Pioneers – FAQs


It’s a brand-new programme for 12- to 15-year-olds who like to make things with digital technology, brought to you by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Every few months, we’ll set out a challenge to inspire you to get creative with technology and share what you make with the world. Everyone who takes part will get kudos and respect. The most impressive, interesting, and ingenious digital makes will win money-can’t-buy prizes and cool swag. What’s not to like?

What do you mean by digital making?

Digital making is the process of creating something using digital technologies. You might be programming a computer, building a website, hacking some hardware, 3D printing physical objects, and lots more besides. It’s more than just checking your email or creating a PowerPoint presentation, though. The clue’s in the hashtag: #MakeYourIdeas.

Will I have to use a Raspberry Pi computer?

No. We think Raspberry Pi computers are awesome (obvs), but that’s just one of the materials available to digital makers. We’re looking forward to seeing a wide range of technologies used in your creations.

Who can take part?

Pioneers is open to 12- to 15-year-olds living in the UK; if you’re in year 7/Primary 7 but aged 11, or year 11/S4 but aged 16, then you can still take part in the Pioneers challenges. We hope to open it up to young people all over the world soon. You’ll need to be in a team of no more than four people (AIs and robots don’t count towards your team limit). Every team needs an adult mentor, who can be anyone sensible that you know who is aged 18 and over.

Sounds great! Can I start now?

Not quite, sorry. We’re announcing the theme of the first challenge in January 2017. In the meantime, you can register your interest to make sure that you’re one of the first to hear what it is.

No, but seriously, I’m really keen. What can I do now?

Apart from registering your interest, you can start sharing your cool makes with the hashtag #MakeYourIdeas on Twitter, YouTube, InstagramFacebook, and Google+, or you can Snap Raspberry Pi.

Still have questions? Drop us a line at and we’ll try to help.