YRS Festival of Code 2013 @ Nottingham

They say time flies when you’re having fun and it seems we’ve barely blinked and Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code has come round again. The concept is simple – under 18′s from all over the country gather at regional centres for a week long hackathon – competing for awards across numerous categories with a final presentation at Birmingham’s Custard Factory.

Last year we pitched in helping a group of young developers from all over the East Midlands with their open data based area comparison site, Postcode Wars. This year we were surprised to see three times as many local young developers working fastidiously on no fewer than four different hacks:

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More details on the projects are available here.

The teams walked away with a “Should exist award” for ProjectHermes, an anti-internet-troll initiative and a “Runner up – Best example of Design” award for their modern take on lost & found, Reunitem. And perhaps most importantly all those involved had a great week’s high octane programming experience. Most notable though is the outstanding level of flair and skill these young programmers and designers show for their craft, ably creating professional looking software to a tight and immovable presentation deadline. It’s fantastic to see such coding talent across the East Midlands and we’re already looking forward to supporting next year’s event.

You can find out more about Young Rewired State and Festival of Code here.

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