ICC Birmingham cracks Festival of Code

The International Convention Centre Birmingham (the ICC) will host The Festival of Code, an annual showcase event for aspiring tech superstars, 31 July-2 August 2015.

Organised by Young Rewired State, the festival brings young enthusiasts together from across the UK to build apps, websites, games and write algorithms to solve real-world problems.

The Festival programme begins on 27 July at over 70 separate locations around the UK. Over a thousand young people aged 18 and under are expected to take part at dedicated centres under the guidance of 300 expert mentors from a variety of organisations, from universities to tech start-ups, charities and larger companies.

The teams will then head to the ICC on 31 July to present their digital prototypes during a weekend showcase.

Ruth Nicholls, MD of Young Rewired State said: “The ICC was the perfect venue for this year’s showcase event as its flexibility allowed us to put our own stamp on the event, whilst still being able to cater for so many attendees.”

The event is free to attend for participants and supported by sponsors from a variety of sectors including SAP, Google and Pearson.

The week-long Festival of Code has been running since 2012, although it ran as a weekend event from 2009-2011. Last year it was held at Plymouth University and Plymouth Pavilions.

Following the success of hosting a remote centre in Kosovo for the duration for the 2014 Festival, Young Rewired State is opening up participation to centres in Europe for the first time, giving young coders in the UK the opportunity to share skills and collaborate with their European counterparts.

Nicholls added: “We chose Birmingham because its central location and easy transport links are perfect for us considering that we have participants from all across the UK and Europe. With computer coding now part of the national curriculum, The Festival of Code is set to be bigger than ever, and the ICC has really helped us take this event to the next level.”

James Elston, sales director at the ICC added: “We are thrilled to be hosting The Festival of Code for the first time and welcoming so many talented young people to Birmingham. Here at the ICC we believe in helping our clients see their events grow, so we are delighted to have provided the opportunity to The Festival of Code.”

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