25/08/2009 09:42 | By pa.press.net

Techno teens design public websites

Young computer enthusiasts took on Government website designers when they were given a chance to design online services of their own.


Jordan Hatch, 16, from Kingsfold Christian School in Lancashire, takes part in the Young Rewired State project

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Young computer enthusiasts took on Government website designers when they were given a chance to design online services of their own.

The 50 computer enthusiasts suggested improvements for public information sites such as talktofrank.com and tfl.gov.uk after a project at Google's UK headquarters in central London.

Technology guru Milo Yiannopoulos told the youngsters: "We think the Government is really, really rubbish at making websites and we think a bunch of teenagers can do it better."

After a series of presentations of alternative websites by the 15 to 18-year-olds, judges declared "TFHell" - a website offering travel information for Londoners - as the idea most likely to appeal to Google.

Speaking afterwards, Ben Hammersley, associate editor of Wired UK, said: "I found the standard of the work produced by 15 to 18 year olds in many cases infinitely superior to that produced by Government professionals."

The Young Rewired State project, supported by the Press Association, was created to give 50 young developers the chance to build and create useful applications with previously released and cleared government data.

Organisers James Darling, Richard Pope and Emma Mulqueeny hoped to highlight to Government the need for good programming skills in many languages; and showcase the young talent in the largest event of its kind.

Mr Darling said: "The day highlighted better processes, applications and ways of working for better use of public data as well as to expose government officials to the concept of allowing great creative minds to play with the data to provide interesting and creative solutions."

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