We're constantly amazed by the new talent that's entering the web world at a young age, and these 10 budding young developers are just some of the hotshots currently giving the industry a shot in the arm.
They're all shortlisted for the .net Awards 2013 (opens in new tab) - the international awards event organised by our sister title, .net magazine (opens in new tab). Read on to find out why they were nominated, plus you can find out more and vote for your favourite here (opens in new tab).
A senior UI developer at British broadcasting giant BSkyB and based in Leeds, Harry Roberts first got into development aged 16. Specialising in CSS architecture and frontend performance, he's recently been working on "a pretty huge mobile build" for Sky. Outside of work he's been working on his open source OOCSS framework inuit.css (opens in new tab), and also on csswizardry-grids (opens in new tab), a Sass-based responsive grid system.
A developer at notable web design agency Happy Cog in Philadelphia, Anthony Colangelo got into development aged 18 and previously worked at Leadnomics (opens in new tab). At Happy Cog he's worked for clients including MTV, Delaware Valley College, and Black Hills Corporation, while his biggest personal project outside was jPanelMenu, a jQuery plug-in for creating off-canvas type navigation. He works on both the front and backend of projects using HTML, CSS, JS (and jQuery), PHP, MySQL and NoSQL.
Freelance frontend developer Anna Debenham has been coding since she was 15. Specialising in HTML and CSS, she recently been busy building prototypes with Leisa Reichelt and working with a startup called Speakr, a web app that helps kids articulate how they feel at school. She's also been working with a team on the University of Surrey website; writes a blog about browsers on game consoles, and co-hosts Unfinished Business, a podcast about the business side of the web.
Based in Freiburg, Germany, at the age of 15 Hans Christian Reinl began teaching himself to code, and his first job was creating a website for a local rock festival. Mainly focused on front-end code, especially CSS, he shares what he learns on his blog. This year he's been mainly working on client projects, alongside open source contributions to projects such as HTML5 Boilerplate (opens in new tab) and HTML5 Please.
Based in Stafford, England, web development student and freelance web developer Michael Wright got into development aged around 15.
Completely self-taught, he last year worked for a multi-national educational company called EducationCity on both product and internal systems. He tends to specialise in backend work with PHP and MySQL being his strongest points. Lately, alongside his studies he's been writing articles for his tutorial site, Codular (opens in new tab), and planning expansions for the social network he created, Striving (opens in new tab).
Based in Brighton, UK, Josh Emerson works as a frontend developer at Clearleft having started working in development aged 20. He's recently been working on the new Clearleft site, which uses icon fonts to make sure the website looks great on high DPI devices. He also developed the recently launched Wellcome Library website, a responsive site for a science charity, and developed a technique called Responsive Enhance for dealing with responsive images on this site.
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