How much time is it going to take?

We expect you to take part in 3 hours of online video calls per month, and to spend at least 4 hours a week working independently on your projects.

The course will run for 12 months from April 2015 to April 2016.

How experienced do I have to be?

You can be an experienced creative or technology professional or just starting out.

We are looking for a mixed ability group. The more experienced participants may be able to support the less experienced. Those who are new to hacking with technology will have unusual ideas that will encourage the experts to think differently!

We are primarily interested in people who have exciting ideas, and the commitment to achieve them.

Do I have to have used a Raspberry Pi before? 

Absolutely not – we are interested in your passion for creative technology, but we don’t expect you to have done any computing programming or to have used a Raspberry Pi before. But if you have – that’s great too!

I’m currently studying at college or university, can I apply?


I turn 16/22 during the programme, can I apply?

As long as you were born on or before 18/04/1999 and on or after 18/04/1993 you can apply.

(If you were born either of those dates exactly, and your application is successful, Rachel will make you a birthday cake for the induction weekend.)

I have a disability that may impact on my ability to take part in the programme activities, can I still apply?

Yes. Please contact rachel@raspberrypi.org before applying and we will discuss the support we can offer should you be selected for a place.

I am unable to make one of the dates you have listed on the itinerary.

18-19 April 2015 in Cambridge is compulsory – this is when we will be introducing you to the course and the mentors.

We understand if you are not able to attend every field trip, but we do expect you to attend the majority of trips.

We will aim to give at least 6 weeks notice of any field trips.

I live outside of the UK

We will only cover travel costs within the UK. You must be able to attend UK field trips and also be willing to work with the time difference for video chats.

I can attend all the online mentoring but not the field trips or hacklabs, can I still apply?

This year we feel that the meetups are a really important part of the programme. As this is our first year, we want participants to be able to be involved in all elements of the programme.

Keep an eye out: We will be exploring different ways of running future programmes and this may include a exclusively online mentoring format.

Will I have IP rights over what I create whilst on the programme? 

All the work you produce on the programme will belong to you.

We reserve the right to use photos, videos and blogposts produced of/by participants for publicity of the programme – and to show off your amazing projects to the wider world!

I did not get selected for the programme and I am not happy about it.

We are looking for a wide range of different abilities, experience and interests for the course – it could be that you had a very strong application but we felt we can make more impact on another applicant’s development.

All selection decisions are final. Feedback on individual applications will not be possible.

All applicants will be notified if they have been shortlisted or unsuccessful by 1st of April 2015.

More Questions? 

Send an email to rachel@raspberrypi.org with any questions or we can arrange a phone call.