Pioneers

More info for digital makers

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge into the Pioneers challenge, but you need a helping hand, then you’ve come to the right place. Sit down, put your feet up, and read on.

What’s the deal?

In January 2017, we’ll announce the first of our Pioneers challenges. Make sure you register now so that you’re one of the first to hear what it is.

We want you to get together in a team, make something, and share it online. 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.

The challenges have been designed to be open-ended so that you can be as creative as you like. All you need to do is to use digital technologies to make your project. That might mean programming a computer, building a website, hacking some hardware, or using a 3D printer, to name a few possibilities. It’s much more hands-on than just checking your email or creating a PowerPoint presentation, though. The clue is in the hashtag: #MakeYourIdeas.

The challenge will be open for eleven weeks, and you can make your project over as much or as little of that time as you like. It’s totally up to you and your team.

What will I need?

Once you know the theme, you’ll need to come up with your killer idea. Be ambitious, but try to make sure it’s something you’ll actually be able to achieve in the eleven weeks available!

Every team needs a mentor. They must be somebody you know, aged over 18, and sensible. We may devise a test for this.

You’ll also need to think about what materials and support you’ll need to make your project. Your mentor might be able to help here. You could see what’s available at school, check out your local makerspace, or otherwise beg, borrow, or build what you need.

Share with us online

Pioneers is all about sharing. We want you to you to share what you’re making on whatever social media platform works for you, using the hashtag #MakeYourIdeas. We’ll be watching for the most interesting projects, and giving you online love and support. We might even send you some swag!

Your final entry will be in the form of a short video. We’ll be able to share more information about this in the future.

Still have questions? Have a look at our Pioneers FAQ page.