Drumroll please… it’s time to announce 2020’s Tyk Side Project Fund winners!

Sometimes, an exciting idea ends up taking on a life of its own. We’ve seen this happen with Tyk’s open source API gateway, from starting as a side project & growing to a global commercial success (while staying true to its community roots). It was this success that made us want to give something back – and just like that, the Tyk Side Project Fund was born. 

The Tyk Side Project Fund is a micro-grant programme for people who have great ideas but without the resources to make them a reality. Tyk itself was created out of the restless energy of a frustrated engineer who couldn’t find the product he needed, so built it himself. Now, we’re delighted to be helping others to achieve the same. 

And, like all exciting ideas, the Tyk Side Project Fund has taken on an energy and a dynamism all of its own. We started out looking for one winner and wondering if we would get even half a dozen applications. 

Turns out, we needn’t have worried. Nearly 200 high quality applications later, the only problem was identifying a single winner from so many superb ideas. So we didn’t – we chose 9!

The Tyk Side Project Fund 2020 winners

Our winners range from engineers and developers to medical students and microbiologists. We were impressed by the passion, ingenuity and thoughtfulness of each and every one of them. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share detailed interviews with our winners, presenting each of their ideas in detail and explaining why they captured the interest of the Tyk team. In the meantime, we wanted to offer our hearty congratulations to every single winner and to share just a little snippet of their enticing ideas…


The bright idea of medical student Kacper Niburski, ddxed is a tool for both physicians and medical learners. The website-based service has been designed to understand the best test, diagnostics, and next steps in even the most complex cases, using up-to-date evidence and probabilities. Based on inputs of symptoms, signs, patient demographics and risk factors, the easy-to-use diagnostic generator proposes suitable tests and specific expected findings in order to turn commonly taught theoretical processes into reality.


An essential tool for our age of misinformation, Plurality.app from software developer Derek Ekins allows you to see the real story behind the mainstream media headlines and cut through the agendas of individual, billionaire-backed newspapers. When someone shares a mainstream media article and you click on it, Plurality.app kicks in and shows you one or more articles on the same subject from independent sources, giving you the whole picture and enabling you to share the article of your choice. 


Medical microbiologist Sam Chorlton is the brains behind BugSeq (“Bug Seek”), a platform to analyse clinical microbiology nanopore sequencing data. Hospital, outpatient and public health laboratories upload their data after sequencing DNA or RNA from human blood, sputum, cerebrospinal fluid or other clinical samples. BugSeq analyses the data and uses it to diagnose infections and antibiotic resistance, as well as to link patients together who may have transmitted the infection, tracing an outbreak through a community.


Engineering manager Paul Kuruvilla conceived the idea of CodeCrafters in order to help users learn about everyday programming tools by building them from scratch. The gamified challenges on the engaging programming site allow user to build tools like Git, Docker and Redis from scratch, getting under the hood in order to learn through a series of advanced programming challenges. 

Good Habit Device

Sticking to good habits can be hard, but the Good Habit Device is here to help. Telecommunications research engineer Pablo Jimenez Mateo is passionate about his vision to help people stick with their good habits. How? By giving them a virtual pet. A pet whose emotions feed on the steps you take, the amount of water that you drink, even how regularly you brush your teeth. Stick with your good habits and it will flourish, drop them and you’ll cast your virtual companion into a pit of despair! 

On the same page

Simplicity and honesty are at the heart of On the same page, a minimalist collaborative whiteboard from software engineer Sergii Zaitsev. With no logins and no user tracking, this publicly available project is already being used by a number of design agencies during workshops, as well as in several German schools.


For business manager Olivia Festy, the concept of ‘tech for good’ was the inspiration behind her creation of an augmented reality (AR) experience for use by the general public and local businesses in North London. iCreate offers free digital skills training to young people aged 16-24, using virtual reality as a starting point for engagement and training in the creation of an AR prototype. 

Disability Civility 

Co-production champion Jessica Russell is on a mission to enable people to become disabled allies with confidence through Disability Civility. The co-produced training package has been designed to improve the daily interactions between disabled and able-bodied folk. Having already piloted a course aimed at developing disability allies, the next step is to deliver the transformational learning experience through an online learning platform, enabling engagement with a wider audience. 


On a topic close to Tyk’s own heart, Postwoman, from full-stack developer Liyas Thomas, is a free, fast and beautiful API request builder. A web alternative to Postman, it helps to create requests faster, saving precious time on development.

We’re excited to be sharing more information about each of our impressive winners over the coming weeks. In the meantime, congratulations to each and every one and thank you to all those who took the time to apply to the Tyk Side Project Fund. The quality overall was simply superb. So much so, that we’re opening applications again in October 2020.