A calamity of epic proportions hit us in August, and young people all over the UK and Republic of Ireland were challenged to make something using tech to help avert the crisis.

Submissions closed on 1 December. You can check out the awesome winning entries on our blog.

Getting started

When the going gets tough, the tough get making!

We’ve put together a few resources to help you develop starter skills that might come in handy during the apocalypse. While these are certainly not the only skills you need to survive or avert the apocalypse, learning them is an excellent place to start working toward saving the world.

Google Maps API
In this starter skill activity, you can go online and learn how to create custom maps and markers using Google Maps, Trinket, and a bit of HTML code. This will be useful for showing survivors where to find help and safety, for demarcating danger areas, or for leading people to crucial supplies. To get going, you just need a computer and an internet connection.

When you’re lost, the best way to orient yourself is to use GPS satellites for geolocation. In this skill activity you will learn how to connect a widely available USB GPS module to your Raspberry Pi. Then you’ll write a Python script for the module to find your exact position anywhere on Earth!

Camera Module
In any crisis, it’s important to make sure that you are safe before you attempt to help others. Once you’ve found shelter, you need to be able to monitor what’s happening in the outside world from a safe distance. To help you get started, we will show you how to connect the Raspberry Pi Camera Module to your Pi and have it recording pictures and video using a few short lines of code.

These resources are not complete projects, and the skills they will help you learn are not going to be enough to save humankind! Remember: these are only starter skills, they are your basis for beginning to invent something awesome. We need you to apply your ingenuity, adaptability, and innovative thinking to coming up with an incredible idea and making it real…because only you can save us!

Good luck, Pioneers!