Coolest Projects UK is a world-leading showcase for young innovators who make stuff with technology. If you’re under 18, and making something with technology for fun, to solve a problem, or as a creative outlet, then we want you to come out and share your projects with us! This event takes place at The Sharp Project, Manchester, UK on Saturday, 2 March, 2019.

Key Dates:

  • 7 January, 2019: Project Registration Opens
  • 7 January, 2019: Travel Bursary Applications Open
  • 7 January, 2019: General Public Tickets made available
  • 10 February, 2019: Project Registration Closes
  • 11 February, 2019: Travel Bursary Applications close
  • 11 February, 2019: Accepted attendees will be notified
  • 02 March, 2019: Coolest Projects UK takes place


Coolest Projects UK is open to all young people under 18. Register your project to participate in the showcase in Manchester together with hundreds of other young tech creators from around the UK.

All projects are welcome, in any programming language or using whatever hardware you have to hand, and whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert.

You can work as an individual or as part of a team of up to five. Coolest Projects events are open to all levels of ability; the focus is on creativity, participation, and most of all on having fun!

Entries can win awards in different categories, from games and mobile apps to advanced programming. You can read about the categories here.

The project registration form is simple, and you should complete it with the adult accompanying you to the event.

Successful applicants will be notified on 11 February 2019 at the latest.


Coolest Projects UK is open to the general public, giving more people the opportunity to become inspired to create with technology.

Tickets have a nominal fee of £1 for adults and are free for anyone under 18.


This event takes place at The Sharp Project, Manchester, UK on Saturday 2nd March 2019.

The Sharp Project,Thorp Road, Manchester, M40 5BJ, United Kingdom

To view on Google Maps, click here.

Click here to view how to travel to The Sharp Project.

Our goal is to ensure projects from all over the UK are able to attend. Therefore, those travelling from outside the Manchester region are eligible to apply for a travel bursary before 11 February.


Coolest Projects UK can serve as a fun family day out, educational school trip or an inspiring visit for any young people interested in taking part in the future.

Workshops, speaker series, showcases and awards will all be scheduled throughout the day with lots of fun activities for young attendees to engage with.

Doors open to the public from 10.30am and the event will finish at 3.30pm.

A full schedule of activities on the day will be updated closer to the event.


In order to run an amazing event for the hundreds of young people who attend and present at Coolest Projects, we need volunteers with a wide variety of skills, non-technical or technical!

Volunteers help with many different aspects of Coolest Projects, such as assembling the event space, greeting and registering participants as they arrive, helping out with social media, assisting young people with setting up their projects, and supervising recreational areas. Volunteers are typically allocated a role and briefed on the morning of the event.

Volunteers will be required to sign up by filling out the volunteer form below. A member of the Coolest Projects team will receive your application and respond to you about the next steps.


Is your organization interested in the opportunity to reach an audience that is passionate about empowering youth in STEM? We have many sponsorship levels for Coolest Projects, so please contact our team at [email protected] for more details.


Your donation ensures that youth participants can have the experience of a lifetime and that this free event is fun for everyone who attends. Please contact our team at [email protected] for more details.