Young Rewired State

August 22, 2009 → August 23, 2009

For 2011, please visit the YRS 2011 site for up to date info!

For 2010′s event, please visit the YRS 2010 site for up to date info!

Young Rewired State is a weekend event emulating the success of ReWired State's National Hack the Government Day, but this time with hackers aged 15-18.

For the young people

Fancy hacking the Government into shape? Want to create websites and applications that can help you, your school, town, country or the world?

How about we give you Google's offices in the heart of London, technology and a tonne of the country's best programmers and hackers to help and teach you along the way? We'll also give you food and drink to keep you going.

If so, and you're aged between 15 and 18, we'd love you to come to our free weekend to see what you can come up with. We think we're all in for a big surprise.

If you're worried about not being skilled enough, view our skill requirements below.

View skill requirements

As with any geek event, the skill levels required to attend Young Rewired State has been a source of concern for many people. This is totally normal when people first approach a geek group, but very rarely a genuine issue once you arrive.

So here is a brief clarification.

We're not so much looking for skills but rather a mind set. A good indicator of this to us would be you have done something hacky. Here's a brief list of things we'd consider a good indicator: (anything from this list is a sign you're excited by technology, and is by no means complete)

  • Made a website with some understanding of HTML and CSS.
  • Installed blog or forum software and played around - such as wordpress/drupal/phpbb.
  • Written your own script.
  • Have used a unix/linux command line, or Mac OS X terminal.
  • Know basic programming knowledge (ie. 'while loops' and 'if statements' are.)

In other words, we want you to have 'tinkered' with computers in your own time and of your own accord.

If in any doubt, don't hesitate to contact us at and we'll answer any questions.

For the old(er) people

A weekend for teenagers to create hardware and software hacks using government data as well as any other data sets we find that might be useful. Rewired State geeks will be on hand to teach and assist where necessary; and at the end of the weekend there will be a show and tell to government Ministers, civil servants, Press, entrepreneurs and interested parties/sponsors.

This is a group of talent that we think should be encouraged to be more visible, we are also going to take this opportunity to raise awareness of the types of skill now required and make a push to affect the curriculum - which is a woefully poor reflection of the programming languages available and/or useful.


Saturday 22nd August:
10:00 Start
10:30 Planning session
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Hacking starts
17:30 Dinner
18:30 Home (Hacking overnight allowed!)

Sunday 23rd August:
10:00 Back to hacking
11:30 Brunch
12:30 Back to hacking
16:00 Presentations to Judges and Press
18:30 Prizes announced


Tiffany from Stimulation Ltd handled the PR for Young Rewired State 2009.

Get Involved

Once you've done that, get talking:

  • #rewiredstate on freenode IRC

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August 22, 2009 10:00
→ August 23, 2009 00:00


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