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Festival of Code 2015 kicks off

An event set to uncover the next generation of tech leaders has opened its doors for this year's week-long show

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | July 28, 2015 | Events

Every year, Young Rewired State runs the largest annual hack event in the world. The ‘Festival of Code’ sees over 1,200 young people and 300 expert mentors team up in over 60 local centres all over the UK to prototype digital solutions and culminates in a single Festival weekend.

Local centres are run by a variety of partner organisations, ranging from schools, to tech start-ups, to charities to large corporations. 

With the introduction of computer programming into the national curriculum in September 2014, the Festival of Code in 2015 is set to be bigger than ever. This year the Festival weekend is scheduled to take place at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham and Young Rewired State are preparing to welcome up to 2,000 young coders from 100 locations across the UK, to the weekend showcase.

Participants will also get to stretch their skills by taking on a variety of programming challenges, set by sponsors and partner organisations, and experimenting with cutting edge technologies, over the course of the weekend. The whole event is free to attend and is supported by sponsors, from a variety of sectors, including Google and Pearson.

Following the success of hosting a remote centre in Kosovo for the duration of the 2015 Festival, Young Rewired State are also opening up participation to centres in Europe for the first time, giving young coders in the UK the opportunity to share sills with their counterparts overseas.

The Festival of Code 2015 is now open, and will close on Friday 31st July.

The Festival Showcase Weekend will take plane at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on the 1st and 2nd August. For more information and to take part visit festival.yrs.io.

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