On the 5th and 6th of August, we’re supporting the Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code 2013. This will be the fifth such exciting gathering of talented young coders, designers and developers – all of whom are under the age of 18. Our developer outreach team will be supporting the event by offering mentorship to some of the teams that have entered the competition.
So, what is the The Festival of Code? Essentially, it’s a week-long hackathon for young people, taking place in various centres throughout the UK. From Monday through to Thursday, young people will gather to learn how to code and how to program the world around them.
The participants will be working on creating exciting new apps either individually or as part of a team, with the week building to a crescendo, concluding in a spectacular showcase weekend at the Custard Factory in Birmingham where the participants will present – and be judged on – their amazing achievements created during the week.
And how are we getting behind this great initiative? We’ll be offering support and mentoring at one of the centres – a venue called the Hub Westminster. Throughout the week, we’ll be promoting the importance of location data in today’s world; encouraging the next generation of coders and developers to think about how including space and place in their apps may help them to solve the problems of tomorrow.
This will include introducing people to the range of freely available OS Open Data products provided by Ordnance Survey such as Meridian 2, OS Terrain 50 and Boundary-Line as well as helping people to familiarise themselves with the data.
And as the week is all about coding, we’ll predominantly be encouraging the young people to make use of our web mapping platform OS OpenSpace which will allow them to embed Ordnance Survey maps into the websites or mobile applications that they’re building, for free.
It certainly would be great to see the winning entry utilising Ordnance Survey mapping data in their finished prototypes, so watch this space!
If you are a Twitter user, why not follow the ‘Festival of Code’ conversation on twitter – using the #YRS2013 hashtag?