OpenUK Kids Competition 2020

Promoting UK Leadership in Open Technology in education.
Bringing 5 Regional Finalist teams to London on 20 October 2020, to the Red Hat Innovation Labs for a code camp and finalists hack attended by double Grammy Award winner, Imogen Heap.

The competition is supported by Red Hat and we are also grateful to GitHub, the micro:bit Foundation, Pimoroni, MiMU and TheLearning Partnership.

We will engage with the UK’s young people in technology collaboration using Open Technology. The challenge is open to collaborating teams of 4 students from Key Stage 3 (or equivalent) children between the age of 11 and 14 years of age.


The competition and supporting resources are designed to help equip students with the skills, knowledge and experience in Open Technology to begin their learning path around the meaning of Open using the UK designed MiniMU glove kit and BBC micro:bit to kick off a skills learning process that will help the UK meet the challenges of tomorrow’s technology and future leadership in  Open Source Software, Open Source Hardware and Open Data.

Each group of 4 Key Stage 3 (or equivalent) children must have an adult to register on their behalf, be available to come to London on 10 and 11 June and have 2 gender appropriate suitable adults to travel with them to London on those dates.

Up to 100 qualifying groups of 4 children may enter, but only 1 group per participating school or community group may enter.

Entry is free to enter to up to 100 schools, subject to Regional caps on entry and travel to London for the 5 Regional Finalist teams will be organised by OpenUK thanks to the support of Red Hat.

The groups will be spread across the whole of the UK, with a limited number of places available in each “Region”. Our definitions of “Region” for this event and number of available places in each of these are:

  • England – North, 30 places;
  • England – South, 30 place;
  • Northern Ireland – 10 places;
  • Scotland – 20 places; and
  • Wales – 10 places.

One winning team from each Region will be brought by OpenUK to London on 10 and 11 June. They will compete in the Competition Final at Red Hat’s Innovation Lab in Monument, London on 11 June having had the opportunity to spend the night before in London.

Spending the day in the Innovation Labs they will meet double Grammy Award winning singer and MiMU glove creator, Imogen Heap, who will be amongst the inspirational folk joining the finalists in the Innovation Labs for the Finals Day, where one winning team will be selected from the 5 Regional Finalists.

Regional Finalist Teams will be decided by a combination of their leader board scores against the specified criteria and the Judges’ decision as to the best video diary submissions.

Wishing all the teams, the best of luck.

Registrations Open from 5pm UTC 2 March – midnight UCT 29 March

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