Coolest Projects online FAQs

Key dates

  • Registration is now closed!
  • Announcement of judges’ favourites: Tuesday 8 June 4 pm BST

How will my project be judged?

The judging process has two phases: shortlisting and the final selection of judges’ favourites.

During the shortlisting phase, your project will be judged twice. The judges will give each project a score out of 10 for each of the following four themes: Coolness, Complexity, Presentation & Communication, and Design & Usability. For the Presentation & Communication scores, the judges will take into account that Scratch projects will be presented differently to projects in all other categories.

In the second phase of judging, our panel of VIP judges will choose their favourite projects.

Your project can only be judged properly if the judges can view and fully understand your project, so check the following before you register your project:

  • The link to your Scratch project or your video must be set to Public, as the judges need to be able to view it!
  • You must answer all three questions in your project, and you must give your answers in English, as the judges all understand English. You can ask someone to translate for you if you need to. If you don’t know someone who can translate for you, let us know at [email protected] and we can discuss how to support you.

How can I enter?

When you know what you want to make with technology, you can register your idea. Then, you can work on your project and turn your idea into a reality! When you are ready to share what you have made, copy the link to your video or Scratch project and register your project for the showcase. Remember, your project does not need to be finished — the focus is on creativity, participation, and most of all, having fun!

How many times can I enter?

You must not have registered the same project in another Coolest Projects event (e.g. Coolest Projects 2020) or you must have made a big change to your project since it was registered in another Coolest Projects event.

You can register up to one project on your own and one project as a team per category.

Category information

Read more about the categories here

Scratch category:

If you have made your project in Scratch, you must enter your project in the Scratch category, even if it’s a game. You can answer the three questions listed below in your project notes.

All other categories (Hardware, Mobile Apps, Web, Games, Advanced Programming):

  1. Make a short video (maximum of two minutes) in which you screen share your code and answer a few questions about your project (see below). View our guidelines for making your video. 

If you are entering a project in the Mobile Apps category, you may use an app emulator in your video.

  1. Upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo (check with your parents/guardians and ensure that comments are turned off).
  2. Register at coolestprojects.org. Your project will then be moderated and added to the showcase when it goes live!

Is my project eligible?

There are a few things that you need to check to make sure that your project can be showcased in the Coolest Projects online gallery. 

  • You must be eligible to take part:

If you’re up to 18 years old and you have made a cool project involving technology, you can join in. You can work on your project as an individual or as part of a team of up to five young people. 

  • Your project must be new:

You must not have registered the same project in another Coolest Projects event (e.g. Coolest Projects 2020) or you must have made a big change to your project since it was registered in another Coolest Projects event.

  • Your project does not need to be finished:

All projects are welcome, from beginner to advanced, in any programming language and using whatever hardware you have available. Don’t worry if your project is not 100% complete — prototypes and works in progress are welcome. 

  • Your project must include the answers to these three questions:
    1. Tell us about your project. Why did you choose to make this project?
    2. What did you find difficult while making your project and how did you work it out?
    3. Is there anything you would do differently or you would add if you had more time?
  • You must present your project and your answers to the three questions above:
    • If you have made a project in Scratch, you must register your project in the Scratch category and include your answers to the three questions above in the Scratch project ‘Instructions’ section.
    • If you have made a project for the Hardware, Mobile Apps, Web, Games (excluding Scratch), or Advanced Programming category, you must create a video that is two minutes long (or shorter) that shows your project and the code that you used to make it, and includes your answers to the three questions above (spoken or in writing).
  • Your project and answers must be in English:
    Your project description must be in English, and must include your answers to the three questions in English. You can ask someone to translate for you if you need to, or you can use subtitles. If you don’t know someone who can translate for you, let us know at [email protected] and we can discuss how to support you.
  • Your project must be shared so that it can be viewed by other people: Ask your parents/guardians for permission to upload and share your project. If you are younger than 13, ask your parents/guardians to upload and share your project on your behalf. 

Once your project is visible in the showcase, it will be available for the public to see. We advise checking it in an incognito browser to check it is viewable. Make sure that you don’t include any personal or sensitive information.

To share your project:

  • If you have made a project in Scratch, share your project on the Scratch website, then copy the link to your project and paste it into the registration form. Make sure the email address has been verified or the judges won’t be able to see it.
  • If you have made a project for the Hardware, Mobile Apps, Web, Games (excluding Scratch), or Advanced Programming category, upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo, then copy the link to your video and paste it into the registration form. The link to your video must not be private and your video must not allow commenting.

You must register your project by 3 May 2021:

Can I enter if English is not my first language?

Projects should be presented in English (written English for Scratch projects, and spoken or written English for video submissions), but you can ask someone to translate for you if needed. If you are making a video and you are not confident speaking English and don’t know someone who can translate for you, let us know at [email protected] and we can discuss how to support you.