Inverurie student wins prize for designing scout group trading website

An Inverurie student has been awarded an industry prize for his final year project which saw him set up a trading website for a local scout group.

Scott Adams and Ronald Holden, Computing prizegiving 2015Robert Gordon University (RGU) Computer Science student Scott Adams (23) was awarded the Servelec Controls Ltd award for the Best Honours Project in Software Engineering at a special ceremony at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media last week.

The former Inverurie Academy pupil, who is about to graduate with first class honours on Friday, July 17, created a hyper local trading website for members of the Inverurie Scout Group called Pin It.

Scott said: “The web app is totally responsive so works on desktops, tablets and mobile devices.

“I have been a cub, scout, explorer, networker and now a leader at Inverurie Scout Group since I was seven years old so the group and movement mean a lot to me personally. I wanted to give something back to them and have developed their idea of having a place to swap items.”

He added: “Taking on a volunteering position as the scout leader at Inverurie Merlin troop was incredibly hard work, especially when trying to chair Gordon Network which is the section of the Scout Movement for people aged 18-25, hold down a part time job at the Apple Store and be a full-time student.

“But I like a challenge and the personal rewards and good vibes I get from working with the young people is the best feeling - I feel like I am contributing to their development and supporting my community.

“Also, having something worthwhile to do as an escape from coursework is very rewarding.”

Scott, who also designed the Inverurie Scout Group’s new website, has already secured a job as a graduate software developer with Aberdeen company Evoke IT.

He said: “I would advise computer science to anyone interested in a career in computing - the course is wide enough that you get a good grasp on most aspects and can specialise in those you want to do more of.

“The placement scheme the RGU School of Computing run is incredible. They have so many links that everyone who tries can get a decent placement. Thanks to my placement I walked into a graduate software developer job the week after my exams finished.”

Scott added: “I couldn’t have done all this without my fantastic team at Inverurie Scout Group - so a huge thank you to them.

“If anyone else wants to get involved at Scouts as a volunteer they are welcome to get in contact - I know groups all over the city and shire so can pair them up.”

Fellow former Inverurie Academy pupils Christopher Drysdale and Christina Moir and former Kemnay Academy pupil Ashley Noble also picked up prizes at the ceremony.

Christopher and Christina were both awarded Stage 2 ConocoPhillips prizes, with Christopher also being presented with the TOTAL computing scholarship. Ashley (22), who is in the fourth year of her Computer Network Management and Design degree, was awarded the class prize.

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