Allstate Northern Ireland's very own employee Gareth McAleese (along with co-author Ian Simons) published 'Go Berserk' in 2012 and the book has since gone from strength to strength. The child friendly code education book teaches 8 year olds and above how to make their own websites with real code, and (with help from local companies including Allstate NI) one copy has been provided free in every school in Northern Ireland.
As a result of the success of Go Berserk in local schools Gareth has been nominated as Northern Ireland's Talk Talk Digital Hero. A further awards ceremony to be held October 29th in the House of Commons will determine if Go Berserk wins the prestigious UK award.
And there's more! After a hectic start to the month in L'Derry, when the book was Highly Commended in the 'e-Learning' category of the stylish DANI Awards, the team alongside Allstate NI also took part in the BT Monster Coder Dojo at Culture Tech. The team then learnt last week that they have been nominated in the UTV Business Eye Awards Research and Development category for the second year running.
Possibly most commendably after the launch of their new e-book and iPad app, Go Berserk has just been officially accredited so that for the first time ever, 8 year olds and above can earn the equivalent of a BTEC level 1 in programming by producing a website using the Go Berserk book.
When they come for work experience in Allstate in a few years, they may be teaching us rather than us teaching them!
Huge congratulations to Gareth and the Go Berserk team for all their recent awards and achievements. To find out more details about the book visit www.go-berserk.com/news.php.