What is Vodafone’s Digital Creators’ Challenge?

Vodafone’s Digital Creators’ Challenge invites students aged 11-14 to address the following challenge in teams of between 2-5 people: Create an app that could improve the lives of your local community. 

Can multiple classes from my school enter?

  • Yes, there is no limit to the number of teams your school can enter, providing all team members are aged 11-14 on Friday 24 January 2020.
Where can I find the resources to deliver the competition?

  • All the resources to deliver the competition are free to download from the competition home page.

Do I need to have prior tech knowledge to deliver the competition?

  • No, you do not need to have any prior tech knowledge to deliver the competition with your class. Each of our resources has been designed to take you through the competition process step-by-step so you don’t need to be a STEM expert to get stuck in.

What subject lesson can I deliver the competition in?

  • Vodafone’s Digital Creators’ Challenge is cross-curricular and so can be delivered in a variety of lessons e.g. Science, D&T, Citizenship, Maths or Computing. Students are also able to enter teams from extracurricular STEM and/or other enrichment clubs such as Girl Guides or Scouts.

Can I deliver the competition in a day?

  • You can deliver the competition as part of an off-timetable enrichment day. You will need to download all the resources from sessions 1-5 and deliver these consecutively. 

Are there further resources I can deliver once my students have completed the five core sessions?

  • If you would like additional education resources to deliver in your class or club, please download the follow-on content from our homepage under the plus icon.

How are Vodafone working with partners to deliver the competition?

  • Vodafone has worked with Teach First and Apps for Good and Hopscotch Consulting to develop the competition.
  • All lesson content has been produced by Apps for Good, a charity which works alongside educators to create free, flexible courses that infuse digital learning with teamwork, creativity and entrepreneurship.

What is the competition deadline?

You must submit all entries from your school by 5pm on Friday 24 January 2020.

What are prizes can you win?

  • Every team which enters is in with the chance of being a regional winner, category winner or grand champions of the Digital Creators’ Challenge.
  • Two teams from each region will be invited to a funded experience day at Vodafone HQ, where we will announce the category winners and grand champions. This day will take place on Friday 27th March 2020, with travel on Thursday 26th March 2020 and an overnight stay. The teams you enter will need to be available on Thursday 26th March 2020 and Friday 27th March 2020 in order to take advantage of the prize.
  • Of the regional finalists, two teams will be selected as category winners on the winners’ experience day and each awarded £2,000 to spend on IT equipment. Judges will also decide the grand champions at the winners’ experience day at Vodafone HQ. The overall winning team will win £6,000 to spend on brand new IT equipment.

How do I enter the competition?

  • To enter the competition, you will need to download the Teacher Coversheet and the Team Entry Form. 
  • The teacher submitting the entries from your school must complete the coversheet and each student team must complete their entry form.
  • You must email the entry documents, alongside any supporting materials e.g. photographs, drawings or video (via YouTube or Vimeo) links to us at thedigitalcreatorschallenge@vodafone.co.uk

How do I upload an unlisted video to YouTube?

If you’ve created a video to support your app idea, please upload it as an unlisted video on YouTube and share the link with us via email.

To upload an unlisted video to YouTube please follow the steps below – the process should only take a few minutes to complete.


1. Save your video in one of the following formats:

  • AVI (Audio Video Interleaved)
  • 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project)
  • MOV (QuickTime Movie)
  • MP4 (Motion Picture Experts Group Part 14)
  • MPEG or .MPG (Motion Picture Experts Group)
  • FLV (Adobe Flash)
  • M4V (h.264)
  • WMV (Windows Media Video)
  • WEBM (HTML5)

2. Log into an account on YouTube (your teacher will be able to support with this).

3. Click on the button at the top right of the homepage which has a video camera symbol with a plus inside. A drop-down menu will appear with the option to upload video.


4. When you click on upload video option, a new screen will appear where you can select the video file from your PC or mobile device to upload.

5. Before uploading your video, click on the drop-down menu where it says ‘Public’ and select ‘Unlisted’ from the list that appears on your screen. 

6. Next, select the video from your PC or mobile device and click the open button – this will upload the video directly to your YouTube account as an unlisted link.

7. Once your video has uploaded, complete the basic information section with your video name and a brief description. 

8. Finally, double check the privacy settings are set to ‘unlisted’ and copy and paste the YouTube link for the competition judges to view it. An unlisted video means that only people you share the link with will be able to watch the video and so it is not public. 

How do I upload a private video to Vimeo?

Uploading a video to Vimeo only takes a few minutes to complete but will require you to set a password before sharing it with us.

1. To begin, head to the following webpage where you can set up an account to upload the videos https://vimeo.com/upload

2. Once you have joined Vimeo, you will then be prompted to upload your video from the button which says ‘choose files’. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the video from a folder on your computer into the area where it says ‘Drag and drop anywhere to upload’.


3. Using the drop-down menu under the privacy heading, select the statement which says: ‘Only people with a password can see this video’. 

4. Enter the password for us to view the video. Please remember to make a note of the password and email this to us, along with the link to view the video.

When will judging take place?

  • Judging for the competition will take place in February 2020 to identify regional winning teams. The two category winners and grand champions of the competition will be announced at the regional finalist experience day at Vodafone HQ on Friday 27 March 2020.

What are the judging criteria and what makes a good entry?

  • To see the full judging criteria and guidance on what makes a good entry, have a look at the competition home page under the section titled ‘Everything you need to enter’.

When will winners be announced?

  • If one or more of your teams is selected as a regional winner, you will be contacted in February or March 2020.

Can schools in Northern Ireland take part?

  • The competition is open to all schools in England, Scotland and Wales. However, we invite schools in Northern Ireland to download our free resources to run the activities with their students.

Who can I contact with any further questions?

  • If you have further questions about the competition please email us at thedigitalcreatorschallenge@vodafone.co.uk

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