Finalist category: Finalist, Digital Skills Award 2014
Young Rewired State is an independent global network of young people aged 18 and under who have taught themselves to program computers. The organisation introduces these children to like-minded peers at events around the world where they use freely available open data to make websites, apps and algorithms to solve real world challenges.
YRS provides a unique approach to encouraging and supporting young people to develop coding skills and related workplace skills. It is a community of people who can help one another, including young people as well as employers and other learning organisations.
Established over five years ago it now runs a series of events, both in the UK and overseas, including the annual ‘Festival of Code’. These events provide an opportunity for developing talent to further their understanding of working with open data and they offer a creative and fun environment for coding kids to meet like-minded individuals, and escape the isolation of coding in their bedrooms!