Two John Kyrle High School students were victorious at the first Inversity Hackathon as they took home first prize. 

Joe Thomas and Oliver Gane showcased their coding skills, innovative thinking, and presentation skills in the challenge of promoting longer battery life in cars at the event held at the MTC in Coventry. 

Their solution impressed judges who awarded them a share of the first place prize, £1000. 

Joe said: “The Inversity Hackathon was a great experience to help improve teamwork skills and work collaboratively with different skills to my own. 

“It also helped build real-world experience working with a client and asking questions to them. 

“Overall it was just a fun day.”

Oliver added: “This exirpirence has reinforced my passion for computing. We are both grateful to the Inversity Institute for organising the event and providing us with the opportunity to showcase our skills in presenting.

The Inversity Hackathon is organised by the company and aims to bring together some of the brightest young minds in the field of technology and engineering. 

Participants were tasked with developing code that could enhance the efficiency of electric vehicle batteries, contributing to longer-lasting and more sustainable transportation solutions.

Joe and Oliver are both passionate about environmental sustainability and technology and rose to the challenge with determination. 

Drawing on their knowledge of coding and their understanding of battery technology, they devised an algorithm that optimises the charging and discharging of electric vehicle batteries. 

Their solution not only extends the battery life but also reduces the environmental impact of frequent battery replacements. 

Joe and Oliver are two of seven students who have been involved with Inversity, an AI software development training platform. 

During this time, the students have been competing with people across the country with different scenarios from managing resources with the RAF to F1 strategies decisions. 

The Computer Science lead at JKHS, Sophie Jones, said: “We are immensely proud of the year 12 Computer Science cohort at JKHS. 

“Their success at the Inversity Hackathon is a testament to their hard work, creativity, and dedication. We are confident they will continue to make significant contributions to the field of computer science.”