Submit your make

We’d like you to submit your project by making a YouTube video about what you did, what it was like working on it, what you learnt, what went wrong, what went right…that kind of thing. Don’t worry if you’ve never created a video before: it doesn’t need to be fancy.

This video we made has some tips and tricks to speed you on your way to filmmaking success:

Pioneers: a video about making a video

We’d like you to make a video for your final submission. Here’s how. For more information about Pioneers, and to register your team, head to


  • Use your smartphone on its side to record video (i.e. landscape mode rather than portrait).
  • Make sure there’s no background noise when you’re speaking so that the microphone can capture what you’re saying.
  • If you want to show us something close up, zoom in by taking a step or two towards it (if it’s safe to do that!) rather than using the zoom on your device.

Your Video

This is the main aspect on which we will assess your entry, so it needs to be awesome. Make sure you all watch it through a few times and check these things:

  • Introduce yourselves and your project in some way. We don’t mind whether you do this using titles, end credits, or by talking directly to the camera, as long as we get an idea of who you are and what your project is. The more creative and entertaining your video, the more the judges will like it!
  • Be sure that people can be heard clearly during filming and explanations. If you find that words in some footage are impossible to hear, you can add subtitles, which is easy to do in most video editing suites, including Windows Movie Maker and iMovie.
  • Ask someone who was not involved in the project to watch your video before you submit it. Find out from them if they think there are any parts that are hard to understand, and why they think that – you can then go back and explain those bits more clearly. Remember: the judges are smart folks, but they aren’t as close to your project as you are. Some things that seem obvious to you might not be obvious to them.

Your Code

If your project used code, we’d like to take a look at it. You’ll need to submit it along with your video, so have it ready. This means storing it somewhere online in ‘the cloud’:

  • You can link us to your GitHub page if you have one (we recommend this option).
  • You can save your code as a .doc (Word), .txt (Notepad), or Google Doc file, save it online on a cloud service like Google Drive, OneDrive, pastebin (no account required!), or iCloud, and paste the link into the field on the form. If you’ve got more than one script, attach the link to the folder instead.
  • If you borrowed code from someone else, make sure you reference their work by telling us where it came from. Using someone else’s script is fine as long as you credit the original developer!

Your Plans

If you have copies of schematics, diagrams, or plans from your work, we’d love to take a squizz at them! They will help us understand your process better and give us insight into your brilliance!

  • If you have a GitHub page, you can save the images on your repo and share the link with us (again, this is the option we recommend).
  • You can save your plans as .gif, .bmp, .jpg, or .png files, save them online on a cloud service like Google Drive, OneDrive, pastebin (no account required!), or iCloud, and paste the link into the field on the form. If you’ve got more than one image to share with us, attach the link to the folder instead.
  • If you used plans you found online, or bought kits which you tweaked or used as the basis of your project, let us know that in your entry, too!

Have a look at the previous winners to get an idea of what tickled our fancy last time.