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Three young programmers from Cumbria and South West Scotland took part in Young Rewired State, using open government data to make a game. Brandon Mcauley, age 8 of Carlisle, Matthew Ellis, age 17 of Langholm and Ross Penman, age 13 of Dumfries built a top trumps of MPs.
The online game named TruMPs uses live data based on MPs Twitter activity and appearances in the Houses of Parliament. MPs compete against each other in categories such as communication, popularity and experience.
Young Rewired State in Cumbria was hosted by FreerangeArtists and supported by a number of developers from the region including Lee Willis and Daniel Matthews from Hydrant as well as John Kelso from BZD Print, coding group Code Cumbria and Andrew Donaldson from Harmonypark.
The national initiative to celebrate under 18s with a flair for computers and programming culminates this Saturday with a residential in Birmingham. This will bring together all 500 participants from across the UK in a demonstration of what they have achieved, built or coded over the week.
John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle who has visited the Freerange offices to meet the team and play the game which features him on one of the cards said ‘It is fantastic to see young people come up with such an enterprising and marketable idea which they have been able to turn into reality. "There has obviously been a lot of hard work put into developing the game and I wish the team the best of luck when they pitch ‘TruMPs’ in Birmingham on Saturday". he said..