2013 Award

Winner 2013

Manchester Metropolitan University with James Mcavady, BSc Web Development

Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchester Metropolitan University

The judges said

The winner here came up with a simple idea - to help web designers choose colours for the sites they're working on. Then he executed it in a clear, easy-to-use-format. There can be no greater praise than that one judge said: “That's brilliant. I'd use that.”

Entrant's description

James is one of those students we all love. Besides his coursework, James is busy creating a portfolio of his 'side projects', all of which show his passion for web development. Unlike many of our students who's focus is on front-end development, James likes to stretch his programming talents to the max. The project submitted is a tool James has developed and coded for himself to help him to try and test a variety of colour schemes for his latest designs.

Commended

University of Central Lancashire with Richard Teahan, BA(Hons) Digital Graphics

University of Central Lancashire

Entrant's description

The Junior Vets game allows the CBBCers to dive online and play a fun authentic game that reflects and extends the TV series. Kids develop their diagnostic skills to help a range of animals from general pets, through farm, to more exotic Zoo creatures. Once diagnosed, perhaps with help from our online Vet and show presenter, players use a range of treatments to help their selected animal. Treatments range from simple parasite extraction, or object removal (mid those sharp edges) to more complex laser surgery and stitching. With over 300 cases to treat the game could take months to complete.

2013 Shortlist

  • Manchester Metropolitan University with James Mcavady, BSc Web Development
  • University of Central Lancashire with Richard Teahan, BA(Hons) Digital Graphics

Criteria

An entry must be a digital artefact - such as a website, mobile application or animation. Submissions should demonstrate creativity or technical ingenuity in the design or creation of the artefact.

Entries are welcomed from any further or higher educational institution up to a maximum of one for any one course. Each entry can be the work of a single student chosen by the institution from individual entries by different students, or it can be a collaborative work involving a number of students. The work should have been completed by students while studying at the institution as part of their course work at some time between April 2011 and March 2012.

Award History

Winner 2012

Manchester Metropolitan University with Michael Stephens - Computer Science

Manchester Metropolitan UniversityManchester Metropolitan University

The judges said

This was one of the hardest categories to judge this year, but after much deliberation the judges went for Michael Stephens' work on how context awareness can increase the security of systems without compromising their usability. They felt the video explained the key concepts simply and succinctly, setting them in a real-world context to make them easy to understand.

Entrant's description

A short animation and video compilation that illustrates the content of a final year project from the department of Computing & Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University. The project investigated context awareness and how it could be used in the authentication process to increase security without compromising usability. The animations purpose is to communicate the concepts and processes that were used in the solution. These were ideas that would have otherwise been difficult to explain concisely using more traditional types of media.

Shortlist 2012

  • Manchester Metropolitan University with Chris Saggerson
  • Manchester Metropolitan University with Michael Stephens - Computer Science
  • Newcastle University with Efthymios (Euthyme) Ziogas, David Simkin, Stephen Cathcart, Danny Kemp
  • University of Huddersfield with James Lashmar
  • University of Manchester with Luke Torjussen

2012 Criteria

An entry must be a digital artefact - such as a website, mobile application or animation. Submissions should demonstrate creativity or technical ingenuity in the design or creation of the artefact.

Entries are welcomed from any further or higher educational institution up to a maximum of one for any one course. Each entry can be the work of a single student chosen by the institution from individual entries by different students, or it can be a collaborative work involving a number of students. The work should have been completed by students while studying at the institution as part of their course work at some time between April 2011 and March 2012.

Winner 2011

University of Central Lancashire with Matt Slade and Naseem Naeem

University of Central LancashireUniversity of Central Lancashire

The judges said

The winning entry here combined a great idea with dazzling execution. The result wowed the judges who praised its professionalism and predicted a bright future for its creators in their chosen industry.

Entrant's description

The brief for this project was to create a piece of communication to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Sonic The Hedgehog.

Shortlist 2011

  • Manchester Metropolitan University Computing - James Antrobus
  • Salford University - Alex Fenton
  • The Manchester College - Joseph Ackerley
  • University of Central Lancashire - Matt Slade and Naseem Naeem

Criteria 2011

An entry must be a digital artefact - such as a website, mobile application or animation. Submissions should demonstrate creativity or technical ingenuity in the design or creation of the artefact. Entries are welcomed from any further or higher educational institution up to a maximum of one for any one course. Each entry can be the work of a single student chosen by the institution from individual entries by different students, or it can be a collaborative work involving a number of students.

Winner 2010

Andreas Linden of University of Central Lancashire

University of Central LancashireUniversity of Central Lancashire

The judges said

In choosing the winner in this category, the judges agreed that there is no better advertisment for an educational establishment than that its students produce great work, and that's exactly what the 2010 Little Chip winner did as a key part of one of the judges' overall favourite entries this year.

Entrant's description

'Nosey Parker' is the only car park location application for the iPhone covering the UK. It gives the user the nearest and safest locations, cheapest prices and further details of over 13,400 car parks - that is 1,8 million car parking spaces - across the country. With an estimated 16,000 car parks in the UK, 'Nosey Parker' gives the user access to the largest and most up-to-date database on the iPhone. Reached no.23 in the Apple Apps Store on 2/3/2010. Project produced on work placement at Stardotstar, Manchester

Shortlist 2010

  • Andreas Linden - University of Central Lancashire

The judges set a minimum standard for shortlisting any Big Chip category and felt only one of the student entries met this standard.

Criteria 2010

Entries must be a digital artefact - such as a website, mobile application or animation - that could be used to promote some aspect of the entrant educational institution. Submissions should demonstrate creativity in the design of the artefact or in the way it is used to promote the institution, or both.

One entry is allowed from each educational institution. This can be the work of a single student chosen from individual entries by different students, or it can be a collaborative work involving a number of students.

Previous Winners

The Little Chip Student Award was a new introduction in 2010, open to higher and further education institutions from across the North of England.

The last student award in Big Chip was the MANCAT Promising Student Award in 2008, open to students of MANCAT. The brief was simple: 'Make an On-line portfolio of your work'.

Winner 2008

Laura Irvine

Winner 2007

Legogirl - Cormac Fulton