For those who don’t know, Young Rewired State Festival of Code is:
Young Rewired State is a worldwide community of digital makers aged 18 and under. We introduce them to like-minded peers, and expert mentors, at free events around the world, where they use freely available open data to build apps, websites and algorithms to solve real world challenges.
Young Rewired State aims are to (from their website):
- Find and foster a community of young coders and digital makers
- Get them ‘civic hacking’ together: using their skills, to improve their communities
- Promote peer to peer learning
- Provide a fun, inclusive and supportive environment
- Equip these young people with the skills to become the tech stars of tomorrow
I’ve heard and followed YRS for a few years but it always seemed like I was travelling during the events. But this year Emma and Ruth caught me early in the planning and I was able to put it pride and place in my calendar. I was honoured to be asked to be a judge even though I had no idea what that meant….
When I arrived at ICC in Birmingham, a place I have been to many times, I felt an electric vibe I have never felt before. I walked up the to the main floor of the event and BAM! The explosion of excitement hit an elevation I didn’t know possible. Kids coding, excitedly, happily – with a splash of annoyance when it wasn’t working. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: #foc2015, coding, coding for kids, digital, ideas, Mentors, tech, UK, young rewired state, youngrewired
I usually have a theme or reason to update my site – usually around a recent campaign. This one is going to be a bit different. Currently, I’m in Indianapolis (thanks to the IMA!) after being in Chicago talking to some great new/old friends. I’ve also been following a few discussions online and having some interesting conversations.
A huge issue that has been surfacing again is language. I don’t mean French vs English but terminology and the lack of clear definitions to some words / actions. It’s not a bad thing but I’ve seen and heard many conversations lately where terminology is used so loosely without the person defining their meaning and assuming the listener was on the same page. We need to make ourselves very clear in conversations.
ActionTags: future, future curators, ibeacons, ideas, language, mentoring, museums, tech, tips, wearabletech
Ok, we all know museum time is different than normal time but in fairness, they are trying to get better. Hm, I’m not sure I believe that myself but I have to try believing. Regardless – changes have been made and the timeframe from start talking about to start doing is getting smaller. Read the rest of this entry »