Last week they joined teams form Estonia, Lithuania, Finland, Norway, Greece, Portugal and Belgium. In a Battle of the Kodu minds teams of students are going to pitch their Kodu games to a panel of judges that include MEPs.
The UK team,of Joe, Alfie and Jonathan AKA ‘Gatesy’, accompanied by their back up Matt and Minder, Ray Chambers have been busy preparing their award winning game from the summer. As Madd Hatt Games they created ‘Confined’ and adventure game with twists and turns that would challenge a commercial title.
On the first day, the team have keenly checked out the competition. They were worried about the Norwegians who had a strong team and have already moved in to coding with Unity. They did seem to spend a lot of time with the all girl team from Finland. The boys assure me that this is purely tactical research. But, they need’nt have worried , it was the team from Greece that proved to be the surprise package.
Day 1 was all about getting to know everybody. This code camp was being run at the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Brussels. The morning session covered team building and Lego robotics.
Day 2 was a whirlwind. Myself , Alfie and Matt were invited the the launch of the European Commission report – Computing our Future – Alfie had the honour of being invited on to the stage to be on a Q & A panel hosted by the Vice President of the European Union – Neelie Kroes. He had no hesitation in giving a brilliant answer, which I managed to record on my phone.
Day 3 – The day of the competition . I know as the UK we never do well in Europe, think Eurovision. But this day was never going to be a case of ‘nil point!’ . All the teams had been given expert coaching in public speaking, not that the UK needed training to speak up! There confidence and ability to interact with both adults and other students is something they , their parents and school should be very proud of.
You can see their full presentation here on our YouTube Channel - https://youtu.be/4gVs4OJOsYE?list=UUVJlK5p6oKCWHkbxqQZ6m2g
You can find out how they did here on the BBC News site - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29641949
You can read more about their experience here