Join a Week of Code 2016

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1-5 August 2016, daily from 10am to 5pm

It’s back! The week-long coding event for keen young programmers and developers returns to TNMOC on Bletchley Park this year (even though the usual YRS Festival of Code has been postponed to 2017).

We know how much the young coders look forward to the week, so we’re going ahead and running it with the help of long-time supporters Steve Hearnden and Ian Anderson.

What happens?
The format is similar to the Festival of Code: young coders make up teams and each team decides on a project to build during the week - then builds it! There are mentors on hand to help with planning or help to guide the team through unsticking any sticky bits, but for the most part it’s young people’s own work.
On the Friday, each team will upload their project along with a short video or screencast, then take part in judging everyone else’s projects to choose the best project and there will be prizes sponsored by Intel and possibly others!

What sort of projects do people do?
In previous years, projects have covered a wide gamut from hardware hacks using Arduino, Raspberry Pi or custom electronics through web applications written in HTML, CSS, JavaScript PHP or Ruby on Rails all the way to Python games and even Android and iOS apps. Any sort of coding is welcome. Usually teams do well when they have a mix of skills, but even one-person entries have made it to the finals of YRS Festival of Code.

Who’s it for?
Young coders aged 12-17 who are eager to spend a whole week coding with others! Ability is not a factor; good basic computer skills, a basic understanding of some form of coding, a desire to learn and work hard for the week to produce a great project is all that’s required. Oh, and you MUST HAVE your own laptop :)

How to sign up
Places are limited: sign up for a place on Eventbrite
Permission from your parent or carer is required.

Practical details
The Week of Code runs from 1 August to 5 August 2016, from 10am to 5pm each day. It’s part of the National Museum of Computing’s Summer Bytes Festival. (Ask at reception or follow the signs when you arrive.)
Attendees MUST bring their own laptop, tablet phone or other devices, power adaptors, a packed lunch and anything else they need for the day.

Mentors
We’re looking for more mentors to help support the teams on the day; it’s great experience for students and recent graduates or people who work in coding for a living. It can be really rewarding! If you’re interested please email Matthew Yeomans with some details about your skill areas and availability or ask to join our mentors' Facebook group.

Other centres
We’re hoping to join with other previous centres. If you were planning to run a centre for the Festival this year and have decided to go ahead and run anyway, please get in touch - we’ve got a plan to make it possible for every centre to share the competition and judging.

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