We were so happy with how our project went down on Peoplefund.it. We managed to get Tech Crunch to talk about us and Stephen Fry even tweeted about the project. A huge thanks to Peoplefund.it for making this happen.
You can read all about our project in Tech Crunch http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/12/why-you-need-to-back-young-rewired-state-right-now/
The event in 2012 runs from the 6th to the 11th August. During that week businesses, small and large, around the country act as hosts to local young people, YRS alumni, Rewired State mentors and other volunteers. A challenge is set to build digital products: mobile and web, using at least one piece of open data.
It is free for every child to enter so long as they are aged 18 or under and have a rudimentary understanding of programming - although we do send out free resources in advance of the week for those who are unsure of their skills.
Festival of code
At the end of the week everyone piles on coaches, trains and cars to The Custard Factory in Birmingham, where they will have a night of camp and code, pizza and camaraderie. On the Saturday afternoon they will show what they have made to an audience of their peers, Press, government and industry. Prizes are awarded and lives are changed.
After this they are automatically a part of the growing network of young developers across the UK. Lifetime friendships are born as well as businesses. Mentor relationships are forged and that child is no longer coding alone.
One of the bi-products of YRS is the strong alumni network. Once the YRSers get to 19, they volunteer to return year on year to mentor the younger ones, helping them understand what the week is all about and welcoming them into the broader network of developers — helping them make life-changing decisions.
Sponsors and volunteers
It is all run through sponsorship and volunteers and will always be so. We always find it very hard to get corporate sponsorship, and whilst we will continue to pursue traditional sponsorship routes, we wanted to open the opportunity up to the community of people who, as individuals, would like to contribute to making this week happen.
Money raised is spent on hardship funds for travel, food and subsistence. Other sponsorship will cover the greater costs of the festival and camping.
We received an offline pledge to YRS2012 from SendGrid and have manually added this to the PeopleFund.it amount - bringing us very close to the final amount! So this money will come from the Rewired State account but is being sent to us by SendGrid outside of the GoCardless system. We are not cheating!