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PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2021

Our annual Raspberry Pi Competition - now in its ninth year - promotes STEM education by challenging schoolchildren to invent systems that could benefit society using their engineering and coding skills. The ingenuity of children is remarkable, so we give it a place to thrive.

For our next competition (which teams can register for now), we’re challenging 8- to 18-year-olds to design technology to help create a positive future for everyone as we come out of an unprecedented period of uncertainty.

COVID-19 has been a once-in-a-generation challenge. But, we’re seeing inspiring examples of where it’s catalysed the best of humanity and unlocked our inherent ingenuity. So, we’re asking the teams to imagine a world where we can:

  • develop a cleaner, most sustainable world
  • be better prepared for the unexpected
  • interact safely and effectively, whether at work, study or leisure
  • support the health and wellbeing of everyone
  • get urgent supplies into the hands of those who need them most.
  • School years 4-6
    School years 7-9
    School years 10-11
    School years 12-13

    We reserve the right to alter the categories.

  • The competition is completely free to enter – the only cost is your time and any equipment you need (up to the £100 limit). We’ll even help the finalists with the travel costs to London to ensure they can enjoy the Raspberry Pi Awards Day.

  • Each team should consist of a minimum of two and a maximum of seven students. In addition, each team requires an adult sponsor (the “Designated Contact”) to complete the registration and to accompany the teams to the events. We suggest a minimum of two adults support each team. There is no limit on the amount of entries per school, college or club. 

  • All entries in the first round must be submitted by midnight, Friday 30 April 2021. By this time, each participating team must have completed and submitted the registration form and all eligible teams must have invented something that utilises the Raspberry Pi in accordance with the Competition Rules. Your entry must include proof of working in a format of your choice, a brief summary of the project (500 words maximum) and a comprehensive build guide showing others how you produced your Raspberry Pi project including what you produced. This must include: A bill of any software modules and additional hardware, publicly hosted source code for software, instructions and a video presentation up to five minutes long hosted on a video sharing website (eg YouTube). The competition awards day has been confirmed for Wednesday 26 May 2021. The event will be an ingenious virtual experience.

  • The Designated Contact must complete the application form. The Designated Contact should have the approval of the Head who must consent in loco parentis. Parental consent forms will be required in the event that the team is shortlisted for the final.

     

  • Teams may use a limited amount of additional hardware (over and above a display unit, keyboard, mouse, SD card and internet connectivity) with a budget of approximately £100 not including the cost of the Raspberry Pi itself. Any software modules used must be available as source code (and under an open source licence).

    Most of the software processing involved in each project should take place on the board of the Raspberry Pi.

  • The prize for each category is £1,000 per winning team. PA reserves the right to change prizes for the competition but will give notice via the Designated Contact at their earliest convenience.

     

  • We will appoint a judging panel consisting of employees from PA and other organisations. We reserve the right to remove or appoint judges at any time throughout the Competition. The judges’ decisions on all matters arising in connection with the PA Raspberry Pi Competition are final.

  • Entries will be evaluated on their creativity and originality. The judges may take into account a number of factors including but not limited to:

  • There are 100 free Raspberry Pi development kits (including a Raspberry Pi, case, power supply, SD card, keyboard and mouse) which will be allocated on a first come first served basis to all categories of the Raspberry Pi Competition. You will be notified by PA if you are eligible to claim as soon as practically possible after your application is received. Free starter kits are limited to a maximum of two per school, college or club.

     

  • If a team is unable to attend the final then they may have to withdraw from the PA Raspberry Pi Competition. PA reserves the right to select an alternative team to take the place of any team unable to attend.

  • As this is a competition which we anticipate will attract press and other interest, all participants under the age of 18 must have the required authorisation from their parents to have their photo taken and for their image to be used in connection with the Competition and promoting PA. As part of the Competition requires entries to be uploaded to a video sharing website, the Designated Contact is responsible for obtaining the appropriate consents for this. A Consent and Release Form must be completed for each team member and supplied to us on request.

Meet OUR new judges

We’re delighted to present the judges for the PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2021. They will help to judge the ingenious entries from the school teams and decide on the category winners on awards day.

