18th July 2014

Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code 2014

Luke Hampson

For the second year running, Ordnance Survey’s Innovation team are supporting Young Rewired State’s (YRS) Festival of Code, which is a week-long hackathon event for young people aged 18 and under. YRS is the philanthropic arm of Rewired state, which is the largest independent developer network in the UK.

Young Rewired State's festival of code

We’ve teamed up with The Cathedral Innovation Centre and Totton College to bring one of the YRS centres to the Solent region for the first time. Totton college, along with over 50 other centres, will host four-day sessions for young programmers in its state-of-the-art facilities and members from Ordnance Survey’s Innovation team will be on hand to help the participants create websites, prototypes and apps, demonstrating how geospatial information and technology can enhance their ventures.

Kicking off on Monday 28th July, the young participants, who must have a keen eye for coding and web design, will gather at various centres across the UK for a week of coding. At the start of the week, they will be presented with a number of real world problems and with the assistance of mentors, they’ll spend the time building either a mobile or web application that aims to address an issue of their choice, using their self-taught hacking skills.

Each idea must include at least one piece of open data and throughout the week, we’ll be highlighting the many benefits that location data, including the array of OS OpenData products that are accessible via the YRS list of resources page, can bring to each idea.

After the young people have explored and created their hacks – using various computer languages, they get the opportunity to present their ideas at the grand finale in Plymouth at the end of the week. A number of prizes will be up for grabs, including a trip to have tea at the House of Lords as well as an opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Ordnance Survey’s award winning head office building.

We’re really looking forward to seeing the range of innovative ideas which develop during the week, especially those which include mapping and location data. So, if you are a coder, aged 18 or under and have an interest in attending this free event, we urge you to sign-up as there are still a limited number of places available!