Festival Of Code Breeds Startups Of The Future

Festival Of Code Winners May Be The Startups Of The Future

Startups start with talent, and the talent, as we all know, seems to get younger every year. But it wouldn’t happen if children themselves were not introduced to the word of technology and engineering early, and shown that it can be a fun, creative environment. For the last 6 years, a pioneer of this in the UK has been Young Rewired State , a non-profit founded by Emma Mulqueeny , which runs regular year-round events and hackathons for young people, and, annually, the Festival of Code , which attracts an international crowd. The project was spun out of the parent company, Rewired State , which works with public sector and private organisations to bring a hacker/maker to their challenges. Attending the Festival of Code (this year in Birmingham, England) is a little like attending a sort of music festival with laptops. Children and young teens — bent over screens and things like Raspberry Pies — get together from all round the world to showcase their projects and go into competition for awards. It has a number of commercial and public partners who work with kids and then brings the best to the event. Ever year the event seems to turn out more and more finished products, some of which could almost pass for full-blown startups if you didn’t know the teams behind them were usually somewhere between 8 and 16 years old, and sometimes even younger. In fact, some might even be investible (assuming their parents were involved!). Here’s a run-down of the winners from this year, and TechCrunch’s pick of “the ones to watch”. We’ll have some video for you to watch in the next day or so. Screen Shot 2015-08-02 at 16.17.22 Winner of “Code a better country”: Buoy (Monmouth school) This is a small, autonomous, Raspberry […]