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Young Rewired State 2013 – the film

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

They came, they saw, they coded. For the fourth year in a row, MadLab has been hosting young programmers during Young Rewired State. This years Festival of Code has been more popular than ever, with an additional three centres in Greater Manchester (MadLab, Media City, Oldham College). MadLab hosted 26 eager young coders during a week in August.

How did they get on? Watch the film below to find out!

Young Rewired State 2013 at Manchester Digital Laboratory from Prohyena on Vimeo.

Thanks to our centre lead DJ, all the mentors, filmmaker Maria, YRS, and of course all the young participants!

See you next year!

YRS 2012 Aftermath

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Kids and mentors
Now that the digital dust has settled, we’ve reflected on that hectic week in August to create a little report about our YRS adventure. You can download a copy here.

We’ve got some exciting plans up our sleeves, including two hack events during the forthcoming half term at MadLab. Keep an eye on the site for more details!

Young Rewired State – 3rd year running at MadLab

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Over the past two years we’ve held a weeklong Young Rewired State (YRS) event here at MadLab.

YRS is aimed at providing the space and opportunity for those aged 18 and under to learn/develop/share coding skills.  Each year, we’ve opened up MadLab and been amazed at the talent, teamwork and sheer niceness of the young people that come along. There has been plenty of coverage, from the open data bus timetable app, through to a Guardian profile of one participant, leading to a national Coding for Kids campaign.

This year YRS will be between 6th – 11th August.  As ever, MadLab will host coders for the week. This year, the YRS have moved the Friday show-and-tell in London up a notch, to become a night of camp and code, pizza and camaraderie at The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park
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Teenagers let loose in MadLab

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Josh explains..

Last week was the third annual Young Rewired State (YRS), and we happily hosted at team at MadLab.

What is YRS?

If you hadn’t heard, YRS is about young developers using (or collecting) open data to make/develop apps and ideas. Eight young developers joined in during the week at MadLab, with a wide variety of hacks, apps and ideas being generated. Alongside MadLab, there were 12 other centres across the country, plus a small work-from-home group.

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Young Rewired State 2011 is nearly here… 4 ways you can help!

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Blimey, a year has flown by.  Last year, a 10-strong team of young coders, developers and designers took over MadLab as part of the Young Rewired State initiative.  This year, we will be there again – 1st – 5th August.

If you hadn’t heard, then YRS is:

…a week long hack event (1-5 August 2011) where young and aspiring web developers across the country build their own web apps, visualisations and projects using government data, mentored by great companies with visits from rockstar geeks.

Whizzkids from YRS 2010!

Whizzkids from YRS 2010!

There are 12 YRS centres across the country this year – in 2010 we were one of four.  On the Friday, the team will travel down to London to meet the other and show and tell.  Last year, the “whizzkids” came away with prizes and kudos – no doubt this year will be the same…

We’d love the MadLab community to support emerging talent, so we’ve four calls to action:

1 – Tell a Young Person!

If you know someone under 18, who might be interested to take part, then point them to the YRS website to sign up.  With 12 centres, it could be there is a base closer to home, but we’d also welcome more participants at MadLab

2 – Open Up Some Data

YRS is all about building on open data.  We’ve data.gov.uk, but also the wonderful DataGM project.  If you’ve got a dataset, and no-one else can use it, then you know where to find us – hire the YRS team (OK, so I fudged that a bit too far)!

3 – Become a Mentor

MadLab is full of “rockstar geeks” - can you spare an hour/morning/afternoon/week mentor the YRS’ers?  It could just be you can help turn a developing app into a great app…

4 – Feed the Kids!

We really need pizza.  Al donations gratefully received.  In return, I understand there will be HTML 5 spinning pizza wheels.

YRS is a great initiative – and for the third year running Manchester is a major contributor.  Drop us a line on @youngrewired, or via @stevieflow if you can help in anyway… and follow #yrs2011