28 July to 3 August 2014
The week of events is held in multiple centres across the country, culminating in a huge showcase weekend hosted by the Institute of Digital Art and Technology (i-DAT) and University of Plymouth.
Participants are given government data and challenged to develop digital solutions to real-life problems. They will work alongside peers on coding challenges, helped and supported by professional programmers and mentors. At the end of the week, they will showcase their ideas to an elite panel of judges, with heats running at University of Plymouth, and the grand finale taking place at Plymouth Pavilions, watched by over 1,500 spectators.
Last year Chancellor George Osborne and Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipedia) were present meeting the participants. This year will again see an internationally renowned panel of celebrity judges with national publicity expected. Previous festivals has been covered by local and national press, including The Guardian, The Independent and The Times as well as TV, with an appearance on BBC Breakfast News amongst others, and radio, with a slot on 5 Live. The festival achieved an incredible 1.8 million Twitter accounts reached by #YRS2013, which also appeared in top trends on Twitter during the week.