Young Rewired State

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Young Rewired State
Young Rewired State Logo.jpg
Founded 2009
Founder Emma Mulqueeny
Type Non-profit Organization
Focus Young technical talent
Origins Rewired State
Area served
United Kingdom, Berlin, Singapore, New York City, California, Kosovo
Method Running events and schemes to facilitate further skills
Key people
Emma Mulqueeny, Ruth Nicholls

Young Rewired State (often stylized as YRS) was an organisation based in the United Kingdom, which run events and schemes for technically gifted young people aged 18 and under. It brings together young developers, designers, and those with other technical skills to build projects (mainly phone and web applications) that attempt to solve real world problems.[1] Most of the developers participating in Young Rewired State events have taught themselves or learned coding skills outside the traditional school curriculum.[2] It was initially run as an annual event by its now-sister organisation Rewired State, and has since become its own separate entity. The former Managing Director of Young Rewired State was Ruth Nicholls,[3] a law graduate from Cambridge University, specialising in criminal law, penal policy and human rights.

Festival of Code[edit]

Every year Young Rewired State holds a national hackathon where attendees across the UK take part in a competition to make an application that includes at least one piece of open government data. At the end of the week the contestants present their creations to a panel of judges and they can win prizes in a variety of categories. This event was initially called "Young Rewired State", but was renamed in 2012 to the "Festival of Code". Young Rewired State have also run their "Hyperlocal" scheme since October 2014, which aims to re-open the local Festival centres to provide support for local young "digital makers" throughout the year.

According to an article by Emma Mulqueeny, the founder of Young Rewired State, around 5% of the participants are female as of the 2012 festival,[4] although this has since risen to over 30% as of March 2015.[5]

The Festival of Code that would have occurred in 2016 was postponed until 2017.[6]


Throughout the year, Young Rewired State runs various "Hyperlocal" centres across the UK, which provide coding challenges across the year, rather than being focused on one week as the Festival of Code is.[7][8] Hyperlocal generally has fewer centres operating than the Festival of Code, with 21 operating as of 25 July 2015, although it does have three operating outside of the UK.[9][10]


  1. ^ Kiss, Jemima (4 August 2011). "Young Rewired State 2011: Fresh blood, fresh data and fresh hacks". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  2. ^ Fox, Killian; Kappala-Ramsamy, Gemma; Sweeney, Kathy (31 March 2012). "Young coders: ideas for change". The Observer. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Ruth's bio on the YRS Website".
  4. ^ Mulqueeny, Emma (31 March 2012). "Girls and coding: female peer pressure scares them off". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Young Rewired State Tweet for International Women's Day 2015". Twitter.
  6. ^ State, Young Rewired (2016-03-31). "How do we scale? The future of Young Rewired State and the Festival of Code". Medium. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  7. ^ "Hyperlocal - About". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  8. ^ "Young Rewired State - Hyperlocal". Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  9. ^ "Hyperlocal - Centres". Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-25.
  10. ^ "Hyperlocal (archived)". 2015-07-25. Archived from the original on 25 July 2015. Retrieved 2015-07-25.

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See also[edit]

Festival of Code