The UK’s premiere festival for young coders began today. It will climax in Birmingham this weekend in a show and tell event with a panel of all-star judges.
Today marks the first day of Young Rewired State 2012. The event sees kids of various ages come together across the UK and build applications in teams. Centres in different cities around the country will be hosting a myriad of talks and events, focused on getting kids involved in coding.
At the end of the week, participants will come together in Birmingham and have the opportunity to meet and chat with the other teams. There will be a big sleepover on the Friday night, preceded by talks from different industry figures, notably representatives from Raspberry Pi, Twilio and GoSquared.
The kids will also get a chance to finish off their apps and polish their presentations in time for the big Show and Tell scheduled for Saturday afternoon. The teams will showcase their apps in short presentations, after which a panel of judges – including Lily Cole and Conrad Wolfram – will deliberate and pick a winner.
The Young Rewired State initiative aims to see young people from across the country learn about coding in a fun, friendly environment and educate them about opportunities in the technology industry. Participants get real, hands-on experience that is essential to learning.
The Kernel is delighted to be a media partner for Young Rewired State 2012. We will be covering the Show and Tell event in Birmingham over the weekend. We will also be visiting one of the centres in London, meeting the participants and learning more about their experiences with the festival and their impressions about coding and the industry in general.
Tickets for the Show and Tell on Saturday 11 August are still available here.