the micro:bit challenge

Your task is to prototype a new technology using the micro:bit. Your solution will improve someone’s life by changing the way they think, feel, or behave. The winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher.

To enter, submit a video up to 2 minutes long that demonstrates your creative idea. You are free to use any extra materials, sensors, or actuators - but it must use a micro:bit as its main computing technology. Your video should also feature yourself and the Lancaster University logo - there’s plenty in your Visit Day box!

We will judge your entries on creativity and potential to change someone’s life for the better.

1. Think of an Idea

Your idea is the key. Can you prototype a new technology, using the micro:bit, that will improve someone's life by changing the way they think, feel, or behave. Your idea can either change the life of just one person or change it for the whole planet.

2. Build a Prototype

Using your micro:bit and any other materials, sensors or actuators, you need to build a working prototype of your idea. The micro:bit needs to be central to the computing technology of your device.

3. Make your Video

We're not expecting the production values of a Hollywood blockbuster! Whip out your phone and make a 2 minute video of your prototype in action. Tell us the problem it tries to solve, and how it tries to solve it. Don't forget to include yourself and a copy of the Lancaster University logo (there should be plenty in your Visit Day box!)

4. Send it to Us

Once your video is complete, email it to us. All of your submissions will be kept in strict confidence. We look forward to seeing your entries. Good luck!

Email us your video


Participating in this challenge is separate to your application to study at Lancaster University and will not affect your application. The competition is only open to applicants who have applied in 2018/19 to study an undergraduate degree programme in the School of Computing & Communications. Entries will be judged by a panel of academics. Winning entries will meet the criteria outlined and the panel’s decision will be final. Entries may be used for publicity purposes and in entering the competition the winner agrees to the use of his/her name and entry in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party. The winner will be notified by email and/or letter within 14 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.