Northern Ireland's biggest coding event for teens - Kainos CodeCamp returns to Belfast in July and this year we are doing things a bit differently! STEM students can now attend either the Foundation course or the Advanced course depending on your knowledge and experience.
Students on the Foundation course will learn how to build apps from scratch, take part in interactive sessions with IT geniuses and hear talks on everything from cybercrime to artificial intelligence, gaining an insight into the latest tech.
Plus, you'll get to compete for some very cool prizes as well as present your final app or website to a panel of industry experts! Places on both courses are free.
Applications will open on Saturday 2nd June - register below to get an email when places become available.
Learn everything you need to know about coding from our professional mentors
Enjoy talks from inspirational guest speakers and interactive demos of the latest technology
Design, build and launch your own fully-functional app or website using the latest tools and technology
Present your app to a panel of expert judges for the chance to win epic prizes
What you'll get from CodeCamp
Improve your skills, from programming to project management
Enjoy hands-on experience of the latest tech
Get mentoring from our friendly software developers
Kick-start your future with academic and career advice
Be inspired by talks and demos from our guest speakers
Get the chance to win great prizes or even ongoing support for your app
Frequently asked questions
Who can attend Kainos CodeCamp?
Kainos CodeCamp is open to students aged 14-18 who are studying a STEM subject, e.g. maths, science, computing, engineering and technology.
This year’s event will see the introduction of a new Advanced course, open to students aged 17-18 and those who have attended CodeCamp previously,
with all-new course material that has been designed for those who already have a sound understanding of the principles of coding.
Attendees need to be able to commit to attending the course full time for all 10 days – part time attendance will not be permitted.
Which Camp is right for me?
CodeCamp is open to students aged 14-18 and depending on your circumstances you may be eligible to attend the Foundation or Advanced course. Entry criteria is as follows:
Aged 14-16 and HAVEN’T attended CodeCamp before?
If you’re aged 14-16 and haven’t been to CodeCamp before, you’re eligible to take the Foundation course. Here, you’ll gain an understanding of the principles of coding by developing your own app as well as getting an insight into the latest technologies, all with the help and guidance of our skilled mentors.
Aged 14-16 and HAVE attended CodeCamp before?
If you’re aged 14-16 and have attended CodeCamp previously,
and develop your own website with the help and guidance of our skilled mentors.
and develop your own website with the help and guidance of our skilled mentors.
I’ve attended a previous CodeCamp event – can I still come?
Yes, as a previous attendee you are eligible to take the Advanced course. Read ‘Which Camp is right for me?’ for more information.
Due to the popularity of CodeCamp, which sells out every year with large waiting lists, priority for places will be given to students who haven't attended before.
When does the Camp run?
The Camp will run 16 July – 27 July Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm each day.
You’ll need to be able to commit to attending the course full time for all 10 days – part time attendance will not be permitted.
Please note doors won’t open until 10 am so if you arrive any earlier you’ll need to make your own arrangements for somewhere to wait.
Where will CodeCamp take place?
CodeCamp will be taking place in Queen’s University Belfast’s Computer Science Building, 8 Malone Rd, Belfast BT9 6RT.
The last day of Camp, on Friday 27 July, will be held in W5, The Odyssey, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ.
Is transport provided?
We’re unable to provide transport to and from CodeCamp.
It will be up to all participants to make their own travel arrangements to and from Camp, including Friday 27 July where CodeCamp concludes at W5 (located at The Odyssey).
I can’t attend the whole course – can I still apply?
To apply to CodeCamp you must be able to commit to attending full time for all ten days.
If during the course you’re unable to attend for any reason for more than two days in a row, you will forfeit your place.
We ask for this commitment to make sure that everyone gets the most of out the course – each day will build on work done on the previous day, so it’s important you’re there for the whole time.
Do I need to have any previous experience of programming?
This depends on whether you’re taking the Foundation or Advanced course.
Participants of the Foundation course don’t need any previous experience – all you need to have is an interest in software development and our mentors will guide you through the rest.
Participants of the Advanced course are expected to have a basic knowledge of coding, and even some previous experience. For instance, if you’ve attended CodeCamp before, you’ve completed the Foundation course and would be ready to switch things up a gear!
How do I apply for a place at CodeCamp?
Applications will open on Saturday 2 June and close on Wednesday 13 June.
All you need to do is complete the application form, which includes a 250-word statement on why you want to attend CodeCamp.
After the closing date, we’ll review the applications and get back to you to let you know if you’ve got a place.
When do applications open and close?
Applications will open on Saturday 2nd June and close on Wednesday 13th June.
No applications will be accepted after this date. Places are not first-come, first-served but we recommend you apply early if you can to avoid a last-minute panic!
When will I find out if I’ve got a place?
We’ll let you know by Friday 22nd June whether or not you’ve been successful.
How will you choose who gets a place?
We’ll select applicants from everyone who meets the entry requirements based on your 250-word statement about why you want to attend CodeCamp – so take your time to answer this. There's some tips on what we're looking for below.
What should I include in my 250-word statement? What are you looking for from applicants?
We're looking for people who are keen, enthusiastic and interested in all things tech, so you can include anything you think demonstrates that you're one of those people. You can include anything you think shows us your interest in technology. For example, if you've been to any similar events or clubs, explain what you enjoyed about them. If you already have an idea for an app, talk about it. If you have a STEM-related hobby, tell us what it is and why you like it. But most importantly of all, tell us why you want to come to CodeCamp and what you're hoping to get out of it. You don't have to be an expert with loads of experience, you just have to really want to come along to CodeCamp and be committed to making the most of the opportunity. So, make sure your application shows us that you're excited about CodeCamp and tells us why.
Will I need to bring anything?
Please bring your unique confirmation email – either printed or on your phone – so that we can check you are who you say you are! Food isn’t provided so we recommend you bring a packed lunch each day – there is a shop a few minutes away if you wish to purchase something.
For participants of the Foundation course - if you have your own Android device, we recommend you bring this with you to test your app regularly.
What technologies will I experience at CodeCamp?
At CodeCamp, you’ll get hands-on time with lots of different technologies and gadgets, including the latest VR and AR headsets!
What happens if my application is not successful?
We’ll place everyone who submitted a strong application but didn’t get a place onto a waiting list.
If anyone drops out prior to the event, we’ll allocate their place to someone on the waiting list.
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