Project: Food for Thought

In the summer of 2011 I took part, as a mentor, in Young Rewired State, a week designed to encourage coding in those aged under 18. Based in the Cardiff centre (hosted by Sequence), I was one of the mentors for 17 year old Joel Murphy.

Joel worked on building a web app to display data from the Food Standards Agency's Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. The app helped people access a venue's hygiene rating before buying or eating food using geo-location or traditional search with built in maps.

Joel wrote the app using HTML 5, JavaScript and PHP with data scraped from the FSA's website.

Food for Thought won an award for the best use of government data after a demonstration to a panel of judges at the end of the week. It was also featured in CIO magazine.

Joel now studies Computer Science at Cardiff University and went on to participate in Young Rewired State 2012 and will be a mentor in 2013.