Raspberry Pi at the Festival of Code 2015

Raspberry Pi at the Festival of Code 2015

Mighty oaks from little acorns grow – and this applies to both the ethos and rapid growth of Young Rewired State’s annual Festival of Code. What began in 2009 as a weekend gathering of 50 self-taught young coders, aimed at introducing them to the benefits of open data, has since expanded to become the world’s largest annual hack event for young people. Some 1,200 under-18s attended this year’s finale at Birmingham’s ICC (International Convention Centre), showcasing the projects their teams had created over the previous week at one of 66 technology centres, most in the UK, plus a few overseas. So great was the attendance – along with parents, mentors and centre leads – that it took six hours to process them all through ICC registration on the Friday afternoon. The full article can be found in The MagPi 38 “This year it felt like we had finally come of age,” says YRS founder Emma Mulqueeny. “Every year we learn hard lessons! And every year we try to make sure we address those. This year it really seemed like we had managed to work out how to address the issues of scale… The feedback has been incredible and really wonderful to see. The standard of the hacks produced by the teams was also higher than ever.” The even had a lot of kids coding together or on their own. Image by Paul Clarke www.paulclarke.com Infectious enthusiasm The sheer level of enthusiasm is something noted by most attendees, including Raspberry Pi Foundation CEO Philip Colligan, who was on the judging panel for the heats and semi-finals. “The kids are awesome,” he tells us. “Walking around, you can see that they love every minute of it.” He’s also amazed at what the entrants managed to achieve in just a week: “They’re learning new programming languages, how to access and use open data, they’re doing physical hacks and physical computing projects.” Most of all, however, he stresses the importance of the kids solving problems that they care about, which means they’re totally driven to learn what need to create and showcase their project. Fellow judge and Raspberry Pi Foundation colleague Marc Scott was equally impressed. Describing the scene on the Friday evening, as entrants continued to work on their projects, he says: “It’s quite an amazing sight to see that many kids all hunched over laptops, tablets, phones, and Raspberry Pis, with screens…
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