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 Hackathon was to celebrate the achievements of the programme so far. The programme is still being delivered, with its aim to celebrate the achievements of Generation Code and inspire young people to discover the possibilities of technology.

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

In his hackathon session, David taught young people how to code the micro:bit to solve real-world problems, applying MakeCode to diabetes. The aim was to create the best bloodsugar monitor, with students conceptualising, designing, and developing solutions to a vital health issue for millions across the country. The session was especially valuable as it saw students engaging with how technology (and especially the micro:bit!) can help solve real cutting edge problems within the world.

"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 Generation Code.

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