A calamity of epic proportions is underway, and you and your team are the only ones who can save us! Can you create something that will protect the world during the apocalypse? What about something to avert the apocalypse altogether? You have until the 1st of December 2017 to get your survival kits out and your thinking hats on, as you #MakeYourIdeas and save us all!

Pioneers is a digital making challenge for 11- to 16-year-olds in the UK and Ireland. Find a team of up to five equally awesome thinkers and makers, and an adult to mentor you throughout the challenge.

Register here

Submit your make here

Swag and prizes!

To thank our daring Pioneers for their world-saving creations, we’ve put together awesome swag and prizes. Remember, every team that enters receives some cool stuff!

Up for grabs this round are:

  • Swag when you register and swag when you submit
  • All-expenses-paid trip to the Pioneers summer camp in London
  • Exclusive Raspberry Pi T-shirts and hoodies
  • Expertly curated digital maker boxes (by experts, we mean us)
  • Stickers, badges, and so much more!

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!