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Developing the digital makers of the future

In 2012, Nominet Trust and Nesta in partnership with Mozilla embarked on a project to develop a programme to promote digital making skills to young people across the UK. The aim; to mobilise a generation of young people with the drive, confidence and know-how to make new technology – whether websites, apps, hardware, games or brand new innovations.

Investing in projects that increase participation in digital making

The Digital Makers Fund aims to support innovators with bright ideas for significantly increasing the number of young people who participate in digital making.

Earlier this year, in partnership with Mozilla, the first call awarded £260,000 to seven projects (up to £50,000 each).  This backing helped Code Club on their way to creating 1,100 clubs since they set up in 2012, Technology Will Save Us to develop new DIY technology kits and Printcraft’s 3D programme bring to life 2,000 Minecraft creations.

The second call is now open and we are keen to hear from people, projects and organisations that use young people’s interests, passions and pastimes as a gateway to digital making, from 3D printing and physical computing to coding and programming. The deadline for applications is 14 November 2013 via www.nesta.org.uk/digitalmakersfund A series of workshops are taking place across the UK in October and November for interested applicants.

We hope to make grants of between £20,000 and £50,000 in February 2014 alongside a package of tailored support which includes expert advice and mentoring. 

The fund is supporting more projects which will equip young people (ages 4-18) with the skills they need to become confident digital contributors and makers.

Whether it’s teaching digital making skills in new ways, driving participation from new groups of users or helping young people to create new digital products, the fund aims to support organisations that want to take digital making to the next level.

Details of the successful applicants from the first call were announced Spring 2013, find out more.

Make Things Do Stuff

Nominet Trust and Nesta are the founding partners of Make Things Do Stuff, a campaign and website developed to mobilise the next generation of digital makers.Make Things Do Stuff was launched at the Roundhouse in London in May 2013.

View the highlights from the day.


Working together with partners from across the sector, including, O2 Think Big, Apps for Good, Coding Club grassroot groups, educators and many more, this campaign is leading a mission to inspire the next generation of young people to make the shift from consuming digital technologies, to making and building their own.

Make THings Do Stuff Launch image

The Make Things Do Stuff platform brings together a collection of resources to enable young people to become digital makers. The site includes advice, support and tools to help young people who want to code a website, create a game or even build a 3D robot.

The site also highlights events and competitions, where makers can share what they've done and connect with likeminded people.

For more on the Make Things Do Stuff campaign visit MakeThingsDoStuff.co.uk or follow @MkThingsDoStuff on Twitter.