The Festival of Code

by yrs in Birmingham

We did it
On 9th December 2014 we successfully raised £21,120 with 156 supporters in 35 days

Growing our annual free Festival of Code to reach more young digital makers across the UK!

by yrs in Birmingham

Flexible funding!

We've been offered flexible funding, which means that if we raise £20,000 in pledges by next Tuesday we can keep it. We're very close, so please do pledge and share our cause!


Who we are_

Young Rewired State is a community of digital makers aged 18 and under. We introduce these young people to like-minded peers at events around the world, where they can team up and use open data to build amazing projects which help their communities!

What we do_

Every summer, Young Rewired State hosts the Festival of Code, our flagship free event. At the Festival our UK community gather at volunteer centres all over the country to build stuff together during a week of the summer holidays, utilising their amazing technical skills to help their communities, and growing their abilities in the process, with the help of expert mentors. They then come together for the final Festival weekend where they showcase what they have built, hear from expert judges and speakers and do loads more civic hacking!

Over the past six years, we've worked with over 2,000 young people in the UK, with lots of our alumni now returning to mentor the next generation of young coders!

What we achieve_

Our community tells us that participating in the Festival is not just a fun experience, it's also one which grows their confidence, develops their skills, and generates heaps of opportunities to improve their futures. By working together and sharing knowledge, participants improve their digital skills, learn about teamwork and communication and make life long friends. What's more they get to hear from some of the most talented and inspiring technologists out there, and in doing so realise the value and potential of their own abilities!

But it's not just the participants who benefit - we all do, because we encourage 'civic hacking' where the young people apply their creativity to solving community challenges and building solutions which improve the lives of those around them!

Why we need your help_

We know that talented young technologists could be hiding anywhere and come from every imaginable background - that's why the Festival has always been, and always will be, free to attend. However, we need your help to keep it that way and keep our ethos of inclusivity alive!

We saw over 1000 young people come to our last Festival of Code. During the Festival weekend, each one of these young people, on average, presented to 250 others, ate 9 slices of pizza and 2 cornish pasties, drank 5 cans of soft drink, walked away with 3 t-shirts and 10 stickers, coded in 3 languages, and used 5 gigabytes of data, and much much more… 

And as of September 2014, we saw the introduction of computing to the national curriculum - so we're anticipating that, in 2015, more young people than ever will want to come along and explore where code can take them outside the classroom! We want to double the number of young people we can accommodate to 2000. This means we need more space to cater for the awesome work they do, more people to help them do it, bigger platforms to showcase their talent and more food to fuel these hungry coders!

When pledging_

We're using GoCardless to save on PayPal fees, however we also have PayPal enabled too so if you'd prefer to use them please feel free to do so. We also have to pay VAT on all pledges, so please consider increasing your pledge by 20% when you check out if you are able! 


If you pledge over £500 you become a Crowdfunder Champion. This gives you the option to have your logo appear on our campaign page and the 'champions' page of the Crowdfunder website. If you have pledged £500+ and would like your logo and pledge to appear then contact [email protected] to have the placement set up.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

As a thank you we'll name you on our brand new website as a supporter.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

We'll send you a Ruby mug and a limited edition Crowdfunder Ruby sticker, we'll also thank you on our new website.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

We'll send you a limited edition Crowdfunder Ruby t-shirt, a limited edition poster, signed by the team, and a thank you on our website.

£75 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£75 Reward

We'll send you a limited edition Crowdfunder t-shirt and poster signed by the team! And a community member will teach you how to make a simple website!

£100 or more

£100 Reward

We'll send you a limited edition Crowdfunder Ruby hoodie, and signed poster and enter you into the prize draw to win an Alan Turing anniversary Monopoly set. You'll also be thanked as a 'Ruby level supporter' on our website.

£200 or more

£200 Reward

The parent's pledge! Cover the cost of your own child coming to the Festival and having a swag bag (limited edition hoodie, t-shirt, mug, sticker) to take to the Festival.

£300 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£300 Reward

You'll get the opportunity to enjoy dinner with the award winning documentary writer and presenter of 'Bang Goes the Theory', Dallas Campbell!

£500 or more

2 of 40 claimed

£500 Reward

VIP Festival pass giving you access to the green room and VIP final seats. You'll also get 4 tickets to the launch party, a Ruby Swag Bag, inc. hoodie, t-shirt, mug, sticker and we'll make you a personal Ruby for use online. You'll also get Twitter thanks and 'Champion' status.

£1,000 or more

6 of 20 claimed

£1,000 Reward

VIP Festival pass and VIP reception invite (18+). Champion status, Twitter thanks, stage shout out at the final and your name on our supporter wall at the Festival. We'll also send you a Ruby Swag Bag, create you a personalised Ruby and give you 6 tickets to the launch party.

£2,000 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£2,000 Reward

You get to set a challenge at the weekend open hack for your business or a charity of your choice! Plus Champion status, Twitter thanks, a stage shout out, your name on the supporter wall, Ruby swag bag, 10 tickets to the launch party, VIP Festival pass and VIP reception invite.

£5,000 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£5,000 Reward

Official sponsor status! VIP Festival access and VIP reception, a message in kick off and wrap up emails to participants, your logo appearing on final presentation lecterns, supporter wall and on the sponsor page of the website, Twitter thanks and a stage shout out.

£30 or more

12 of 10 claimed

£30 Reward

Early bird special - only 10 packages available! Everything from the £50 pledge but at a lower rate.

£70 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£70 Reward

Early bird special - only 5 packages available! Everything from the £100 pledge, but at a lower price!

£175 or more

5 of 5 claimed

£175 Reward

You'll get a limited edition Ruby hoodie and one of five blue circuitboard limited edition Raspberry Pis donated by RS Components. These Raspberry Pis never retailed and the only way to get one is to win one!

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