A roundup of Raspberry Pi challenges and contests to enter now! #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi


Want to win prizes cool prizes like a pi-top, touchscreen, or pi accessories? How about getting your project published in The MagPi or having your code sent to the International Space Station? You are in luck! Read below for a few upcoming contests and challenges involving your favorite single-board computer.

Enlightened Raspberry Pi Contest from Hackaday


Welcome to Hackaday’s Enlightened Raspberry Pi Contest. This contest is all about building and documenting great projects with everyone’s favorite Linux powered single board computer, the Raspberry Pi.

Elightened Raspberry Pi Contest rules:

  • Contest entry deadline is 9pm PT Tuesday, November 8 2016
  • This contest is open to any Raspberry Pi branded board.
  • Projects must fill out the description, details, instructions, components, and build instructions.
  • Projects must be open source. Source code, schematics, and board layouts for the project software must be either posted in the files section, or include a link to a public repository such as Github.
  • All entries will be judged by Hackaday staff and at least eight (8) finalists will be chosen.
  • Finalists will be judged by VIP judges for final ranking.
  • Hackaday Staff, Employees of SupplyFrame, Judges or the family of any of the preceding are not eligible to take part in this contest. Everyone is still encouraged to build awesome stuff and show it off though.

Judging Criteria:

  • Can the entry be followed by someone with a moderate skill level? Projects should be documented so a person of moderate skill level could implement them. See below for a definition of moderate skill level.
  • How complete is the entry? Projects don’t have to be complete or working to enter, however those which are finished and working by the deadline may be judged higher.
  • How complete is the guide?
  • How novel or interesting is the entry?

Read words of advice on entering, see the prizes, and more here!

The First Ever European Astro Pi Challenge!


Right now, 400km above the Earth aboard the International Space Station, are two very special pieces of hardware. Two Raspberry Pi computers are currently orbiting our planet, each equipped with a Sense HAT, a camera and a special aluminium flight case – and children all over Europe have the chance to program them.

Last year, in collaboration with the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency, we ran a competition that allowed students all over the UK to design experiments to run on the Astro Pi units. We sent their code into space with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, who had a great time running all their programs. The data collected was then transmitted back down to Earth, so the winners of the competition – and everyone else – could analyse the results of their experiments as well.

Tim is safely back on Earth now, but French ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet is soon launching to the ISS, and he’s keen to see what students from all over Europe can do with the Astro Pi units too. So ESA, together with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, are launching a brand-new Astro Pi Challenge, and this time it’s open to children from every ESA member country.

This is an amazing opportunity for students all over Europe. What better way to learn about computing, science, and space than actually being able to run your very own experiments on board the International Space Station? Imagine being able to say that you played a part in a real ESA mission, that programs you wrote were executed in orbit, and that results from your experiments were analysed by children all over the world!

Learn how you can take part and read more about the challenge here!

The PiOT Challenge: Become Maker Famous!


Contest Rules Overview

  • The deadline for applications is October 31st
  • No late applications will be considered
  • By submitting an application, you are giving us permission to publish your project, and how you created it.
  • Projects must use a Raspberry Pi and Initial State to be considered
  • We will never give away or sell your contact information to any outside party
  • Must be 18 years or older to apply
  • Projects must be original and not copied from any of MagPi or Initial State’s previous postings
  • Contest judging criteria is determined by contest operators and sponsors. The competition judges, a select group from Initial State and MagPi, have final say in what most creative, practical and awesome.

Judging Criteria


We’re looking for clever and original Raspberry Pi projects. How can you use the Raspberry Pi to creatively solve a problem? Many of the most creative projects are the ones that you look at and say, “Wow that looks so simple! Why didn’t I think to do that?” Creativity often comes from constraints. (For example: Using an old Wii Balance board with a Pi to create a smart scale instead of buying a new, expensive one off the shelf).


How useful is your project? Is it something that could be used every day, or is it something that has no value in the real world? Think about how the data collected from your project could improve someones every day life. Anyone can monitor temperature or motion with a raspberry pi, but how are you using that data to give you important information?


This comes down to one thing: How awesome is your project? Does it have a wow factor? The best projects are the ones that makes people think, “Woah! That is so cool!” (For Example: The Beer Fridge of Awesomeness allows people to monitor their personal beer inventory. This lets someone know how often they need to stop at the store on the way home to restock. It even send them text messages if someone takes nice cold beer without permission).

Read more and enter here!

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