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PA Consulting announces judging panel for annual Raspberry Pi competition

06 May 2021

Rolls-Royce, Anglia Ruskin University and Nationwide Building Society are among the organisations supporting schoolchildren in their quest to innovate for a better world.

PA Consulting (PA), the consultancy that’s bringing ingenuity to life, announces the organisations participating in its ninth annual Raspberry Pi competition, with representatives from Anglia Ruskin University, Rolls-Royce, and Nationwide among the panel of judges.

PA’s annual Raspberry Pi Competition promotes STEM education by challenging schoolchildren to invent products and processes that could benefit society using their technology and coding skills.

The theme of this year’s competition, which launched in the UK and Netherlands in October, is applying technology to help create a positive future for everyone as we live through this global pandemic.

This year, Nationwide, Rolls-Royce and Anglia Ruskin University have provided technical support for the teachers and students taking part in the competition. Nationwide and Anglia Ruskin University are running one-to-one “tech drop in” sessions for students, whilst Rolls-Royce is hosting a webinar for teachers to support their role in the project development.

The full list of judges for the 2021 Raspberry Pi competition is as follows:

  • Stephen Koch, Executive Director of Platforms, NHS Digital
  • Dr Phillippa Spencer OBE, Senior Principal Statistician, DSTL
  • Mark Purcell, Group CIO, Rentokil
  • Sarah McMath, CEO, Market Operator Services Limited (MOSL)
  • Judy Kawaguchi, Chief Operating Officer, Tech London Stock Exchange Group
  • Rosie Toogood, CEO, Legal & General Modular Homes
  • Dhruv Boruah, Founder, Boruah Foundation
  • Dominic Lenton, Managing Editor, E&T Magazine
  • Rik Cross, Director, Raspberry Pi Foundation
  • Caroline Gorski, Group Director - R2 Data Labs, Rolls-Royce
  • Andy Lord, Managing Director, London Underground & TfL Engineering
  • Dr Silvia Cirstea, Deputy Head of School in Computer Sciences, Anglia-Ruskin University
  • Gary Delooze, CIO, Nationwide Building Society
  • Professor Paul Monks, Chief Scientific Adviser, BEIS
  • Jenny Wood, Chief Operating Officer, Services, NatWest Group
  • Chris Hayman, Director, UK&I Public Sector, Amazon Web Services
  • Dave Penrith, Former Chief Engineer, Unilever
  • Neil Dewis, Director Water Service Delivery, Yorkshire Water

The competition will see teams compete across four categories based on their academic years: years 4-6, years 7-9, years 10-11 and years 12-13. Three finalists from each category will be invited to the PA Raspberry Pi Awards Day event, taking place on 26th May 2021.

The judging panel will select a winner from each of the four categories, who will be awarded with £1,000 for their school or college.

Anita Chandraker, Senior Partner at PA Consulting and sponsor for the competition, said: “We are honoured to have individuals from so many fantastic, innovation-led organisations supporting this year’s Raspberry Pi competition. Their collective experience across a diverse range of industries and sectors really exemplifies the amazing things that can be achieved when innovation and technology come together – particularly in these challenging times. Their support and participation will no doubt inspire the students taking part to test their ingenuity in devising new and unexpected solutions to creating a better future for society and business.”

All the details of this year’s competition can be found here. PA will publish the list of finalists later this month.

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