The Pioneer Prize competition will award cash prizes totaling up to $5,000 to the best software projects by high school aged teens in the Blue Hill Peninsula and select towns.
Come up with the idea for the project yourself, and do it yourself — but you don’t have to be totally on your own, or already know everything (or anything) about coding. You can take advantage of mentors (we can help with finding one), and other local or online resources that are publically available.
Sam Bach crafted a roving security monitor built on a Roomba. It was implemented using a custom integration of the vacuum, a Raspberry Pi computer, video capture and motion detection software.
Ennis Marshall enabled anyone with a smart phone to see and control a model train environment. Ennis combined hardware and software to connect his basement with the whole world.
Juliette Claybaugh envisioned an iPhone app to allowed users to store recordings at specific locations. Connecting sound and place, it aspires to give users another way to share their world beyond sight.
The next round of competition will open in January but you can get started today. Come up with an idea, form a team (or go solo) and go for it — but you don’t have to be totally on your own, or already know everything (or anything) about coding. You can take advantage of mentors (we can help with finding one), and other local or online resources that are publicly available.