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UCL Computer Science Coding Curriculum Hackathon 2022 winners announced

9 June 2022

Computer Science MEng student Linta Rahman wins first prize in the 2022 Coding Curriculum Hackathon, a competition to develop inspiring teaching materials for young students and teachers using computer science.

Coding Curriculum Hackathon winners Linta and Abu receiving their award

Linta and her hackathon partner, Abu Bakar Bin Qushem, received an Xbox for their winning tutorial, which presented ways to help people communicate through a speech to text translator.

2nd place went to Yufei Gu, Jiangping Huang, Haocheng Lin and Steve Hong, who developed a Natural Language Processing Learning Package for 12-18 year old students.

Joint 3rd place was awarded to Sibghah Khan, Andzrej Szablewski, Siam Islam, Samuel Emilolorun for MotionInput Version 3 for Raspberry Pi, along with Fawziyah Hussain, Eva Miah for Digital Inking with Pressure Sensitivity using Gesture Recognition.

Winners were decided by a panel from the Alan Turing Institute. 

On winning the competition, Linta said: "It was great to have the chance to inspire young minds to give them a glimpse of what the world of technology awaits them."

What's the Coding Curriculum Hackathon?

The Coding Curriculum Hackathon is a competition which celebrates students' learning by asking them to work in teams of 3 or 4 to develop a Tutorial Package of extraordinary introductory teaching materials.

The aim is for teams to excite and engage young students and teachers, providing them with the educational materials that they develop. 

The winning packages will become part of a growing open source compendium of education materials accessible for all schools as part of schools outreach activities during the summer, in collaboration with the UCL Computer Science Society and Schools Ambassadors programmes that UCL engage with.

Vice-President of the UCL Computer Science Society, Jason Ho, said; "It was really inspiring seeing the work that was put into the submissions by the participants, with some amazing innovation and ideas richly deserving of recognition. I am also grateful for the support of the department and our partners at Microsoft, IBM, and the Alan Turing Institute for AI to make this hackathon a success."

UCL Industry Exchange Network (IXN) Director for Undergraduate Projects (Industry), Professor Dean Mohamedally, said: “this was a great challenge, one that our students took up to demonstrate to the public some of the latest concepts in computer science.

The winners worked hard in a short hackathon timeframe, to exercise their ability to explain their work and outreach to other audiences – highly desirable qualities in future graduates, as well being an inspiration to younger generations now looking for what is possible with computer science."

The next 2023 Coding Curriculum challenge is set for February 2023, with the theme of healthcare and devices. Get your thinking hats on!