Actress and model Lily Cole, known in particular for her roles in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus and Doctor Who, has joined three others to judge the best work from the Young Rewired State Festival of Code. The festival aims to “find and foster” the best programming minds aged 18 and under, and culminates in a prizegiving at Birmingham’s Custard Factory.
Cole’s selection as a judge alongside Aral Balkan, Conrad Wolfram, and Jonathan Luff has been attributed to her work as head of “social giving network” impossible.com, which will launch “later this summer”. The network is designed to facilitate “an economy not based on money”, according to Cambridge graduate Cole, who spoke to Wired earlier this year about the project.
“I am constantly surprised and delighted by the effect Young Rewired State has on everyone who stumbles across it,” said Emma Mulqueeny, director and co-founder of the competition and of Rewired State, according to a report from The Guardian. “I love Lily’s impossible.com project and I know that she is a great role model for kids.”
You can find out more about the Young Rewired State Festival of Code, which will take place between the 6th and 12th of August, on the official website here. You can also read more about Rewired State, the organisation to which YRS belongs, here.