Mission to Mars, April 8th - 11th 2019 - Software Cornwall

Software Cornwall is pleased to announce that another Mission to Mars is being prepped, ready for launch in early April 2019. The four-day long work experience program invites budding software developers to code Ada and Alan, our Mars rover robots, allowing them to traverse the tricky Martian terrain in search of extraterrestrial life.

For the experience, small groups of participants, aged 14+, will take the form of an exciting new startup that has won a contract to deliver a software-driven product. The teams, with support from industry professionals, will work on a number of challenges in order to fulfil the contract.

On the final day, each startup will have the opportunity to present their work to local employers and developers, and talk to them more about their businesses, jobs, and career opportunities as well as get advice on the best pathway to working in the software sector in Cornwall.

During the mission, applicants will:

  • Develop solutions using C++ for Raspberry PI and Arduino based hardware.
  • Work as part of a close-knit team.
  • Create software using an Agile development process.
  • Test solutions before deploying onto the rovers.
  • Present their product to potential ‘investors’ and VIPs.


April 2019 Mission Details

Location: A-Level Centre, Cornwall College, Tregonissey Road, St Austell, PL25 4DJ
Date: 8th April 2019 – 11th April 2019
Time: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Dress Code: Smart Casual


More Information

For more information about the Mission to Mars work experience program including job description, person specification and the participant risk assessment, take a look at this document.



To apply for the April 2019 mission, please complete the form below, or by visiting https://goo.gl/forms/l8ZTXmcvncpd1l4N2