Are you a maker, hacker or creator?

We need YOU to help with the 2014 CHRISTMAS LECTURES 'Sparks will fly: How to hack your home'

Prof Danielle George, 2014 Christmas Lecturer
Paul Wilkinson


17 October 2014

In preparation for this year's CHRISTMAS LECTURES ‘Sparks will fly: How to hack your home’, the Royal Institution (Ri) has launched an online community 'Hack Gallery' to help showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the UK and international maker movement. The aim of the new online gallery is to show how with just a spark of imagination and some twenty first century tinkering anyone anywhere can change the world.

The most inventive and imaginative hacks will be selected by the 2014 Christmas Lecturer Prof Danielle George and Ri team to appear in the CHRISTMAS LECTURES broadcast and will be championed across the Ri’s other social media platforms.

The gallery is now open for video and photo submissions at No project is too big or too small!

For example, have you hacked yourself a self-timing dog feeder, modified your house’s light switches, or reinvented your phone? Ideas that use a lightbulb, a phone and/or a motor are particularly welcomed.

Danielle, who grew up in Newcastle, said: “When I was eight years old I was given a telescope by my parents and I was fascinated - I would get up in the middle of the night to watch lunar eclipses. I knew immediately that some form of hands-on investigation was what I wanted to do in life.

“Today’s generation are in a truly unique position. The technology we use and depend on every day is expanding and developing at a phenomenal rate and so our society has never been more equipped to be creative and innovative. I want everyone to realise that that they have the power to change the world right from their bedroom, kitchen table or garden shed.

“If we all take control of the technology and systems around us, and think creatively, then solving some of the world’s greatest challenges is only a small step away. I believe everyone has the potential to be an inventor!”

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