If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll know that I was asked to judge this year’s CODE>MAKE>WIN competition.

CODE>MAKE>WIN encourages young people aged 9-19 to get involved in coding and digital making projects – skills that are becoming more and more important in today’s workplace. Young people can submit any digital project for the CODE>MAKE>WIN awards, from mobile apps, to robotics projects, right through to digitally-manufactured products.

This year’s event was a huge success, with over 70 entries! As a local digital business, it’s always exciting to see so many talented young people with the skills Sheffield’s thriving creative and digital sector needs.

The entries were divided into different age brackets, and then the judging panel had the tricky task of picking a winner in each category.

I gave out the awards for the ages 9-11 category, which included some fantastic entries, but after much deliberation, the winning entries were:

  • Animation. Maddie Harding. ‘Scratch Cat on Holiday.’ A scratch-based animation where a cat travels the world, taking selfies along the way.
  • App. Sami Walayat. ‘Space Adventure.’ An online space simulator game that gives players the opportunity to walk around inside and outside a space station as it orbits Jupiter.
  • Physical computing. Aiden McGinnis, Lily Franklin and Jakub Marek. ‘Raspberry Pi CCTV.’ This project consists of a motion sensor that activates a camera whenever someone walks by. The light dependent resistor senses the light level, and automatically switches to infrared when it gets dark.

In total, seven first prizes of £75 were awarded, plus this year there were two special awards: the Benchmark Recruitment Award for Innovation, and the Barclays Bank Entrepreneurial Award.

Also taking home prizes, were:

Ages 12-16

  • Benchmark Innovation Prize. Jack Underwood.
  • App. Adnaan Walayat.
  • Physical computing. Dominic Barter.

Ages 17-19

  • Physical computing. Tom Benn.
  • App. Andrew Deniszczyc.

Congratulations to all the winners, but also to everyone who entered! We saw so many fantastic entries that it was difficult to narrow them down to just a few winners and runners-up.

You can learn more about CODE>MAKE>WIN at their website. If you want to keep up to date on all CODE>MAKE>WIN news – including when you can start submitting projects for next year’s competition – make sure you follow them on Twitter.