Generation Code Challenge Winners 2017

Young people from across the UK have been battling it out to come up with the best new app ideas to tackle a social issue in their community as part of the Generation Code Challenge. The competition, run in partnership with UK Youth and Microsoft, asked young people to work together to design a new app idea that will tackle a social issue that they have identified in their community.

Young people who submitted their ideas had previously taken part in UK Youth’s programme Generation Code, which provides coding training and resources to youth workers and young people across the country. The programme opens up the world of coding and inspires future career and education choices by showcasing the increasing opportunities available in a digital world. Over 9,000 young people took part in Generation Code in 2016/17, almost half of which had never coded before! After being inspired by their Generation Code training, young people across the country put their new skills into practice and entered The Generation Code Challenge.

The standard of entries for The Generation Code Challenge was exceptionally high and it was a tough job selecting our final regional and national winners, but here they are!

National winners were awarded with technology and funding and all regional winners were awarded with funding to continue and develop their coding activities in their youth clubs!


We are pleased to announce: 


National Winner:

Organisation:             Splat, Wales

App idea:                   Gudeed

An app which encourages young people to do good deeds. Featuring a virtual town which initially only includes just one house, the young people complete a piece of social action or ‘gudeed’ in their local community, upload their activity, get achievements and unlock new levels to develop their virtual town and community! 


National Runner-Up:

Organisation:              Medway Youth Service, Kent

App idea:                    The Mystery of History  

An app which encourages young people to visit their local heritage sites and inspires them to discover more about their communities’ history. The quiz style app allows young people to compete against their friends, to visit and know the most about their local heritage sites, making learning about their local community more fun. 


Regional Winners:

Organisation:             Concorde Youth Project, Hackney, London

App idea:                   Uber Support

An app that locates your local services can help the community, for example health care providers and youth clubs. It aims to direct people to support, help and advice as necessary.


Organisation:              Wigan Youth Zone, Wigan

App idea:                   Youth Access

An app that directs young people to online information on important topics which they may otherwise feel too embarrassed to talk about, for example sexual health, drugs and mental health.


Organisation:             Young Kent, Kent

App idea:                   Parks

An app that matches the equipment you have, for example a football, to local recreational spaces. It also suggests different outdoor activities that you can get involved in and links you up with others who want to get involved! Young people will become more active and create better relationships with their community.


Organisation:             Youth Almighty, Sunderland 

App idea:                   Waste Not, Want Not

An app where supermarkets can upload information on food which is about to go out of date which can then be picked up by local community centres and foodbanks. The app will help reduce food waste and get food to those most in need.


Organisation:             Safe 4 Us, Teeside 

App idea:                   Sticky Situations

An app which uses an animated and interactive online comic to teach young people about a range of issues. A young person controls their very own character to explore different real-life scenarios, e.g. e-safety and write their own story!


Organisation:             MAIN Youth Group, Teeside

App idea:                   Science Games App

An app that makes learning maths and physics fun! Through a range of fun games, young people complete different levels and earn points to gain vouchers to spend on the apps online store!


Organisation:             YMCA Cardiff 

App idea:                   Fitlock

An app that locks access to your phone unless you do complete some fitness, for example 10 star jumps to check your friends’ latest Instagram posts! The app recognises that young people are always on their phones and encourages them to improve their fitness.


Organisation:             Christchurch Activities for Young People, Christchurch

App idea:                  Various

Christchurch Activities for Young People came up with so many great app ideas that we couldn’t select just one! From apps that address mental health issues with young people to matching spare rooms to local homeless people to provide them with temporary accommodation, they clearly showed digital innovation in tackling issues in their local community.


Speaking about the Generation Code Challenge, Medway Youth Service said ‘The course was really fun to take part in and we are so happy we had the opportunity to enter the competition.  We are so pleased be national runners-up’


Congratulations to all of the Generation Code Challenge winners and we hope that you have been inspired to stay connected and get creative with code!

If you want to find out more about Generation Code, please get in touch with Sarah Parkes at UK Youth at



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