Tameside Hack is one of the most exciting youth projects of the calendar, giving young people the chance to boost their CVs and develop practical experience of the digital industry.
The project was launched by Tameside Council In August 2016 and has been gaining momentum each year since.
Based in Tameside College for a second consecutive year, the event saw the hackers work in small teams and take on challenges set by local the businesses who sponsored the event.
These varied challenges included developing a relaxation app; how to make use of data to improve daily life; devising ways to use a drone to aid the emergency services; looking at how to prevent cyber bullying and ways using digital technology to reduce corporate waste.
There were prizes for the best team taking part in each task, but the overall winners taking home the Best in Show award were Team Sidewinder Cookie who developed a very ambitious intelligent shopping website.
The event was sponsored by Willmott Dixon, Purple, Brother UK, Code Nation, Avecto and Manchester Digital; while seasoned mentors with years of industry experience were on hand to provide support and advice when needed.
As one of the most pioneering events in the area, Tameside Hack is closing the digital skills gap by improving and informing the supply of talent to all sectors of industry.
While women make up only 11% of the engineering and technical workforce , a third of the hackers attending were female.
But the long-term prize is potentially huge as in five years’ time they could land well-paid developer jobs, and within ten years these hackers could found the next Google or Amazon in Tameside.
Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “We are committed to ensuring that young people in Tameside are equipped with the skills they need to thrive in the modern economy. By holding regular events like the Tameside Hack we are helping to nurture and grow the borough’s digital future for the next generation.
“The creativity of the young people taking part has been exceptional. They’re developing apps, websites, new software and innovative, marketable solutions to the challenges set and the scale of the ambition from the students’ projects has been nothing short of inspiring.
“I would like to thank all the mentors and volunteers for giving up their time to help and support all the young people who took part.”