Duke of York and Young Rewired State launch Peer to Peer Challenge

The Duke of York and Young Rewired State launch the Peer to Peer Challenge, a competition to encourage young people to learn programming

The Duke of York and Young Rewired State have launched a competition to engage young computer programmers.

The Duke of York: Peer to Peer Challenge will run for five weeks and aims to encourage young people to design and submit prototype websites, games, apps and videos to be presented to a panel of judges.

Google is supporting the competition, which asks participants to choose one of five coding challenges. These include website creation for a site designed to allay parental concerns about the internet; and designing an app or creating a video tutorial to encourage others to learn programming.

Emma Mulqueeny, chief executive of Young Rewired State, said: “With so many programmers learning through self-directed means – often picking up these skills as a hobby in their bedroom – our initiative will offer a platform for the value of these skills to be recognised and showcased to a captive audience.

“We’ve experienced rapid growth as a coding movement and the support of the Duke of York and Google in our latest endeavour demonstrates a clear recognition that training the next generation in skills for the digital economy will be key to innovation, jobs and wealth-creation in the future."

Alison Cutler, education outreach manager at Google, said: “The explosion of technology in the world around us has resulted in huge opportunities for talented computer scientists. Both Young Rewired State and Google are passionate about expanding access to coding, so that young people from all backgrounds have the opportunity to become creators – and not just consumers – of tomorrow’s technological innovations.

“Initiatives like the Peer to Peer Challenge are vital in inspiring, engaging and retaining students in the field of computing and we are excited to see what the young coders create through this initiative.”

The Duke of York: Peer to Peer Challenge is open to anyone under the age of 18. The deadline for entries is 12 April 2014. Winners from each category will be invited to Buckingham Palace to receive their awards from Prince Andrew the Duke of York.

This week Prince Andrew headed to Yorkshire to encourage hundreds of small businesses to take on more apprentices. Launched during National Apprenticeship week, the Leeds City Region Apprenticeship Challenge hopes to increase the number of SMEs offering apprenticeships by 1,000 during the next year.

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