Digital Jersey's weekend uHack event shows how well young Islanders are taking to the challenge of the digital future, says Ogier banking and tech lawyer Steven Meacher who was a judge at the event.
Steve, who was on a panel of judges along with Education Minister Rod Bryans for the event, said that he was impressed not just by the energy and creativity of the coders, but also by their technical expertise.
uHack is Jersey's only youth hackathon – the weekend's event which ran from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon had no theme, so participants were free to work and collaborate on any project that they wanted.
Steve said: "People always talk about the enthusiasm of young coders, but what struck me was the level of technical expertise and fluency of what they were doing."
It’s a great sign for Jersey as a centre of technology if these kinds of skills are being developed at a young age. With all the talk about the gender divide in the tech and coding community, it was also great to see that the event was won by Greta, an 11-year-old girl, who came up with a game that utilised "micro-bit technology" which was elegant in its design, instantly appealing and immediately playable.
"We are seeing huge interest in the intersection between the legal and tech sectors in our work, and what's important for Jersey moving forward is the key piece of infrastructure, the future technical skillbase, and events like this showcase it in the best possible way."