The PiKon telescope is an astro-cam which uses 3-D printed components and a Raspberry Pi camera to capture astronomical images. The programmable telescope sets the foundation for a community of coders who want to develop their own astronomical and imaging software. The project was devised to demonstrate the impact of disruptive technology for schools, makers, enthusiasts and individuals. The initial phase of the project was able to deliver a prototype telescope at a target cost of £100. The PiKon project was initially funded by the University of Sheffield’s “Festival of the Mind” and Alternative-Photonics, a small scientific consultancy company in North Sheffield. In this lecture I will tell the story of the project to date and describe how you can get involved.