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PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2021

Our annual Raspberry Pi Competition 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 the ninth competition, we challenged 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’ve seen inspiring examples of where it’s catalysed the best of humanity and unlocked our inherent ingenuity. So, we asked 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.

Winners

The winners of this year’s competition are:

  • Years 4-6: St Mary's CE Primary School, who created an intelligent cane that communicates with other devices to inform blind, partially sighted or deaf-blind people of nearby hazards
  • Years 7-9: Priestnall School, who developed a gadget to monitor indoor air pollution and reduce the health risk
  • Years 10-11: Colchester County High School for Girls, who developed an AI-powered automatic feeder designed to support endangered species by providing food to specific animals
  • Years 12-13: Westminster School and Harris Westminster Sixth Form, who designed a new type of security – a dynamic ‘footprint’ – that prevents possession theft.

This year the new “People’s Choice Award”, voted for by the audience at the Awards Day, was won by Steeple Bumpstead School, who created a monitoring system for beehive temperature and humidity.

Partners

Rolls Royce
Nationwide Building Society
Anglia Ruskin University

Meet the finalists

Years 4-6

St Mary's CE Primary School

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Steeple Bumpstead Primary School

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Hillhead Primary School Glasgow

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Years 7-9

Priestnall School

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Royal Grammar School Newcastle

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St Paul’s School, London

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Years 10-11

Colchester County High School for Girls

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SEK Dublin International School

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Years 12-13

John F Kennedy Catholic School

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The Blue Coat School, Liverpool

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Westminster School and Harris Westminster Sixth Form

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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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Chris Hayman, Amazon Web Services

UK Public Sector General Manager

Chris Hayman, Amazon Web Services

UK Public Sector General Manager

Chris Hayman is the UK Public Sector General Manager at Amazon Web Services. Chris has served the Public Sector in various IT roles for over 20 years, beginning life at Amazon as a Principal Solutions Architect, he is passionate about technology, cloud computing and its impact on public services. Chris enjoys spending time with customers who are embarking on, or have already adopted cloud at scale across all facets of the public sector including Education, Government, Healthcare and Not for Profits. Chris is a keen advocate and is focussed on building digital skills programmes that enable a new and diverse generation of builders.

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Dave Penrith, Unilever

Former Chief Engineer

Dave Penrith, Unilever

Former Chief Engineer

In his 35-year career at a global FMCG Company, Dave has been exposed to every level of Engineering – starting as a 16yo Apprentice, he has worked within Factory, Regional and Global Teams and ended his career as the Global Chief Engineer for the entire Company. He cared for over 300 factory units across all parts of the world and was involved in building many of them at various levels.

His belief that ‘no one wins or loses alone’ instilled a strong sense of collaboration and community in his teams, and he leads with an ethical and authentic style which made major shifts in the diversity profile of the organisation. This also led to the creation of one of the worlds largest “Teams” collaboration platform in industry, with both colleagues and partners engaged in uniting a community with a common purpose.

Dave is passionate about exploring new technologies to deliver efficiencies and value across Engineering, and the wider business.  This was evident when he presented at the Microsoft Inspire event, on the power of Digital Twins and how they are revolutionizing the factory environment. Further presentations and workstreams highlighted the power of the people and the partner journeys when undertaking digital transformation.

In addition to managing the capital project portfolio, he developed a broad Industry 4.0 capability within engineering and deployed automation and robotics across thousands of applications whilst upgrading the skill set within engineering to allow them  all to embrace the future without fear.

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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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Dhruv Boruah, Boruah Foundation

Founder

Dhruv Boruah, Boruah Foundation

Founder

Dhruv Boruah is a curious Activist, an adventurer, investor, speaker and advisor to UK Research & Innovation. His work has been personally endorsed by former British Prime Minister Theresa May MP, the Environment Secretary Michael Gove MP and current Environment Minister Rebecca Pow MP.

