Informatics student named runner-up in the Young Software Engineer of the Year competition

[30/09/2022] Lilli Freischem, the final year MInf student, was named runner-up in the Young Software Engineer of the Year competition for producing a new software tool that can identify essential genes – ones that are critical to the survival of an organism – in a wide range of life forms.

Photograph of the Young Software Engineer of the Year winners

The detection of essential genes is a grand challenge in personalised medicine, the discovery of new drug targets in cancer, or in the identification of genetic markers for the diagnosis of disease. Lilli’s software is able to communicate seamlessly with tools that are already widely adopted, and end users can use its improved predictive power with little additional training or technical expertise.

Daniel Gearie from Abertay University took first place, with Raufs Dunamalijevs from Robert Gordon University and Callum Inglis from Strathclyde also awarded at the ceremony. 

The longstanding Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards are held annually by ScotlandIS, to champion budding talent in the Scottish technology industry and highlight the innovation and ideas coming from Scotland’s university students.   

To enter, universities submit the best final year software engineering project from among their undergraduate computing science and software engineering courses for the awards.

This year, we are celebrating ideas that display an impressive combination of innovation, creativity, and scalability. Each idea brings a potential real term impact to its related sector, making a genuine contribution."

“For decades we have recognised some of the best minds coming from our universities, demonstrating the strength and breadth of tech talent being developed within Scotland."

“In a sector that shows consistent demand for skilled talent, it’s important that, as an industry, we take time to recognise the individuals who truly embody the definition of talent.

Karen Meechan, CEO at ScotlandIS

Winners were announced on 29th September during the ceremony at the EICC in Edinburgh. 

Related links

Scotland IS website