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Andy Lord, London Underground & TFL Engineering

Managing Director

Andy Lord, London Underground & TFL Engineering

Managing Director

Andy is the Managing Director of London Underground (LU), the world's oldest underground railway. He’s responsible for the safe, reliable and effective operation of the service, and for delivering the priorities and objectives set out in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and TfL Business Plan. Made up of eleven lines, the Tube handles approximately 4.8 million passengers a day, or 1.379 billion passengers every year. Andy joined LU in November 2019, having spent nearly 30 years in the commercial aviation sector. Andy joined British Airways as a sponsored undergraduate in 1989, where he gained an honours degree in mechanical engineering. His career there saw him take on varied roles across engineering & operations, culminating as Director of Operations for just over 7 years. Andy’s most recent position, prior to joining LU, was with Menzies Aviation where he was Executive Vice President, with overall responsibility for all aspects of the business and operations for the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Andy is also a Non-Exec Director for the Defence Equipment and Support Agency, the bespoke trading entity & arm’s length body of the UK Ministry of Defence responsible for all aspects of procurement & services for the UK Armed Forces. Andy lives in south-west London and is married with three teenage children. He’s an avid England, Harlequins Rugby Union and England cricket supporter, as well as a poor golfer. He enjoys travel and entertaining.

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Caroline Gorski, Rolls-Royce

Group Director - R² Data Labs

Caroline Gorski, Rolls-Royce

Group Director - R² Data Labs

Caroline Gorski is Group Director of R² Data Labs, charged with developing the strategy and implementation of data innovation technologies and capabilities for Rolls-Royce that lead to new insights, new solutions and new business models, generating substantial value for the Group. R² Data Labs was formed in 2017 to be a catalyst and accelerator for Rolls-Royce data innovation.

R² Data Labs works across the Rolls-Royce Group as federated community of practice. Working collaboratively with Business Units, we identify, test, prove and accelerate new technologies and business models that best position Rolls-Royce to adopt, deploy and industrialise market-leading data innovation, creating change and positive disruption. We develop and mature the new data innovation expertise capabilities and digital first culture needed to achieve Rolls-Royce’s digital strategy.

R² Data Labs are specialist practitioners, who create vibrant communities of practice in the pioneering capabilities and tools that are critical to accelerate data innovation and raising Rolls-Royce’s digital readiness levels,

  • AI, machine learning & data engineering emerging technologies
  • Ecosystem-led open innovation & venturing
  • Business model disruption
  • Building digital skills and culture
  • Data innovation best practice, methodologies and operating models

Having graduated from Oxford University with an MA, Caroline has spent 25 years analysing, advising and managing strategic change at the leading edge of technology development, including as Head of IoT and Digital Manufacturing for Digital Catapult, part of the UK Government’s innovation support network. Currently, she holds NED and Board Advisory positions for CENSIS and Sensing Feeling as well as roles advising and supporting regional and national governments around the world in Digital Strategy development.

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Dominic Lenton, E&T magazine

Managing editor

Dominic Lenton, E&T magazine

Managing editor

Dominic has been a technology journalist for nearly 30 years, most recently as managing editor of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s monthly magazine E&T (www.eandtmagazine.com).

During that time he’s covered a wide spectrum of topics but has maintained a particular interest in education and how young people can be encouraged to consider careers in engineering. He’s also played an active part in his own children’s school lives, serving as a governor and promoting STEM activities.

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Gary Delooze, Nationwide

CIO

Gary Delooze, Nationwide

CIO

Gary is Nationwide’s Chief Information Officer, and leads the Society’s Technology Strategy, Architecture, Engineering, Change Delivery and Operations capabilities. He joined the Society as Chief Technology Officer in January 2018, following a year on secondment in that role.

Prior to joining the Society Gary spent the majority of his career in technology consulting, working for Accenture, PwC, IBM and EY in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has designed and delivered some of the largest and most complex technology solutions in use today, was a published author on Internet and Web Technologies, including Cloud Computing, and a trusted advisor to a number of CIOs and CTOs. He has also led Technology Strategy and Architecture teams in Barclays, HBoS and Lloyds Banking Group, and worked closely with a number of start-ups and Challenger Banks.  

Gary has a first class honours degree in Computer Science.  He lives in Cheshire with his wife and daughter and their family dog, and spends his spare time on DIY, watching movies, and desperately trying to remain fit. 

