The ingenuity and passion of every Raspberry Pi Competition entrant is inspirational. Using a credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer, hundreds of school-aged children work in diverse teams to create innovative solutions to real-world challenges.
For this year’s competition, we’re asking you 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.
This is the positive human future we know is possible. But it’ll take a different perspective to come up with ingenious ways to make it happen. That’s why our Raspberry Pi Competition is challenging you to design technology for the sustainable city of tomorrow.
It could be a community-based renewable energy network, a futuristic plan for housing that promotes inclusivity, or a new health network that ensures people get the care they need when they need it. There’s no limit to the possibilities.
Teams compete across four categories based on their academic years: years 4-6, years 7-9, years 10-11 and years 12-13. And we invite three finalists from each category to an inspiring event in London, the PA Raspberry Pi Awards Day.
This is a real celebration of ingenuity, with each team exhibiting their creations to a selection of top business leaders from across the UK. There are also exciting challenges and games throughout the day. And everyone will get the chance to sit down with business leaders and ask them what it takes to make innovative ideas real.
The day culminates in the awards ceremony, where a panel of expert judges choose a winner from each category, awarding their school £1,000 as well as a trophy and medals.
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This year, we’ve partnered with the Economist Educational Foundation to create an interactive resource to support students in developing ideas for the competition. The resource will give students a taste of the endless possibilities within the sustainable city of tomorrow and help them ask the right questions to develop creative ideas.
There are four sessions each taking one hour, but you can pick out the activities that interest you most. The sessions work best for between 10 and 25 students and have been designed to be flexible for different age groups. Older students should spend more time on sessions 2 and 3.
In past PA Raspberry Pi Competitions, winning entries have included an air quality and weather surveillance station, a robot that helps you with household recycling and a system that shows drivers where there are empty car park spaces in cities and towns.
Find out more about our previous competitions here, or watch the videos below.
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.
We reserve the right to alter the categories.
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, Monday 16 March 2020. 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 6 May 2020. The date and location of the final will be notified in writing to the teams that are selected to take part.
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.
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