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Pioneer Prize - Recognizing Students With a Passion for Software

Are you interested in software and apps and using technology to do cool things?

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.

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This is your project to win.

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.

2019 Winners

Pioneer Prize 2019 Winners

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.

Pioneer Prize 2019 Winners

Chloe Sheahan & Millicent Fleming formed a team to create a quiz show game featuring “spoilers” of famous books to engage potential readers. It was implemented as a website using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

2018 Winners

Pioneer Prize 2018 Winners

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.

Pioneer Prize 2018 Winners

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.

Will you be next?

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.

Questions?

Contact us at [email protected]. Please join us!