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Innovation to save the planet

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

This year is our tenth anniversary, so we're making things bigger, better and more inspirational than ever. That's why we put this year's theme to a public vote, asking teachers, students and our partners what they think would be most inspiring. And they chose innovations to save the planet.

As the UN shares a bleak outlook on climate change, the need to act quickly on sustainability has never been more apparent. So, for the 2022 PA Raspberry Pi Competition, we’re challenging 8- to 18-year-olds to design technology that will help make the world a more sustainable place.

Winners

The winners of 2022's competition were:

  • Years 4-6: Raspberry Turtles from King Edward’s Junior School, Bath, who created recycling stations which help to inform, educate and raise awareness about environmental issues
  • Years 7-9: Project Polar Bear from Belhaven Hill School, Dunbar, who invented an automatic bin opener that sorts different rubbish using AI
  • Years 10-11: The E-consumer team from Richard Hale School, Hertford, who developed a project to reduce the volume of greenhouse gases released into our atmosphere every year by the transportation of food
  • Years 12-13: Team Tera from King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, who designed a robot that that helps the user make smart environmental choices when irrigating on farmland
  • “People’s Choice Award”, voted for by the audience at the Awards Day, was won by Team Tera, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, for their environmental farmland robot.

Explore our finalists' inventions

Visit our PAPiVERSE below to see the ingenuity of our finalists.

Our partners

Anglia Ruskin University
The Economist Educational Foundation
Nationwide Building Society
Rentokil Initial
Rolls-Royce

Meet the judges

We’re delighted to present the judges for the PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2022. 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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Caroline Gorski,

Group Director - R2 Data Labs, Rolls-Royce

Caroline Gorski,

Group Director - R2 Data Labs, Rolls-Royce

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. They develop and mature the new data innovation expertise capabilities and digital first culture needed to achieve Rolls-Royce’s digital strategy.

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Dominic Lenton,

Managing Editor, E&T Magazine

Dominic Lenton,

Managing Editor, E&T Magazine

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.

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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Emily Whyman,

Programme Manager, Design Council

Emily Whyman,

Programme Manager, Design Council

Emily currently works as a Programme Manager for the Design Council. She has a multidisciplinary background and education, working in architecture, urban design, research and innovation, and public health. Emily has a passion for understanding how the circular economy, digital fabrication, and distributed design can be sustainably embedded within the built environment.

This interest has enabled her to work across Europe and in the UK – working with Fab Lab Barcelona in Spain, SPACE10 in Copenhagen, Denmark and across Local Authorities in the UK. Emily has a specialist focus on designing and researching sustainable food systems. Emily has authored various publications on the effects of technological advancements on our food culture for organisations such as Aeres University, Preserve Journal, Project Gastronomia, and Copenhagen Tech Festival and built her own aeroponics system!

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Iestyn Hughes,

Head of Mission Enterprise Architecture, Nationwide Building Society

Iestyn Hughes,

Head of Mission Enterprise Architecture, Nationwide Building Society

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Jay Bangle,

CTO, HMCTS

Jay Bangle,

CTO, HMCTS

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Mark Purcell,

Group CIO, Rentokil initial

Mark Purcell,

Group CIO, Rentokil initial

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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Musidora Jorgensen,

Chief Sustainability Officer, Microsoft

Musidora Jorgensen,

Chief Sustainability Officer, Microsoft

Musidora joined the Microsoft UK Senior Leadership Team in February 2022 as Chief Sustainability Officer, with accountability for driving sustainability outcomes for our customers, partners and internally. Prior to that, Musidora spent three years at Salesforce setting up and leading the Energy & Utilities go to market and has an extensive experience of the technology industry across hardware, consulting and software sales, over the past twenty years.

She featured on Computer Weekly’s list of most influential women in technology in 2021, was named one of the top 100 female future leaders in 2020 by INvolve and Yahoo Finance UK, and was included in Kindness & Leadership’s Rising Star list for 2020.  Musidora is passionate about D&I and particularly in supporting more women in the STEM industries and as such is an active coach, mentor and sponsor both inside and outside of the industry.

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Dr Phillippa Spencer OBE,

Senior Principal Statistician, DSTL

Dr Phillippa Spencer OBE,

Senior Principal Statistician, DSTL

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

Director of Informal Learning, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Rik Cross

Director of Informal Learning, Raspberry Pi Foundation

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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Rupy Malizia,

Managing Director, Global Head of Tech Transformation, Wealth & Personal Banking, HSBC

Rupy Malizia,

Managing Director, Global Head of Tech Transformation, Wealth & Personal Banking, HSBC

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Dr Silvia Cirstea,

Deputy Head of School in Computer Sciences, Anglia-Ruskin University

Dr Silvia Cirstea,

Deputy Head of School in Computer Sciences, Anglia-Ruskin University

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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Brigadier Stefan Crossfield,

Head of Information Exploitation and Chief Data Officer, British Army

Brigadier Stefan Crossfield,

Head of Information Exploitation and Chief Data Officer, British Army

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Stephen Koch,

Executive Director, NHS Digital

Stephen Koch,

Executive Director, NHS Digital

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.

Explore our previous competitions

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