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Exceptional 11-year-old boy beats 3,000 contestants to emerge winner of Coding game, wins $1000 cash prize

An exceptional 11-year-old boy named Dominic Darby has outshined 3000 contestants to emerge as the winner of a coding game competition and was awarded 1000 dollars worth of cash prize.

Dominic Darby, a Jamaican, emerged as one of the 17 winners of the XPRIZE Connect Code Games competition. This competition involved 3,000 contestants from various nations worldwide.

The XPRIZE Connect Code Games is a global game-making challenge in partnership with E-Line Media and supported by Endless Network. It is the world’s first international youth game design challenge, encouraging young people to dream up a game and code it into reality.

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Dominic’s achievement was recognized with the title of “Best in Class” and also came with a well-deserved $1,000 cash prize in the Junior Division. The game that won him the prize was titled “How to Fall,” and was crafted using MIT’s Scratch coding software.

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The captivating game involves guiding a character through multiple levels while navigating various obstacles. Impressively. The project marked Dominic’s inaugural raid into the realm of video game development.

Dominic’s journey into coding began at the age of six when he first encountered MIT’s Scratch coding software during a summer program at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

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Though he was partly self-taught through thorough reading and YouTube tutorials, his passion for coding was a driving force in his educational pursuits. Despite his young age, Dominic is already making waves not only as a coding genius but also as a dedicated student at Wolmer’s Preparatory School.


Aside from Coding. Dominic also enjoys engaging himself in popular games like Minecraft and Roblox, along with playing sports like chess and tennis. Dominic stated that he plans to study Computer Science at the university and start a career in the field.

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