Birmingham to host international ‘Festival of Code’ for young developers

Young people from around the globe will gather in Birmingham this year for the ‘Festival of Code’ hack event to showcase the finest apps, websites, games and algorithms created to solve real-world problems.

The festival, which is run by Young Rewired State, will this year see thousands of young developers and expert mentors unveil their digital prototypes during the festival weekend on 1-2 August at the Birmingham International Convention Centre.

For the first year, computer programming has been included in the curriculum, boosting the range of skills which will be celebrated at the event. Participants will be faced with tackling a variety of programming challenges set by sponsors and partner organisations including SAP Google and Pearson.

Alex Christie, 18, who has attended the last two festivals, recently attracted venture capital funding to take his freelancer matching and rating app, ‘briefly.io’, to market, as a result he will be a speaker at this year’s event.

“The event provides a great opportunity for young programmers to come out of isolation and deliver a working prototype as a team. The lessons learned from the Festival of Code make it a great platform from which to continue in the tech industry,” he said.

Entrants can work on their designs during the Festival of Code from Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July at one of 60 participating centres across the UK.

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