Meet the 16-year-old designing Snapchat filters used by Beyonce

Teenager Yousuf Bakshi has become the latest software development graduate from the Codez Academy – and he’s new designing popular Snapchat filters.

Bakshi, who is only 16 years of age, joined the coding school to immerse himself in the world of technology. He’s since gone on to develop Snapchat filters used by the likes of Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran.

Brought up in Cardiff, Yousuf is an A level student studying physics, maths, computer science and the Welsh Baccalaureate at Fitzalan High School Sixth Form. But his story is far from ordinary.

Since the beginning of 2017, he’s been running his own small business, which creates visual advertising social media platform Snapchat. He uses Photoshop to create geofilters.

Capturing locations such as Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Cardiff, they’ve been used on the app by high-profile people like Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran and Jeremy Corbyn as well as millions of other users.

Yousuf explained: “I’ve always had a knack for coding and programming. But previously, I was self-taught and I found it difficult because I kept making errors and I was unsure of how to rectify them.

“Left to my own devices, I had no clue what to do next and it was quite frustrating. Nobody I knew could help me with this so I really struggled just trying to learn from YouTube tutorials.”

Looking to hone his computing skills, Yousuf convinced his mother to sign him up for the Kids Half Term Bootcamps with the Codez Academy. He now has the skills to improve his work and business.

He said: “I had had enough of useless YouTube tutorials that really did not advance my knowledge and felt the need to seek a credible and understandable tutor that could really improve my coding skills.

“This is why I decided to sign up to Codez Academy, especially as I had decided it was time to learn HTML skills to develop further.”

It only took one day for him to get signed up on the course, and from there he began learning topics such as HTML and Photoshop. By the end of the course, he was able to build a website for his school from scratch.

Yousuf spoke incredibly highly of his time with Codez Academy. He said: “My heart is in coding and this course made me realise that. Truly the highlight of the course was seeing all of the hard work, time and effort I have put into coding become a fully-working website at the end of it.

“Codez Academy is an absolutely phenomenal service that can help people from any level and any age and any background to code to a very high standard in no time.

“It can instantly provide many job opportunities for you as you become fluent in coding and increases your skills and expertise in a field that will be looked up greatly at in the very near future.

 “My heart is in technology and so I hope to become a programmer in the future and continue to expand my business.”

Speaking of Yousuf’s progress, Dean Jenkins Founder of Codez Academy said: “We are incredibly proud of all that Yousuf has achieved, especially at such a young age.

“He came to us searching for help in coding but his interest and passion was already there. We just simply shared the knowledge we have to help him better himself.

He added: “Having students like Yousuf enrol on our courses is truly an honour. He is the epitome of the type of talent we’re hoping to develop in Wales and having digitally skilled individuals like this can only ever have a positive impact on our Welsh economy.”