Festival of Code 2013 roundup: Young Rewired State recognises Raspberry Pi wizards, troll hunters and more

Young Rewired State's Festival of Code has drawn to a close for 2013, following a hacktastic week that culminated with presentations and prizes at the Birmingham Custard Factory.

In total, 125 projects were submitted for judging by participants from more than 35 host centres across the country.

Five projects were singled out for special recognition, with Tom Hartley (see image, top) and Louis Brent-Carpenter's Picycle creation taking home the overall award for 'Best in Show.'

The pair's ambitious Raspberry Pi-based hack gives cyclists a sat nav system that links handlebar-mounted LEDs to the credit-card sized computer. Users are then able to configure the lights based on a range of modular plugins, and the duo were even able to present a working prototype bike at the event.

Presenting Picycle with its award, noted designer and software engineer Aral Balkan said the award was the "icing on the cake" for a wonderful Festival of Code.

Home computing enthusiasts and other budding young programmes will be pleased to hear that Hartley and Brent-Carpenter have indicated they will release their code along with instructions for the Picycle to the wider developer community.

To learn more about Picycle, check out the video below:

The other ideas to earn a distinction were medical virus spread simulator contag.io, which took home the gong for 'Best example of code,' and undiscovered music recommendation service Mortune - deemed 'Best example of design.' Elsewhere, independent business pitching platform Establish.Me earned the all-important 'Code a better country' gong, while the 'Should exist award' went to ProjectHermes, a platform for outing Internet trolls.

If Young Rewired State has captured your imagination like it has ours, you'll be pleased to know that applications are already being accepted for the 2014 Festival of Code. It'll take some doing to surpass the likes of Picycle, Mortune, and ProjectHermes, but we're sure next year's batch of budding programmers will be up to the challenge and then some.

For more, be sure to check out our insider's look at Young Rewired State's 2013 Festival of Code.

Image credit: Laurie Ainley (via Twitter)