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Young Rewired State 2012

It’s that time of year again, when kids around the country get together for a week of hacking, making, coding and crafting. Yes, YRS 2012 is nearly here. If you do not know about Young Rewired State, it is a chance for young coders and designers around the country to get together at centres hosted by local companies for a week of hacking together some great apps based on open data. At the end of the week, all the centres gather for a big presentation on what the guys have been working on.

NixonMcInnes have joined up with Cogapp (our upstairs neighbours) to host the biggest Brighton centre yet, this year we will have 20 young folks joining us for the week. That’s over double last year – so many that we have had to find a new home! Luckily The Lighthouse have stepped up and offered us some space.

This year is also super special: with so many kids applying to take part, a ‘festival of code’ is being organised for the end of the week. 500 kids plus their adults will descend on The Custard Factory in Birmingham for a weekend of more hacking, hanging out, presentations and prizes! The competition is going be tough but I think the Brighton kids will do just as well as they have in previous years (that is, very well). I think some of the kids already signed up for Brighton could do my job better than I can!

Our primary focus is to find, foster and challenge the young children and teenagers who are driven to teach themselves how to code. We offer them the support that is missing from schools and colleges by providing mentors, broadening their horizons and introducing them to a network of like-minded peers.

The Festival of Code week is especially important as it allows the kids to realise that, as a geek, they are not alone and that coding is an important, promising and often lucrative career.

Emma Mulqueeny, Rewired State.

We are currently at capacity for kids, but if you would like to get on the waiting list in case of dropout then please sign up on the YRS website.

If you are an old person or company and would like to get involved please drop me  or Emma an email. We are currently looking for mentors (designers, UXers, developers) to drop in for an hour or so and help the kids with their projects. We are also looking for additional sponsorship to cover some travel/food/hardship costs, so if you are a company with some spare cash that you would like to put towards an excellent cause then please get in touch!

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