Raspberry Pi Creative Technologists

Update: The Raspberry Pi Creative Technologists of 2015-16 have an exhibition of new works on the 23rd of April at Cambridge Pi HQ – Find out more and apply for tickets here.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Creative Technologists programme 2015-16 focuses on supporting and inspiring young people who are interested in creative uses of technology.

We selected 9 young people aged between 16 and 21 years old with a creative pursuit they felt would be enhanced with digital technology.

The 12-month programme consists of:

  • monthly individual and group mentoring sessions, led by Raspberry Pi Foundation staff
  • additional mentoring from industry partners
  • software and hardware project support
  • exhibition opportunities
  • field trips; behind-the-scenes industry visits; exhibitions; events and conferences.

Each participant also received a Raspberry Pi starter kit and a £300 materials grant. The group received a £1000 grant for exhibition costs.

Partners

We have worked with some exciting partners to help out our Creative Technologists with mentoring, site visits and technical advice.

V&A Digital Programmes
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design founded in 1852. The Digital Programmes department promotes innovative digital art and design practices, and collaborative processes; creativity and stimulating discussion.

They can offer mentoring, industry links, event invites and behind-the-scenes site visits.

Writers’ Centre Norwich
Developing towards the National Centre for Writing, WCN is interested in the artistic and social impact of creative writing and works with writers, readers, literary translators and diverse communities on a wide range of ongoing and one off projects and events.

They can offer artistic support and mentoring, practical assistance, grant and funding advice, access to excellent partners and an environment that supports people who want to make things happen.

FutureEverything
FutureEverything is an award-winning innovation lab for digital culture and annual festival, established in Manchester in 1995. For 20 years FutureEverything has been exploring the meeting point of technology, society and culture which lies at the heart of the digital debate.

They can offer mentorship, connections and opportunities to attend some of the events they produce, including FutureEverything 2016.

Pimoroni
Pimoroni is a Maker-run company. They create things with laser cutters and electronics. All produced in their Sheffield workshop.

They can offer advice on developing hardware with a creative heart, design, how to build an audience online then make projects a reality with crowdfunding. You can also use the laser cutter if you ask nicely.

Saladhouse
Saladhouse is an animation studio based in Manchester. It applies a love for character design, animation and storytelling to all of its work. Their animations have a humorous edge, and aim to educate as well as entertain.

They can offer mentoring, technical assistance and industry advice.

Hellicar & Lewis
Hellicar & Lewis use craft, design and technology to work with brands, companies and institutions to invent new ways of communicating in real time.

They can offer mentoring support, practical assistance, industry links and advice on the execution of technical projects within commercial environments.

Important dates:

25 February 2015 – Applications Open

9am 30 March 2015 – Deadline for applications

31 March 2015 – Shortlisted Participants will be notified

Week of 31 March – Participant interviews (online video chat)

18-19 April 2015 – Induction weekend hacklab at Pi Towers, Cambridge

23rd – 24th April 2016 – Exhibition

1st May 2016 – Completion