17 July 2017

London, UK – 17 July 2017: KYOCERA Document Solutions, one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, has announced a team of students from Fife College as the winner of its first ever KYOCodes schools coding competition.

With a score of 129/150, and a unanimous decision from the judges that the app they created was the most impressive, Fife College’s entry, designed by second year students Keir Nellyer, Liam Dales and Jack Vincent, came out on top. Their working design combined scanning with social media.

The coding challenge, open to all education establishments in the Fujitsu Education Ambassador Programme, was designed to help find the app developers of tomorrow.

Launched at the Bett Show in January, entrants were tasked with designing a brand new app for KYOCERA’s suite of application software, powered by HyPAS. The winning app needed to meet a real business need and challenge. KYOCERA received entries from 22 schools and colleges across the UK. 

Shortlisted entrants were invited to KYOCERA’s UK headquarters in Reading to present their working app to a line up of industry judges. SI Account Manager Leonard Sim and HyPAS Developer Abdul Kamavi from KYOCERA were joined by Senior Education Advisor Nick Jones, Katherine Rogerson, Education Sales Specialist at Fujitsu and Stuart Walker, Intel’s Head of Education, to crown the winner.

Prizes for the winning team, worth around £4000, included an ECOSYS 2640idw multifunctional printer, MakerBot Replicator Mini+ 3D printer and accreditation as an approved KYOCERA app developer.

London-based South Bank UTC’s team, made up of students Kacper Gill, Shaquille Osbourn and Lewis Eldward, finished in second position with an impressive 104 points and went home with an ECOSYS 2640idw multifunctional printer and MakerBot Mini+ 3D printer, thanks to their idea of an app that helps to control plagiarism. 

Matthew Messer, Liam Wakley and David Cox from South Devon College finished in third place with 98 points, due to their stellar pastoral care app, and took home a prize of an ECOSYS 2640idw multifunctional printer.

Leonard Sim, SI Account Manager at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK said: “We were bowled over by the standard of entries - each one showed a level of thought and application that we simply weren’t expecting. Seeing the skills and the unique approved app developer certificate that each individual has obtained over the competition has been very rewarding.

“Keir, Liam and Jack were incredibly professional from start to finish. But most importantly, they presented us with a well thought through and developed app that worked and addressed a real business need. Challenges like this showcase exactly how industry and the education sector can work together - this competition replicated the real world, developing students’ project management, organisation and selling on top of their technical skills.”

Student Liam Dales said: “We’re over the moon that the judges chose our app. It was such a great moment when we tested our idea and it actually worked, as previous prototypes hadn’t been so successful, so we had to try a few different approaches to help bring our idea to life.” 

Jack Vincent said: “We all study software development at college and did this challenge alongside our second year of study and assessment, which wasn’t always easy and definitely helped build on our time management skills. While our course gives us the technical skills, it was really useful - and fun - to actually learn how to market and present products.”

Keir Nellyer added: “I’ve been interested in programming from a young age, and Java in particular. This definitely helped expand our technical skills and learn a new environment, outside of what we’re used to.”

In September, Keir will be starting an apprenticeship in software development with scheduling software company Airts based in Edinburgh, while Liam and Jack will be heading to university to study software development further.

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