Winner announced for Appsolute Genius competition
boy from Hampshire has this week been announced as the winner of the CBBC Appsolute Genius competition to design a game that will be turned into a free app by Aardman’s digital experts and released across the UK next year. Alex, 12, won with his Escargot Escape Artistes game that the judges said was humorous, exciting and showed a great imagination.
The competition was open to 6-12-year-olds and judging took place at Buckingham Palace by a panel chaired by The Duke of York, who is involved in a number of initiatives to support young people developing digital skills, including iDEA, TeenTech and Code Club.
The competition – which forms part of the BBC’s Make it Digital initiative to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology – ran alongside TV series, Appsolute Genius with Dick and Dom, in which CBBC stars Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood discover the geniuses whose ideas, creations and discoveries have shaped the world of coding, computer programming and gaming. The pair made a surprise visit to Alex’s home to give him the news that he had won the competition.
Alex, who wants to be a games designer when he is older, says he is still in a state of shock at his win and hasn’t stopped smiling since he found out: “Dick and Dom turning up at the house was amazing and they were incredibly funny and kind to me as were all the CBBC crew. I am so excited about helping to design my app because it will help me so much in my future game design career.”
Judges included Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC; Alice Taylor, Founder/CEO of MakieLab and Digital Games expert; Divinia Knowles COO/CFO of Mind Candy, creators of Moshi Monsters; Jake Manion Digital Creative Director at Aardman Animations; Joseph Garrett, AKA Stampy, Minecraft commentator and YouTube sensation; and Peter Vesterbacka, game developer and the former Chief Marketing Officer of Rovio, who played a central role in creating the Angry Birds phenomenon.
Alex, whose win was announced on Newsround on Wednesday, will now be involved in the process of developing his game into an actual app working with CBBC and Aardman Animations to be filmed for a special Appsolute Genius with Dick and Dom programme to be shown in March 2015.