2018 Award

Joshua Stevenson-Wood

The judges said

This entry was a complex project that was delivered effectively and the judges were impressed by the fact that this was a finished project in a business-critical area, that has been taken on by the company and showed awareness of both design and tech aspects.

Entrant's description

Joshua Stevenson-Woods is an apprentice with Ixis in Manchester. Soon after beginning his apprenticeship he gave himself the challenge of writing a piece of software that would save time and manpower. The outcome is the software Samurai. The security updates used to freeze the entire support team and take a full day to complete. Josh wrote an application, using Drupal as the framework, to automate the process. Now it only takes one person and less than half the time to complete the full update process. A brilliant achievement for Josh, with a real benefit to the business.

Shortlist

  • Sam Ryan
  • Jamie Fairhurst
  • Lewis Marsh

Criteria

An entry must be a digital artefact - such as a website, software application or animation. Submissions should demonstrate creativity or technical ingenuity in the design or creation of the artefact. Entries are welcomed from any student, apprentice or their employer. The work should have been completed by the student or apprentice at some time between April 2017 and March 2018 while on placement or apprenticed. Work undertaken as part of coursework while studying at an institution should be entered in the Little Chip Student Award.


2017 Award

SharpFutures with Amy Williams

The judges said

Amy used an established format in a creative fashion to put over an important message in an inspirational way

Entrant's description

Women Change Manchester was a digital campaign of videography distributed across social media and culminating in an event which took place at The Sharp Project for International Women’s Day 2016. The focus of the campaign was to provide an online platform to inspire young women using Mancunian women’s voices from a diverse section of society from the past and the present with local female students who were invited to come along and pledge what a difference they will make to Manchester in the future.

Shortlist

  • MBNA with Lucy Gray
  • Scott Mears
  • SharpFutures with Amy Williams

Criteria

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

Entries are welcomed from any student, apprentice or their employer.

The work should have been completed by the student or apprentice at some time between April 2016 and March 2017 while on placement or apprenticed.

Work undertaken as part of coursework while studying at an institution should be entered in the Little Chip Student Award.

 

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