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Coding competition aims to combat tech-spertise outsourcing

Coding competition aims to combat tech-spertise outsourcing

Thursday 13 February 2020

Coding competition aims to combat tech-spertise outsourcing

A local digital company has launched a competition to inspire young tech heads into the industry after noticing too many jobs in the sector being outsourced.

The competition will see young people invited to design and code a single-page website promoting products or services.

Steve Quinn and Jamie MacDonald have worked with Digital Jersey to design the competition, which they say aims to “nurture important experience and competency within the island’s digital sector”.

The entries will be judged on a range of factors including web development, design, user experience and content/copywriting, with an iPhone 11 up for grabs for the winners in each age category.


Pictured: Steve Quinn and Jamie MacDonald, founders of Doodle Labs.

“The over-arching directive here is to encourage young Jersey minds to thrive within the booming digital industry,” the Doodle Labs’ founders said. “We’re lucky to have incentives and opportunities within arms’ reach; from things like this completion to big additions to the island’s educational offering with the Digital Academy at Digital Jersey.”

“Doodle Labs was established to provide high-level technical support to Jersey businesses; we found too much talent being derived from the UK and too many jobs being outsourced off-island,” the pair added. “Our objective is to create and support the potential talent that lies in Jersey." 

All levels of competence and participants will have access to an online 'Student Station' designed by Doodle Labs with tutorials as well as instructions from Rory Steel, Head of the Digital Academy. 

“With the need for digital specialists only increasing, Digital Jersey has further committed to supporting on island talent with the new Academy,” Mr Steel said. “Working with Doodle Labs, we are creating a complementary online training resource to allow learning anytime anywhere, created by local experts. Starting with this schools competition we will open this new resource to all islanders in the near future.”

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