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Julius Sweetland talks to College Coding Club

Tuesday, 8 March, 2016 -- Helen Wilson

On Friday 26 February, the Coding Club and A level Computer Science students were visited by Old Elthamian Julius Sweetland (2001) to hear about his software called Optikey.

Year 8 pupil Ben Rippingale wrote about Julius' visit:

The creation of Optikey started with an idea after a relative was diagnosed with MND (Motor Neuron Disease). He gave up three years of his spare time to make this software and had to balance this time with his family commitments.

A company called The Eye Tribe has produced a piece of technical hardware, which along with Optikey, allows people to type with their eyes! Even some gaming companies have utilised his software and are linking it up to video games such as Assassins Creed. Julius’ software helped The Eye Tribe win a CES Innovation award which honour outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products.

I thought that Julius’ talk was really inspiring to all of the young coders. Mr Sanderson even gave him honorary College Colours for Coding, which I hope I win someday. I really enjoyed Julius’ presentation and I am looking forward to seeing his work on display in the science museum later this year!!