Young Rewired State (YRS) has announced Hyperlocal, which aims to allow young people to continue their passion for coding despite the Festival of Code being over.
Hyperlocal was unveiled at YRS’s Festival of Code last week, which saw 1,000 under-19s work together in teams to deliver apps, games and websites in just five days for a coding competition. They were supported by 60 businesses, which opened their doors to the young people for the week. The students were tasked with using open data to solve real-world problems.
The 2014 Festival of Code was supported by Google, American Express, the University of Plymouth, comparethemarket.com, TalkTalk, Plymouth council and the Met Office, among others.
Hyperlocal will allow the young coders from the Festival of Code, in addition to new ones, to continue using their skills in their local areas.
Sponsored by American Express and supported by 30 local businesses so far, organisers are calling for young people to sign up.
During monthly sessions, Hyperlocal organisers will offer new podcasts, videos and how-to guides focusing on a different phase of a typical project’s lifecycle. This will include insights into user experience, design, marketing and building a viable business plan.
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Nicola Mayer from the Yoomee centre in Sheffield has already signed up to run the programme. She said: “After taking a 16-year-old female coder hot out of 2013’s Festival of Code on work experience last summer, we were blown away by her can-do attitude and coding abilities for someone so young – so we knew we just had to get involved this year.”
“This year’s festival really has been one of the high points of our year. The young people's energy, enthusiasm and expectations were incredible, but even better is knowing they are a part of something even bigger after the celebrations end. Hyperlocal's such a great idea and the resources it provides will help to get the sessions off to a flying start. We can’t wait to see them all again to keep them coding and their skills fresh.”
YRS Hyperlocal lead, Kate McDonald, said: “We’re hugely excited to be launching Hyperlocal throughout the UK. After such a successful Festival of Code, we’ve once again been shown just how vital it is that we continue this mentorship and have that support in place so the kids can continue to build on their amazing ideas.
“Hyperlocal gives our young coders the opportunity to further develop together and continue to share their knowledge – using our resources to create well-rounded products to launch into the marketplace. We can’t wait to see what successes come out of the first few months.”