Duke of York and Young Rewired State launch competition for UK’s young coders

The Duke of York: Peer to Peer Challenge is a coding competition aimed at youngsters which was launched today, and will run over the next five weeks.

Put together by Young Rewired State, a youth coding group, along with the Duke of York – and backed by Google – the contest poses five different challenges that under-18 programmers can undertake.

The challenges include designing an app or website, a game prototype, or an online video tutorial which shows how to begin producing an app (with a three minute time limit, the latter will certainly be a challenge).

The competition will run until 12 April, whereupon the pieces of software will be judged, and the winners in each of the challenge categories will be summoned to Buckingham Palace where they’ll receive awards from the Duke himself. One of the judges, incidentally, will be Conrad Wolfram, the famous mathematician and technologist.

Emma Mulqueeny, CEO of Young Rewired State, said: “With so many programmers learning through self-directed means – often picking up these skills as a hobby in their bedroom – our initiative will offer a platform for the value of these skills to be recognised and showcased to a captive audience.

“We’ve experienced rapid growth as a coding movement and the support of The Duke of York and Google in our latest endeavour demonstrates a clear recognition that up-skilling the next generation in skills for the digital economy will be key to innovation, jobs and wealth-creation in the future.”