CIO
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James George, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Network Development Lead

James George, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Network Development Lead

As part of the business team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, James' role is to engage with the broad business community for EMF and stimulate holistic network development across all levels and programmes. Working with team leads and Executive Leads, he is lucky enough influence the EMF Network Strategy, develop pursuit strategies and look for opportunities for collaboration with the Foundation. In short, James tells stories to the commercial world (and anyone who will listen) to spot opportunities for organisations to advance the transition to a circular economy.

Somehow, James managed to squirrel his way into the Foundation's HQ in early 2018, and relocated to the Isle of Wight after a hiatus of 15 years (so far no one has found him out). Despite having some strong opinions on things that most people don't care about, James has settled well into the new-found simplicity of his Island life, interspersed with international travel for the Foundation. During his time away from the Island, James spent 12 of the last 15 years as a mine clearance diving officer with the Royal Navy, travelling the world and enjoying the adventure.

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Jenny Wood, Natwest Group

Chief Operating Officer

Jenny Wood, Natwest Group

Chief Operating Officer

Jenny Wood Jenny joined RBS in 2016 as Head of Performance & Business Management in Technology; prior to joining RBS she was Director of Simplicity at Telstra Corporation.  

Jenny has a diverse background of executive experience, ranging from customer services and HR through to significant project/programme management and agile transformation. Her passion at work is removing the constraints that inhibit teams from succeeding. Having worked at big companies and small ones, she understands that unique blend of focusing to deliver an innovative large-scale experience whilst ensuring every step forward creates value and is worth taking. 

 

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Judy Kawaguchi, Refinitiv

Global Head, Programme Delivery & Enablement

Judy Kawaguchi, Refinitiv

Global Head, Programme Delivery & Enablement

Judy Kawaguchi is a senior technology executive at Refinitiv, with a proven 20-year track record of leading large-scale global organisations through disruptive change and delivery of complex, business-critical programmes and business transformation enabled by technology and innovation.

She has held various CIO/head of technology roles working and living in Asia, US, and Europe, and joined Refinitiv in August as the Global Head, Programme Delivery & Enablement, leading all cross-technology programmes globally as they embark on their large-scale transformation and modernization journey.

She has been passionate about moving the needle on the D&I agenda for over 15 years, especially for women in technology and multi-cultural ethnic groups. Judy actively mentors and coaches aspiring leaders and students to overcome ethnic and gender stereotypes and to turn their diverse experience into professional strength.

Judy also has a passion for change outside of her workplace. She was on the Board of Solace Women’s Aid for 8 years, and currently serves as their expert advisor. Judy is also the Founder of eCubed, a non-profit organisation, with the mission to Engage People, Empower Communities, and End Violence across London, raising unrestricted funding for local non-profit organizations with an aim to build safer lives and strong futures free from sexual and domestic violence.

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Mark Purcell, Rentokil Initial plc

Group CIO

Mark Purcell, Rentokil Initial plc

Group CIO

Mark Purcell is the Group CIO at Rentokil Initial plc. Prior to becoming Group CIO in April 2019, Mark held senior positions as Global IT Delivery Director, UK Hygiene and Textiles IT Director, Pest Control and Ambius Division IT Director, IT Director for UK & Rest of World, and then CIO Europe.

Mark has significant experience in business transformation, change management and project/programme management as well as expertise in M&A integration. Mark’s early career was with the Civil Service where he held an executive officer position in IT. 

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Prof. Paul Monks, BEIS

Chief Scientific Adviser

Prof. Paul Monks, BEIS

Chief Scientific Adviser

Professor Paul Monks is Chief Scientific Adviser of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Prior to joining the department, he was Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Science and Engineering at the University of Leicester, where he remains a Professor in Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation Science. 

His research experience covers the broad areas of air quality, atmospheric composition and climate change that has provided a platform for translation into diverse areas including forensic science, CBRN, microbiology and food safety, natural resource management and breathomics (breath analysis as a medical diagnostic). 

Paul was the Chair for 10 years of the Defra Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) and Deputy Chair of the Defra Science Advisory Council, alongside roles in the UKRI-NERC advice structures. He has worked internationally as the European representative on the Environmental Pollution and Atmospheric Chemistry Scientific Steering Committee (EPAC SSC) of the World Meteorological Organisation and ICACGP (International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution). 

As founding director of G-STEP (a university innovation initiative), he developed a business facing organisation with the aim of innovating using space based (EO) data to enhance the competitiveness of industry, particularly focused on SMEs. 

