Rob wins at the Coolest Project Awards in Dublin

Rob accepts Cool Project award

The Coder Dojo ‘Coolest Project’ awards 2013 took place in Dublin City University during September. The awards are an annual event giving young people involved in Coder Dojo an opportunity to show off their hard work to peers, media and judges in the hope of winning an award. Sponsored by Intel, AIB, FBD and more, the event is attended and judged by…heavy hitters from the industry.

This year, Coder Dojo Armagh was represented by 17 year old Robert Ellis who has been participating and mentoring with us for some time. Robs light bulb moment came when he joined in with the advanced group during a game making session. The group was working with java and it was struggle. Rob decided to develop a games engine that would simplify this process for his peers and allow them to build their own games by using a much simpler process. Titled ‘Robs Game Engine’, Rob wrote a few thousand lines of code in a 2 week period and returned with his prototype which the advanced group then used to build games and develop their Java skills.

Rob entered the Coolest Projects award after a busy summer and attended the ceremony in Dublin. Having made the founders of Coder Dojo and a number of other industry representatives, he presented his project to the judges. After the deliberations, he was announced as the overall winner of the ‘Other’ category having beaten off some tough competition. Rob was awarded with a state of the art Sony laptop along with his award, which he claims is still evolving!

Below: Rob pictured with Coder Dojo co-founder James Whelton

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