News Labs and Coding Brum at Birmingham Digital Week

The BBC, along with partner Coding Brum, hosted a weekend hack as part of Birmingham Digital Week 2015.

Coding Brum is a local group that gathers monthly in Birmingham, open to students 19 and younger, focused on getting teens involved in tech and digital media.

They spent two days brainstorming and developing prototypes along with experts from the BBC and local technology companies. The News Labs’ Jacqui Maher was on hand to judge the winners in two main categories:

  • Serving the local Birmingham area,
  • And Mother’s Day, which happened to fall on the last day of the event.

winners birmingham

The attendees came up with some wonderful ideas! The best hack for Birmingham was an app letting you explore the history of places around you.

The teams also created recommendation engines to help kids get their mums the best Mother’s Day presents, quizzes to learn mathematics and an animated interactive game having fun with the idea of creating the ideal child – complete with easter egg hidden jokes.