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YRS Festival of Code 2013

August 13, 2013
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L-R Alex Craggs, Alex Baker and Oli Callaghan work on their project.

Innovation Martlesham, the cluster of high-tech ICT companies located at Adastral Park, partnered with Young Rewired State (YRS) to host students for the YRS “Festival of Code 2013”.  This national coding event took place from 5th – 9th August 2013.

Over the course of the week, organisations around the country hosted local young people, YRS alumni, Rewired State mentors and other volunteers. Innovation Martlesham welcomed 14 young people from the local area and challenged them to build digital products: mobile and web, using at least one piece of open government data.

On Tuesday, Ben Nunney – European Marketing Manager for Twilio, stopped by Innovation Martlesham to visit the students taking part in this year’s YRS Festival of Code. He said “Having seen YRS evolve over the past four years, 2013 is really exciting for me. This year I’m on a roadshow – ‘Code on the Road’ – visiting businesses all over the UK who are hosting young people as part of the Festival of Code. It is so encouraging to see businesses large and small coming together to support such enthusiastic and focussed young people. The young people I have encountered at Adastral Park today are very switched on, very passionate and very engaged, and it has been a privilege to meet them.”

Jonathan Legh-Smith, Head of Partnerships and Strategic Research at BT, who is involved with the company’s education outreach programme commented: “IT is an important discipline for both BT and our customers, and we are always keen to promote interest with both students and teachers. As of 2014, a new curriculum will see IT becoming a core element from primary education onwards, and we are eager to engage with schools and encourage pupils’ enthusiasm for it. This is our second year supporting YRS and we are proud to be one of 60 centres hosting the initiative in 2013. The YRS Festival of Code gives participants a unique opportunity to experience the practical application of coding for the ‘real world’, away from the confines of the classroom, and encourages them to push their abilities and explore their capabilities in new ways.”

This year’s projects included apps and sites to identify road traffic black-spots, rate car park safety, and even suggest recipes based on the contents of the kitchen cupboard.

For more information about YRS, or to sign up for the 2014 Festival of Code, click here.

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