Coming up at the end of July is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic young digital makers and tech fans to get stuck in with some summer holiday coding fun – the Young Rewired State Festival of Code!
Open to children aged 18 and younger, we think the Festival of Code is an awesome event for our Code Club members. There’s also opportunities for our volunteers to get involved as well! We spoke to Young Rewired State’s Managing Director, Ruth Nicholls, who told us a bit more about the event and what’s on offer…
“Every August, Young Rewired State runs the world’s largest annual hackathon for young people. The ‘Festival of Code’ is a week-long celebration of young technology talent, bringing together coders aged 18 and under from all across the UK – and the world – to build projects together which solve real world problems. We welcome any young person who has had some, even just basic, coding experience and most importantly loves digital making and wants to learn more! Over the past six years, we’ve worked with over 2,000 young people in the UK and abroad, with lots of our alumni now returning to mentor the next generation of young coders.
At the Festival our community gather from Monday to Thursday at volunteer-led local centres to make new friends and prototype projects using their coding skills and open data. They then come together for the Festival weekend where they showcase what they have built to parents, mentors, press, industry and expert judges.
The Festival of Code 2015 is taking place from July 27th to August 2nd and is going to be our biggest and best event yet. As well as the open data hackathon, we’re showcasing the best and brightest in technology today at our YRS Makerspace. We’re also excited to expand our community with 75 centres across the UK and five international centres participating remotely across three continents.
We’d love to have your support during the week too. If any Code Club volunteers would like to mentor at the Festival, we’d love you to get in touch here.”