PA Consulting Group, in collaboration with Raspberry Pi, challenged teams from schools, universities and individual inventors to utilise the Raspberry Pi, a credit card sized computer, to invent a computer program that will benefit the world. Over 100 entries have been received from across the UK.
The competition is now closed and the entries are being assessed. Innovative ideas on how the Raspberry Pi can be used have been received from school pupils, community groups such as the Scouts, students and individual inventors. The winning schools will receive £1000 and undergraduates and IT professionals win a salaried internship at PA.
The competition was launched in response to a fall in programming skills and is aimed at increasing the numbers of skilled coders, developers and engineers. PA technology experts recently used the Raspberry Pi to shrink a 30 foot mobile phone base-station into the three inch computer.
Alan Middleton, PA Consulting Group’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “We are delighted to have received so many entries and particularly pleased to see such enthusiasm from schools. We need to support those who have a talent and passion for technology and information science to help unlock opportunities for growth in technology.”