MK team to compete in Festival of Code

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Creative digital experts in the making

Next month The National Museum of Computing will be entering a team of teenagers for the Festival of Code run by Young Rewired State. The competition aims to foster the next generation of creative digital specialists by providing a fun, stimulating and collaborative learning environment.

For one week – 27 July to 2 August – a team of four at TNMOC will compete against thousands across the world to create a website, app or game by hacking publicly available data. At the end of the week, they will travel to Birmingham to take centre stage to present their work to a panel of expert judges.

In last year’s competition, the nine-strong TNMOC team worked on for different applications ranging from a world map showing levels of conflict and violence across the globe to a real-time weather app sourced from crowd-sourced tweets.

Dave Sussman, co-ordinator of the TNMOC team, said: “Last year we had a team of nine youngsters all under 18 and mostly from Milton Keynes being really creative in sourcing and using digital data. Stimulated by the Museum’s Summer Bytes Festival going on around them, they had great fun in devising apps and websites. In time, this fun will translate into the next generation of employees for this country’s creative digital industries.”

To become part of the TNMOC team register to become an entrant at the Young Rewired State website. Spaces are limited, so apply now.

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