Bright teenagers create award-winning app at National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park.

Three teenagers created an app at the National Museum of Computing  that is designed to prevent motorists from putting the wrong fuel in their cars. James Thatcher, Julien Vertz, and Raoul Vangerow. PNL-150408-151019001
Three teenagers created an app at the National Museum of Computing that is designed to prevent motorists from putting the wrong fuel in their cars. James Thatcher, Julien Vertz, and Raoul Vangerow. PNL-150408-151019001

An app designed to stop motorists from putting the wrong fuel in their car has won an award.

A team from The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) who developed the app won Best in Show at the Young Rewired State Festival of Code last weekend.

Eleven young coders developed four different apps for smartphones and tablets in the home of Colossus at the museum on Bletchley Park to compete at the Festival of Code, the world’s largest hackathon for young people. The finals were held in Birmingham.

The winning app was created at TNMOC by James Thatcher, 10, Raoul Vangerow, 14 and Julien Vertz, 17.

The app is called PUMPS and is designed to make sure no-one puts the wrong fuel in their vehicle when filling up at a garage.

Using publicly available data, their app identifies a vehicle’s number plate when it pulls onto a filling station forecourt, links it with data held by the DVLA to find out the engine and model number, and communicates with the filling station to disable the fuel pumps that would deliver the wrong fuel to the vehicle.

The judges said they were very impressed by the research and coding that went into the project and by its highly desirable purpose.

The PUMPS app is currently at design stage and it not yet publicly available for use.

Other inventive apps created at TNMOC during the week were two music player apps, one of which responded to what was onscreen to play music appropriate for the concentration required by the work being performed. Another app that amused the judges was one that measured distances in all sorts of crazy distances, like the number of chessboards between Milton Keynes and Bedford.

Dave Sussman, the TNMOC volunteer who co-ordinated the event at The National Museum of Computing, said: “The teams of competitors and mentors were fantastic. They worked incredibly well in teams, everyone contributing their own particular skills to create inspired apps. For one of the teams to win Best in Show was beyond our expectations and delighted everyone at TNMOC who took part. The future looks very bright for British industry!”

Through Summer Bytes in August and at weekends throughout the year, TNMOC offers free introductions to coding for youngsters.