UK Public Crowdfund £20K for Young Rewired State 'Festival of Code'

The UK Minister for Civic Society, Nick Hurd, last week presented a cheque for £20,000 to Emma Mulqueeny of Young Rewired State. The funds were raised through crowdfunding website

Young Rewired State, asked the public to back them so they could hold a Summer ‘Festival of Code’ where kids would be taught to code and get help and support from leading edge mentors and coders.

The project enjoyed support from Stephen Fry and Martha Lane Fox who tweeted for people to back the bid. It was also featured in Techcrunch, The Observer and Guardian.

YRS were delighted when 138 people backed them and they hit their £20,000 target. Emma Mulqueeny, founder and organiser says, "We are unbelievably thrilled to have successfully raised the funding for Young Rewired State 2012 through It has been a thrilling ten weeks with tweets from the likes of Martha Lane-Fox and Stephen Fry helping us gallop to the end, and a final boost from SendGrid taking us over the line. Now we have wrung our friends, family and social networks dry of all spare cash, we can focus on making this wonderful community proud by delivering the best YRS yet and getting as many young coders as we can find joining in this National festival of code.”

Nick Hurd, MP, Minister for Civil Society, said:

“I am delighted to present this cheque to Young Rewired State on behalf of the people who backed them on This has been made possible by the Government’s Innovation in Giving Fund, which has invested in It’s fantastic to see such a fantastic result. We very much want to see more great business ideas and enterprises benefit and flourish through this kind of support.”

The 2012 Young Rewired State event will run from the 6th to the 11th August. Participants will be set a challenge to build digital products: mobile and web, using at least one piece of open data.

The primary focus  of YRS is to find and foster the young children and teenagers who are driven to teaching themselves how to code, how to program the world around them. It is free for every child to enter, provided they are aged 18 or under and have a rudimentary understanding of programming.

Click here to read our recent interview with YRS founder Emma Mulqueeny.

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