micro:bit at UK Youth Generation Code 2018
On the 17th March, the Micro:bit Educational Foundation attended the UK Youth Generation Code end-of-programme celebration in the Microsoft Reactor in London. The event featured a number of brilliant hackathon sessions, with one such session by our in-house Wizard David Whale, as well as an industry panelist Q&A including Ross Lowe (a Web Content Engineer for the Foundation). The event was also supported by the Foundation's COO, Kavita Kapoor, as well as active member of the micro:bit community Thomas Stratford, who some might recognise as the author of the brilliant Mr Tom's World blog.
The event marked the conclusion of the the UK Youth Generation Code scheme, aiming to inspire young people to continue applying the skills they have learned and pursue careers in the tech industry.
In the panel session, Ross talked about how he initially became involved with code, as well as outlining his micro:bit story and how he joined the Foundation as Web Content Engineer. He also highlighted how all students should use every opportunity at their disposal and engage with the community to go on to create brilliant things.
"It was great to work with UK Youth and Microsoft at the Generation Code Hackathon, and the team work and innovation of the micro:bit projects was really exciting to see."
– David Whale, micro:bit Wizard
"The UK Youth micro:bit hackathon exceeded our expectations. We set the young inventors a real world challenge based on activity and health, and all teams invented great little products which pushed the boundaries of our original idea much further than we had expected."
Overall it was brilliant to see everyone engaging with the micro:bit and using it to code solutions to problems that could have a real impact on the global community. Read more about the Generation Code scheme here.