Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The IT Girls Win with Geek Power

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The IT Girls Win with Geek Power

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A TEAM of self-confessed 'girl geeks' used the results of the Turing sunflower experiment to win two prizes at the Manchester Science Festival. The Manchester Girl Geeks were the only allfemale group to take part in a 24-hour computer coding contest at the festival, which drew more than 200 people. They and other contestants had to use IT skills to create a new phone application, tool, website or digital game. The team of three women computer coders were named 'best user group' at the Hack Manchester contest, and also won a prize for the best use of the Turing Sunflower project data. They used the data to create a heat map showing the location of sunflowers used in the project.

impressed with what they achieved in the time available.

Judges were impressed with what they achieved in the time available. Competitor Aadhi Selvaraj, 26, said: "It was amazing to be able to put together the data we received from the research in a more interactive interface for people to visualise it both easily and in a fun way. …

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