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What is the challenge?

do your :bit is a new global micro:bit challenge for children and teens. Test your imagination and combine creativity and technology to come up with solutions for the Global Goals.

What are the prizes?

6 winners, or a representative from the winning team, from regions across the world will win a trip to London, UK, to take part in an exciting do your :bit event and receive a selection of micro:bit goodies from our Community Partners.

There will also be micro:bit prizes for regional, individual, or team runners-up.

Who can enter?

Young people aged 8 – 14 anywhere in the world can enter the challenge. You can enter on your own or as part of a team. Teams can contain up to 3 members.

You can read the full challenge Terms & Conditions here.

How to enter

Using technology we want you to design and make a solution to a problem that affects you and your community or another community somewhere in the world.

This could be a device that will reduce the amount of plastic used in your school. Or a solution that encourages people to look after the trees in their community. We've created resources to inspire you based on Goals 14 and 15 but you can work towards any of the Goals.

Whatever the issue, we’re interested to hear how you would go about solving it. Use your imagination and be as creative as possible!

To enter the challenge, you will need:

  • a written entry describing what your solution is for. Which Goal have you focused on? What have you created? Why have you created it? Who is it for and how will it help your community or another community? (no more than 500 words)
  • a paper prototype showing how your idea will work. This should be a photograph of your plans. Perhaps draw your solution with notes on how it will work
  • OR a .hex file of your prototype code
  • you can also include a video or photos of your project in action if you want to

You can code your device using the MakeCode block and text-based editor or the Python text-based editor.

If you don’t have a micro:bit you can still enter the challenge. Test your ideas using the MakeCode editor simulator and send us your paper protoype.

The full challenge Terms & Conditions are here.

Good luck!

Dates

15 September
2019

do your :bit is open!

28 February
2020

Challenge closes

9 March
2020

Judging begins

23 March
2020

Winners notified