Once again, it time for us to host a weeklong event for young people to come together and make apps, websites and programmes out of open data: Young Rewired State.
This summer will be our fourth year as a YRS host centre. From our band of ten young coders in 2009, we have grown to host over 30 for a week of open data hacking at MadLab. In fact, this year, we’ve also got centres with the BBC at MediaCity, and at Oldham College. We anticipate up to 100 young people will take part in YRS around Greater Manchester this summer – that’s 10% of the national figure!
After YRS 2012, we were keen to maintain the momentum we’d created as the largest national centre. So since then we’ve hosted monthly events at MadLab and other venues such as The Sharp Project and Hyper Island, attended by around 40 young people each time. We’ve also supported the growth of Code Clubs in primary schools and other venues in the region. There’s a growing appetite from young people, parents and business to get involved and learn about coding outside of school.
We consider YRS as the highlight in our annual calendar of events aimed at under 18s. And this year it will be bigger and better than ever!
To help make this happen, we’re asking the wider community for help. There are a number of ways which you can contribute – we’d be very grateful if you could.
Can you give up some time between 5-9th August to help YRS participants? It could be backend stuff, data wrangling, front end or even user testing? If so, sign up here to register as a mentor. It’s a busy week, as teams prepare their projects for the national Show & Tell in Birmingham…
We’ve still spaces at MediaCity and Oldham College. Do you know anyone under 18 with an interest in coding that might want to take part?
We can’t do any of this without the generous input from the community. Cash, food, goodies and kit are always welcome.
YRS is always an amazing week, especially here in Manchester. Please let us know if you can help! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.