Purple’s awesome dev team will be descending on the first ever Tameside Youth Hackathon next week to help local coders develop their skills.

The Youth Hackathon is taking place just down the road from our office at the newly refurbished Ashton Old Baths Digital Incubator on 9-10 August.

So what’s the challenge?

The talented young people taking part will be able to choose from a number of different inspiring challenges organised by event sponsors, like Purple.

In true Purple style, our challenge is all about intelligent spaces – collecting and analysing information from our environment and using that data to make things happen!

We’re going to bring an exciting goody bag of sensors for collecting information about our environment, single-board computers (Raspberry Pis) and some output devices (eg LED displays). We’re challenging these up and coming coders to create something interesting or fun by collecting that information and making something cool happen.

For example, this could be a game that rates who can shout the loudest with an LED display that changes colour depending on how loud someone is shouting, or something that opens or closes some virtual blinds depending on the amount of sunlight that could be used later to connect to some real blinds.

The sensors we’ll provide for the challenge include:

Temperature and Humidity
Digital Light
Ultrasonic Ranger
Sense HAT

And the prize?

Each winner of our Purple challenge will win a £50 Amazon voucher to spend on whatever they like.

Good luck and happy hacking!

Purple are hiring! If you’re interested in finding out more about the development roles currently available here at Purple, head on over to our careers page.