The Digital Open, global expo for youth


The Institute for the Future has partnered with Sun and Boing Boing Video to create The Digital Open, an online tech community and competition for youth around the world, ages 17 and under.

The top project in each category will earn a fantastic prize pack and be featured on Boing Boing Video! Collaboration is encouraged! Remember, the future is yours to make! We want to hear your ideas, inventions and plans for changing the world through technology.

Top projects in each of the eight categories will be selected by a panel of judges, including Eric J. Wilhelm (Instructables), Lawrence Lessig (Harvard/Creative Commons), Jane McGonigal (Institute for the Future), David Pescovitz (Boing Boing), and Dale Dougherty (MAKE). Winners will receive prizes including a PeeCee mini laptop running the OpenSolaris OS, a video camera, a solar-powered flashlight, and other cool stuff.

The Digital Open

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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