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Raspberry Pi coding competition for schools launched by PA Consulting

Antony Savvas | Aug. 25, 2014
£1,000 prize money for winning teams.

PA Consulting Group has launched its third annual programming challenge for pupils and students, this time around the Raspberry Pi.

PA is tasking entrants to "revolutionise people's health and wellbeing", using a Raspberry Pi computer and some additional hardware and software.

The teams must invent something that will help people lead healthier lives. Ideas could range from wearable technologies that ensure patients take their medication on time, to a health and fitness programme tailored to an individual's needs, said PA.

The competition includes the primary school award, the secondary school award and the sixth form and college award. There is also the young entrepreneur award open to all university undergraduates.

The winning team in each category will receive £1,000 in prize money.

Anita Chandraker, head of IT delivery at PA Consulting Group, said: "The competition gives entrants the opportunity to discover what they can achieve through coding in a fun and informal way.

"Our aim is to help support the teaching and learning of computing, science, design and technology and also inspire the UK's next generation of tech experts."

Some of the winning innovations from previous years include a robot to help with the household recycling, an automatic pill dispenser, a forest fire detector and a device to help less mobile people answer their front door.


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