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PA's Raspberry Pi Competition

Inspiring the next generation of innovators: the 2019 winners!

This year we challenged pupils from schools and colleges to use their ingenuity to invent something that will transform travel and transport using a Raspberry Pi, the credit-card-size highly capable computer. With this year’s theme, students had the opportunity to create solutions to tackle security issues, create a better experience for people with physical mobility challenges, or create the perfect yet least environmentally damaging journey.

Watch the 2019 awards day highlights
Watch the 2019 awards day highlights

Category one: Primary School Award (academic years 4-6)


St Mary’s School, Horsham

Team: Pi Champions

This team created ‘Park and Stride’ to enable children to travel to and from school more safely.


Croydon High School

Team: Ivy Travel Pi-oneers

The team created a solution to improve travel for the visually impaired.

Egglescliffe C of E Primary School

Team: Mars Pi-oneers

The team created an automated “companion” for astronauts on their journey to Mars.


Category two: Secondary School Award (academic years 7-9)


Lady Eleanor Holles School, London

Team: Brainy Baby Belt

This team developed a product that makes children’s car seats safer by issuing an alert when they become unclipped.


Hack Horsham, Sussex

Team: HH2

The team created TrainBot, a train safety management system.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham college, London

Team: AL

This team created an app that checks how healthy and eco-friendly you are.


Category three: Secondary School Award (academic years 10-11)


Westminster School, London

Team: Robot Apocalypse

The team created Pind My Way, a way to cycle safely through urban areas using flashing gloves as your guide.


Ferndown Upper School, Dorset

Team: fernDOWNLOAD

The team invented Travel Ted – an interactive travel companion for young children.

The Liverpool Blue Coat School, Lancashire

Team: PiRATED Content

The team created a facial recognition system that makes bus travel easier, helps the environment and prevents fraud.


Category four: PA’s Sixth Form Award (academic years 12-13)


Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Carmarthenshire

Team: Team Lightning

This team created a system to reduce the waiting time for drivers at traffic lights.


King Edward VI Grammar School, Essex

Team: G.I.Pi (PioXIDE]

This team created a system to reduce air pollution by detecting levels of harmful gases.

Stanmore College, Middlesex

Team: DIS@ Stanmore

The team created a fingerprint recognition system that would prevent fraudulent travel.

Congratulatons to all the teams that entered the 2019 PA Raspberry Pi competition.

We look forward to seeing each of these ingenious ideas in action as they help create a positive human future.


For more information about PA's Raspberry Pi competition, please contact us

Supported By


Each year we invite our shortlisted teams to our exclusive awards event attended by some of the UK’s most inventive leaders from the private and public sectors.

This year the awards day took place on 30 April at Code Node, the UK’s largest venue dedicated to technology events.

Students enjoyed a day of STEM activities, speed networking sessions with business leaders, plus the chance to exhibit their invention. Our senior judging panel announced the winners from each category at an awards ceremony.

If you would like to find out more about our awards day, please contact us for more information.

Meet the judges

Our senior judging panel visited the student exhibition stands at the awards day and chose a winner from each category.

Rory Cellan-Jones

Technology Correspondent, BBC

Dominic Lenton

Managing Editor, E&T Magazine

Nicola Debnam

Regional Director, South East, Highways England

Phil Graham

CEO, UK National Infrastructure Commission

Prof. Andy Doherty

CTO, Network Rail

Sarah Wilkinson

CEO, NHS Digital

Anita Chandraker

Global Head of Innovation and Member of the board at PA

Richard Orme

Chief Technology Officer, Photobox

Philip Colligan

CEO, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Ben Story

Strategic Marketing Director, Rolls-Royce

Jonathan Midgley

Director of Engineering, Trainline

Phil Maher

Executive Vice President, Operations, Virgin Atlantic

Jenny McGeough

Operations Director, Weir Group

PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2018

In 2018, our theme was sustainability. We challenged schools all over the UK to use a Raspberry Pi - a credit-card-sized computer - to invent something that will help 'save the planet'.

The ingenuity on show was incredible, giving our judges a difficult time as they debated who should win.

Ysgol Deganwy, Conwy, won the primary school category with 'Recycle Michael'. It’s an interactive rubbish bin that uses a barcode reader to scan waste packaging and display useful information on a screen above the bin compartments. The other finalists were Croydon High School and St Mary’s Church of England Primary School.

Kenilworth School, Warwickshire, won the secondary school category with a solution to energy waste. It’s a system of infrared beams that work together to see when no-one is nearby and switch off unnecessary streetlights in the area. The other finalists were Tanbridge House School and Usk Code Club.

Collyer’s Sixth Form College, West Sussex, won the sixth form and college category with a portable charger that uses wind and light to charge batteries without harming the environment. The other finalists were Felpham Community College and  King Edward VI Grammar School.

For Recycle Michael:
Ysgol Deganwy, Conwy

For Life of Pi:
Kenilworth School, Warwickshire

For September:
Collyer’s Sixth Form College, West Sussex

Previous competitions

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 allows drivers to locate empty car park spaces in cities and towns.

See videos of the innovations from previous competitions below.

Find out more about our previous competitions here.

PA Raspberry Pi Winners 2017
PA Raspberry Pi Winners 2017
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2016
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2016
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2015
PA Raspberry Pi Competition 2015
PA Raspberry Pi competition 2014
PA Raspberry Pi competition 2014

In the media

"PA Consulting announces winners of 2018 Raspberry Pi competition"

Read the full article on Computer Weekly

"Sustainability: Students Showing The Way?"

Read the full article on the Disruption website

"PA’s Raspberry Pi Competition 2018, in picture form"

Read the full article on Electronics Weekly

Technology and innovation at PA

At our Global Innovation and Technology Centre, our work represents a unique combination of industry expertise and exceptional engineering capability.  We have been responsible for the development of many ground-breaking products – from the machine to manufacture a waste-free alternative to plastic bottles to a portable air-quality sensor to help tackle air pollution, from the complex software systems for Virgin Hyperloop One to improvised explosive device (IED) detectors.

Career opportunities at PA

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