News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 7, 2017 and Island Ad-Vantages, December 7, 2017 and The Weekly Packet, December 7, 2017
Teens urged to compete for $5,000 software coding prize

High school students on the Blue Hill Peninsula and on Deer Isle are invited to compete for a $5,000 prize for “the most compelling” software project, according to a press release.

The Pioneer Prize is a local initiative aimed at fostering career opportunities for local teens, and is the brainchild of Blue Hill summer resident and software entrepreneur Lee Buck.

The public is invited to information sessions on Wednesday, December 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Blue Hill Public Library and on Thursday, December 14, at 3:30 p.m. in the Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School library.

The winning submission could be a phone app, a website, computer software, a browser, a robot, an e-commerce business, or something entirely novel.

It does not matter which coding language is used, but the code driving the project must be original. The competition opens on January 15, and project submissions are due to the judges by mid-May. The prize will be awarded in early June, and there will be a second-place cash award.

Teens can compete individually or in groups. The competition is open to 14- to 18- year-olds who attend high school in, or live in, Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Orland, Penobscot, Sedgwick, Stonington, and Surry.

The prize is made possible through the efforts of community leaders and the sponsorship of Blue Hill Community Development (BHCD), a nonprofit organization aimed at promoting a thriving local economy and community.

More information is available at and or by emailing />