Whizz-kids enjoy chance to get creative in a night at the museum

Published : 01/08/2012 00:00

Whizz-kids enjoy chance to get creative in a night at the museum

The echoes of the past were replaced by the sound of tapping keyboards at Leeds City Museum this weekend as a special overnight event took place.

Beginning at 10am on Saturday and going through to 2pm on Sunday, almost 200 people of all ages took part in a unique challenge which saw people interested in computer programming, software design, graphic design and application development come together and see what they could create in 28 hours at the museum off Millennium Square.

The largest event of its kind to be held in the north of England, the overnight session was free for anyone aged 14 and over to attend and saw professional programmers and developers working side by side with young people to design and create new digital applications.

At the end of the event, a panel of judges assessed the creations and presented prizes. The overall winners were 13-year-old Harry Merckel and 15-year-old Lewis Hallam, who together with adult developers Adam James and Charles Reynolds created a Breeze mobile event application to notify subscribers via text of events in their area, broken down by age and activity type. For their efforts the pair both won a Raspberry Pi, accessories and Amazon vouchers.

Events like this are gaining in popularity all over the world, especially so in America where they have been inspired by the computer companies based in ‘Silicon Valley’ in California.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“This is the first time young people in Leeds have been able to take part in an event of this type and it was fantastic to see so many people there. Hosting it overnight at Leeds City Museum gave it a really unique feel and the enthusiasm and talent of those attending was really impressive to see.”

The ‘LeedsHack’ was supported by Leeds museums and galleries, Breeze, Breeze International Youth Festival and Leeds Inspired, and was organised by Leeds Hack’s Dom Hodgson.

For more information please visit  www.breezeleeds.org/LeedsHack


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