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ScotGrad Alumni, Corrie Green, has had a successful year picking up some big awards.

Published: 12/07/2016

12 months on from his ScotGrad summer placement, Corrie Green, has topped off a successful year with some fantastic awards.

Whilst studying Computer Science at UHI Moray College last year Corrie entered the Moray Games Jam 2015. Corrie’s partner backed out at the last minute leaving him the sole single player out of 14 teams. Not only did Corrie manage to create a working prototype in 48 hours on his own, he also impressed the judges. They loved his simple but slick game and declared it overall winner.

The game, The Xoid: Isometric Survival, has been released to market http://www.slidedb.com/games/xoid-survival

         

Pictured: The Xoid, Moray Game Jam winner 

On the back of winning the competition last year Corrie secured a ScotGrad summer placement with HexWar Games Ltd in Elgin, Moray. He spent 12 weeks developing and releasing four new games, which have been endorsed by Apple.  At our Summer Placement Programme Closing Ceremony Corrie and Ross, his Hexwar colleague who was also on a ScotGrad summer placement, won the prize for the best student presentation after wowing the judges with the work they had done. Check out our Q&A with Corrie about his placement here and download a case study here.

Following his summer placement Corrie entered the Degree Year of BSc (Hons) in Computing (Computer Application Software Development) at Robert Gordon University.

Earlier this year Corrie made it to the final of The TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year, which is an annual awards competition which aiming to find the best undergraduates in the UK. Corrie won the Computer Science & Analytics Undergraduate of the Year Award sponsored by Expedia ahead of nine other finalists. What a great achievement!                                                                                                                                    

To qualify for the final, Corrie first had to complete a series of online tests before travelling to London to take part in an assessment centre session and interview with award sponsor Expedia.

He impressed the company so much that they invited him to apply for a three month internship which he will complete over the summer, as well as spending a week in Expedia’s head office in Seattle. The competition receives entries from over 3500 students from 130 UK universities. Corrie was one of 120 undergraduates from across the UK invited to Canary Wharf for the final awards ceremony in London. Corrie said:

“I’m delighted to have won - the event was really fantastic and I'm looking forward to meeting more of the Expedia team in Seattle for a week in July, and also can’t wait to start my internship with them as they are all very friendly and welcoming.” 

To finish off a successful year Corrie recently scooped up the Robert Gordon University Class Prize for the highest academic achievement in the Degree Year of BSc (Hons) Computing (Computer Application Software Development) and got a distinction in his degree.

What next? With The Xoid taking off Corrie is now thinking about starting his own game development business. He recently partnered with games publisher, Offset, to get the game out on even more platforms to more people around the world! Good luck, Corrie.