After reaching 300 million people worldwide by Cycling ON rivers with his Bamboo Bike collecting plastic litter and raising awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution, Dhruv asked himself - “So What?” Where is the tangible impact? He is now on a mission to convert this reach to 300 million tons of plastic/ carbon tonnage by inspiring & supporting founders who can help him reach the mission.

With diversity, open innovation and cross-pollination as core values, Dhruv runs hackathons with the most recent being the global Coronavirus Hackathon and Ethical Fashion Hackathon with the UN. He currently runs CommonVC - an incubator to help founders solve the world’s biggest challenges that protect the planet and people. His current focus is the circular economy, new materials and he is super excited about using biology & technology to solve these challenges.

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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.

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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, London Stock Exchange Group

Chief Operating Officer, Tech

Judy Kawaguchi, London Stock Exchange Group

Chief Operating Officer, Tech

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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Neil Dewis, Yorkshire Water

Water Service Delivery Director

Neil Dewis, Yorkshire Water

Water Service Delivery Director

An Executive Director in one of the country's largest water companies and a member of the leadership team. Also an independent non - executive of Water Regs UK and a charitable organisation developing the South Pennine Park.

Leader of a large operational business delivering water services to Yorkshire region. Responsible for day to day operations, control and incident management services and energy generation. Proven track record in managing and delivering improvements in utility operations.

Neil joined Yorkshire Water in 2001 and is currently serving as Director of Water where he has full accountability for the delivery of water to the Yorkshire region. Neil has a broad knowledge and experience of delivering water operations.

Prior to his current assignment Neil has held a number of positions in regulation, strategy and customer service. Neil was appointed Business Transformation Director in 2018, he was previously responsible for creating and shaping the Service Delivery business unit and helping to deliver improved performance year on year.

Neil has a passion for sustainable landscape management and is a Chartered Water and Environment Manager with a background in Environmental Science and a member of the water supply and water quality panel.

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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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Dr. Silvia Cirstea, Anglia Ruskin University

Deputy Head of School in Computer Sciences

Dr. Silvia Cirstea, Anglia Ruskin University

Deputy Head of School in Computer Sciences

Dr. Silvia Cirstea is associate professor and deputy head of the School of Computing and Information Science at Anglia Ruskin University, where she leads the BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence. She holds a PhD in Imaging Technologies and an MSc in Mathematics, and has acquired more than twenty years of research experience in computation modelling for engineering and medical applications. Prior to ARU, she worked for the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and for the Medical Research Council. Her areas of expertise include numerical modelling of physical processes (acoustics, psycho-acoustics, optics, quantum electronics), signal processing, inverse problems and artificial intelligence.

She has worked on research projects funded by the EU, the UK government and British industry, and has authored peer reviewed papers on modelling of psycho-acoustic processes, echolocation, image and sound processing, and applications of machine learning. Silvia is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and an active reviewer for prestigious journal and research funding bodies.

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Stephen Koch, NHS Digital

Executive Director, Platforms

Stephen Koch, NHS Digital

Executive Director, Platforms

Stephen Koch joined NHS Digital in November 2020 as the Director of Demographics and from January he took on the role of Director of Platforms. He is also working on the vaccines program to improve data quality and timely delivery of data to practices.

Prior to joining NHS Digital Stephen was a Managing Director in Risk Technology at JPMorgan Chase. He has 25 years of experience working in Investment Banking IT, primarily developing in-house risk and finance applications and managing large scale change programs.

He co-founded the Male Allies group at JP Morgan to help men understand some of their accidental biases and how to improve gender diversity and has worked with a number of companies to help them create similar groups in the Finance, Oil and Building Industries. He is also Co-Founder of Men for Inclusion which is an organisation bringing together men and women to create a more inclusive workplace.

He started his career writing medical imaging applications for the Medicines Control Agency and he has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Bristol University.

previous competitions

PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2020
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2020
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2019
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2019
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2018
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2018
PA Raspberry Pi Winners 2017
PA Raspberry Pi Winners 2017
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2016
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2016

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