Where were you in the second week of the summer holidays? Probably not having as much fun as the children and teenagers from across London who signed up for Festival of Code 2016. Held over four days at Wapping High, it culminated in an award ceremony with prizes that included flexi keyboards, remote control helicopters and even a top award of lunch at Google London headquarters.
Most Elegant Code
1st Prize - Rollers for "Roll"
Runners up - Basil & Thyme, Yamin, Elden
Most Interesting Idea
1st Prize - The Creators Inc for "Pocket Detector"
Runners up - Book-King, Ismael
Most Beautiful Design
1st Prize - RE.AL for "RE.AL Workout"
Runners up - Luky Puky, Batman & Superman, Victor
Judges Special Award
The Techies for "Track-A-Toilet"
The Festival challenges participants to use their coding skills to invent and build the best possible computer programs, computer games and websites. Working in teams, with industry mentors to help and support them, the different age groups combined their technical skills with the power of open data to come up with everything from simple animations to ideas to solve real-world problems and improve communities.
Festival of Code is usually a national event but took a break this year till 2017, making Wapping High's event even more special, and attracting more than 20 industry mentors, freelances and startup developers, as well as teams from the global financial services firm Morgan Stanley, the Whitechapel Gallery (who helped students with their presentations), collaborative software company Huddle, and open-source software specialists Women Who Hack for Non-Profits.
In the coming year Wapping High’s Computer Club hopes to be offering more opportunities for children, both at the school and elsewhere, to improve their coding. Festival of Code 2016 was such a success that we plan to run it again next year.