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The PA Raspberry Pi Competition: Challenging young people to use technology to drive innovation

Every year we try to find and inspire the next generation of innovators. Our annual contest challenges school and college students nationwide to put their programming skills to the test.

In the latest competition, we asked them to use a Raspberry Pi minicomputer, additional hardware and their coding skills to come up with new ways to use technology in sport and leisure. Teams from over 100 schools and colleges signed up. We’ve seen some groundbreaking and impressive ideas in the past and yet again, we were excited by the response.

Our 2016 winners were:

  • a game that tests and improves your reflexes and reaction speeds – it’s affordable, easy to replicate and fun to play in a group
  • a robot that gives rugby fans the perfect view of a conversion – it’s controlled by a mobile device, and has a camera fitted that live-streams video and can be driven onto the pitch
  • a device to instantly resolve photo finishes in races and accurately record times and training splits – it can send the results of a race or training session, via email, directly to race officials.

Other entries that made the final were a selfie camera to capture drummers in action and a boxing game to improve your fitness in a fast-paced, multiplayer, head-to-head format.

The expert judging panel included Emma Young, Vice President IT – Business Change and Delivery, ARM, and Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology correspondent. They were impressed with the young people’s creativity, technical knowledge and enthusiasm. And we’re delighted to play our part in inspiring the next generation of innovators.

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