, which enables young people to get together, form teams, and design and build apps, websites, games or hardware all based around the Government’s open data.

At the end of the week, the Sheffield group will converge on the University of Plymouth, along with hundreds of other young people from the other regional centres. Over the weekend all the teams will get to present the projects they’ve worked on and winners will be chosen.

The group have spent the week being mentored by Sheffield digital agency Yoomee, along with two student mentors who volunteered to share their skills. Group leader Edward Andrews-Hodgson from Yoomee put it ‘The young people have such a strong work ethic and are really creative, I’m so impressed. They’ve gone from ideas to building so quickly! I didn’t have to do much, I spent the first day helping them get organised, and then they’ve just run with it from there.’ The group are taking nothing for granted, as the standard promises to be high from across the country. They will be pitching a number of ideas, including a project to help you choose your university by choosing photos from around the campuses, an app to warn you of possible dangers in your area, and one to help you find great locations to take photos. Based at the city’s Electric Works, they have also used the building as inspiration, as one participant Joe commented ‘It worked! I’m going to go down the slide.’

So it’s fingers crossed for the Sheffield group, but regardless of prizes, they will all have taken away lots of new skills and friendships from the week. As 17 year old Emma from Doncaster put it, ‘It’s wonderful having people around you who share the same interests. You learn from so much from them!’

More information can be found on the group’s tumblr page http://festivalofcode.tumblr.com/ or on Twitter via @yoomeehq

Andy Mayer, founder of Yoomee, can be contacted on 0114 286 6228.


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