I first attended Young Rewired State in 2009 when it was the first event in Victoria.
What is it?
YRS is a week long hackathon with a weekend to demo apps and meet new peers who have travelled to the weekend centre.
The finale venue was amazing, The ICC Birmingham, where the alumni would demo what they have made during the week.
The event attracted lots of media attention, it was a trending BBC article, increasing the reach of the message that software engineering is a fun/rewarding job and certainly a job that will exist for a long time.
Young Rewired State went from 70 young to ~1000 young people in 6 years.
Behind the scenes
Ticketmaster interview about why they supported the initiative.