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Phillippa Spencer, Dstl

Senior Principal Statistician

Phillippa Spencer, Dstl

Senior Principal Statistician

Phillippa Spencer, who has worked at Dstl for 17 years, collected awards for Woman of the Year and for Outstanding Contribution to defence at the Women in Defence awards. She was cited for her work applying mathematical and statistical thinking across a number of areas such as cyber, artificial intelligence, data fusion, chemistry and biology. Her analysis was used among healthcare workers in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak and she was a key expert in bringing the F-35 fighter into service.

More recently, Phillippa was involved in the clean-up of Salisbury following the Novichok incident, where she applied statistical modelling to determine whether locations or vehicles were safe to use. Phillippa is a fellow of the Royal Statistics society and the Institute of Mathematics, a chartered scientist and chemist. She has patents in diagnosis of sepsis and forensic analysis of DNA.

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Rik Cross, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Director of Informal Learning

Rik Cross, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Director of Informal Learning

Rik is the Director of Informal Learning at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, leading on content to support learners in their network of clubs. Rik is passionate about providing young people of all ages, interests and abilities with the skills and confidence needed to build ideas and address challenges that matter to them.

Previously, Rik was the Director of Education at Code Club, a network of after-school coding clubs, until its merger with the Foundation, and is an experienced secondary Computing and ICT teacher.

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Rosie Toogood, Legal and General Modular Homes

CEO

Rosie Toogood, Legal and General Modular Homes

CEO

Based at our factory in Leeds, Rosie is CEO of the Modular Homes business leading the team in developing the product portfolio, creating engineering and production capability, and establishing our market position. Rosie joined L&G in June 2017 from Rolls-Royce where she held senior roles across customer-facing business areas, new product introduction and in setting up global supply chains to deliver complex engineering products.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Rosie trained with Ernst & Young as a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA in Strategy and Procurement, and a degree in Chemistry & Materials. She also served for eight years as a non-executive Board member of Derwent Housing Association.

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Sarah McMath, MOSL

CEO

Sarah McMath, MOSL

CEO

Sarah has vast experience of the water industry, having worked in a variety of roles across a number of technical, asset management and operational teams at Thames Water.

Sarah was previously Managing Director of Water at Thames, before becoming Managing Director of Strategic Planning and Investment in April 2018. Sarah started her career at Thames in the innovation team, working as a research scientist, where she completed her doctorate in Environmental Engineering. Here, she headed up the Water Quality team, before taking on a number of operational and technical roles and from 2008, led the Asset Management teams.

In 2011, Sarah moved to the Strategy and Regulation team, leading the preparation and submission of Thames Water’s business plans for PR14 and held the responsibility of Programme Director for Competition 2017 ahead of the opening of the water retail market on 1 April.

Sarah joined MOSL, the market operator for the water retail market, as Chief Executive in June 2019. In this role, she continues to focus on driving innovation and collaboration to ensure the open market delivers on its commitments to customers and tackles some of the biggest challenges facing the wider water industry.

Outside of MOSL, Sarah sits on the Board of Trustees for the National Oceanography Centre. She is also a trustee of the Don McMath Foundation, a charity which provides free schooling to children in the Gambia.

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Sarah Wilkinson, NHS Digital

CEO

Sarah Wilkinson, NHS Digital

CEO

Sarah Wilkinson is CEO of NHS Digital, the executive body of the Department of Health which provides information, data and IT systems for health and social care nationallyPrior to joining NHS Digital, Sarah was CIO at The Home Office, and prior to that worked in Financial Services where she held CIO roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers.Sarah is also a Non-Executive Director of NatWest Markets, the investment banking arm of The NatWestGroup, a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee of Kings College London and a member of the advisory board of the Department of Computing at Imperial College. In each of the last four years Sarah has been named within the top ten in the TechUK 50, Computer Weekly’s annual ranking of the Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in the UK IT Industry.

 

Explore the PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2020

Last year, we challenged the teams to design technology for the sustainable city of tomorrow. We were amazed by the creativity, originality and inventiveness every team showed as they developed ingenious solutions.

Check out all the incredible inventions from the finalists in the video below:

Explore the sustainable city of tomorrow

For this year’s competition, we asked teams to imagine a world where we can protect habitats while making the best use of natural resources. Where we can travel simply, safely and without pollution. And where we can enjoy sustainably sourced food with minimal waste.

Click on the sustainable cityscape below to view the incredible ingenuity of our finalists.

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