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PA Raspberry Pi Competition

Unlocking the ingenuity of the next generation of innovators

About PA Raspberry Pi Competition

Our annual Raspberry Pi Competition - now in its eighth year - promotes STEM education by challenging schoolchildren to invent something that benefits society using engineering and coding skills. The ingenuity of children is remarkable. So, we give it a place to thrive.

This year, we challenged the teams - aged 8 to 18 - to design technology for the sustainable city of tomorrow. We’ve been amazed by the creativity, originality and inventiveness every team showed as they developed ingenious solutions. We'd like to thank all the entrants for their contribution to the PA Raspberry Pi competition.

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

Meet the judges

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Andy Doherty, Network Rail

Chief Technology Officer

Andy Doherty, Network Rail

Chief Technology Officer

Andy is the Chief Technology Officer for Network Rail. Andy’s role in Network Rail is to provide the vision and leadership to its technology strategy, its Research and Development programmes, and leading Engineering interaction with the UK railway industry and within the European railway sphere.

Andy is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers, he is an Electrical Systems Engineer, with expertise in; the railway system, rolling stock design, the mechanical interface between the train and track, transmission-based signalling systems such ETCS and electromagnetic compatibility.

Andy is the chair of the Technology Leadership Group (TLG) which leads the R & D and Innovation strategy for the whole railway. This group provides guidance on the vision for the future technology of the UK railway. Andy is also the chair of VT SIC (Vehicle Track System Interface Committee) and the Train Protection Steering Group and leads both these complex areas for the UK Railway.

Andy has represented the UK Railway extensively within the European Railway Regulatory, Standards and Research processes. Andy is the Chair of the EIM Technical Strategy Group and lead the Group of Representative Bodies work for 16 years on the development of interoperability and TSIs in Brussels. Andy is also Network Rail’s representative on the Shift2Rail Governing Board and was Chair of the European Rail Research Advisory Group (ERRAC) for 5 years.

Previously Andy was the chair of the Network Rail Acceptance Panel for 9 years and has held a number of senior roles in London Underground.

Organisation profile

Network Rail is the owner and infrastructure manager for the mainline railway network of Great Britain. It is responsible for all maintenance, renewals, and enhancements to the network and currently has a £38B Regulatory Contract to this from April 14 to March 19. This contract includes; Traffic Management and signalling operations, Timetable and train service allocation, Intelligent Asset Management, Property Development, Major Station development and many other activities.

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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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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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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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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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Steve Kenzie, UN Global Compact Network UK

Executive Director

Steve Kenzie, UN Global Compact Network UK

Executive Director

Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2008, providing support for UK-based endorsers of the UN’s corporate sustainability framework.

He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas.  Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.

He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.

 
 

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