Tech team takes away the top honours

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A TEAM of tech wizards has won a programming competition by developing a website to help young people gain skills.

Following a study to dispel the myth that youngsters from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are less ambitious, the team from Sunderland – Team YouCan! – created a website where young people can log on and choose an opportunity based on their interests and the skills they would like to develop.

The concept was brought to life during a 30-hour hackathon, which took place at Sunderland Software City.

Adam Hill, one of the team members, said: “The event joined technology and society to create something beneficial to others. We had so much fun in the process.

“The website encourages users to input their details and matches them to local organisations and with 13 different categories – there’s a lot to choose from.”

YouCan! was one of five teams across the UK to compete in the hackathon.