Event Management

Big Cat were briefed to help host a week long 'hackathon' with promising developers under 18 through the Young Rewired State network.

Objective

• Providing event management consultancy for the Festival of Code weekend, a celebratory weekend following five days of hacks held nationally at rewired centres.
• Sourcing venues and organisation of requirements.
• Supporting Young Rewired State in the running of the event.

Delivery

Event delivered by The Fair.

• Venues for young rewired state within which delegates share and celebrate their successes.
• Provision for overnight ‘sleepover’ for delegates and their parents and carers.
• Broadband and wireless internet for use throughout the site.
• The weekend culminated in an award ceremony in which the talents of Young Rewired delegates were showcased.

Results

• 500 young developers, some as young as 7 years old attended The Festival of Code.
• The Rewired state team invited over 300 adults to the event including mentors, volunteers, parents, carers and a panel of judges.
• 101 projects from 38 centres across the UK contributed to Young Rewired State.
• The event attracted press attention from the likes of The BBC, The Guardian, Computer Weekly and Wired UK.
• Festival of Code judges included Lily Cole, Conrad Wolfram, Aral Balkin, Jonathan Luft and Thomas Grassl and was compered by the actor Dallas Campbell.