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“To unlock opportunities for growth in technology, it is vital to support those who have a talent and passion for technology and information science.”

Alan Middleton, PA Chief Executive Officer

Winners announced at the 2013 PA Raspberry Pi-making competition awards ceremony

At PA Consulting Group, we believe that in order to unlock opportunities for growth in technology, it is vital to support those who have a talent and passion for technology and information science. This conviction – and our desire to increase enthusiasm for programming, engineering and technology – is the seed from which the PA Raspberry Pi-making competition was born. 

The competition challenged teams from schools and individual inventors to make the world a better place using a Raspberry Pi. 

14 groups of finalists gathered yesterday at PA Consulting Group’s Cambridge Technology Centre for the programming challenge awards ceremony to present their inventions to a "hand-picked" judging panel. The finalists’ ideas show the ingenuity of the next generation of Britain’s technologists and inventors.

View some of the finalists' videos.

The winners

Primary school: age 8 – 11 - The Richard Pate School 

A system to help elderly or disabled people answer the door, especially people who have difficulty walking or who walk slowly. This system aims to eliminate that problem by letting them send a message to the person at the door and unlock the door remotely. 

Finalists: East Sheen Primary School, Norton Community Primary School

Secondary school: age 12 – 16 Dalriada School 

Remembering to take the right number of pills at the right time can be stressful, particularly for those who are elderly or very sick. This automated pill dispenser makes managing medicine easier: the Raspberry Pi connects a pill dispenser and GP, who can programme the administration of the drugs through a website. Correct dosages drop out of the Raspberry Pi controlled pill dispenser at the specified times.

Finalists: Haileybury School, Highgate School, Roedean School, Bedford Prep School

Secondary school: age 16 – 18 - Westminster School 

This weather surveillance device allows you to use the Raspberry Pi to monitor air quality. Living in a city and worried about the air you breathe? The Raspberry Pi will take in information about air quality through the attached sensors and upload it directly to the internet, where it can then be viewed on a smartphone or tablet. This device can measure temperature, carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide. 

Finalists: Dulwich College, Haileybury School

Open category: UNOP 

This system enables home owners to monitor the electricity consumption of their home. The electricity-consumption logging system was based on the communication protocol of an off-the-shelf wireless electricity monitor. The Raspberry Pi was a great choice for the host machine as its electricity consumption is negligible. 

Finalist: Penguin Tutor

Alan Middleton, CEO PA Consulting Group said: “The competition has really engaged the natural creativity and initiative of our entrants. It’s so encouraging to see the passion that young people have about technology, especially as it is now part-and-parcel of our every-day lives. As computing skills are so vital, we should foster the future generation of technology enthusiasts.”

Follow the conversation on Twitter through #PiAwardsPA.

View our press release.

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Dave Smith
Technology and product development
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