Comparethemarket.com opened its doors to teenage programmers this week, as part of the Festival of Code.
The annual Festival of Code is organised by Young Rewired State, taking place from 28 July to 3 August 2014. The not-for-profit organisation supports under-19s with the creation of websites, prototypes and inventive applications at regional sites all over the country.
This year's Festival of Code is supported by Google, American Express, The University of Plymouth, TalkTalk, Plymouth Council and The Met Office, among others.
The teenagers who visited Comparethemarket.com’s headquarters learnt to develop two new web applications, with one using health data to combat obesity and another to enable newsagents to monitor the delivery of newspapers and magazines.
The two teams both from the Peterborough area will take part in the Festival of Code final this weekend in Plymouth.
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Software engineers from the comparethemarket.com web development team offered the teenagers technical advice and mentoring, to help the teams pitch to the judges this weekend.
James Lomas, IT Director at comparethemarket.com, said: “The next tech entrepreneur could be coding in a bedroom near you.
“Young coders face few real or perceived barriers to creating the app that they hope will change the world, and we’ve met a bunch of youngsters who exhibit an enormous amount of passion and creativity.”