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March 31, 2017 AT 1:00 pm

Pi Wars 2017 starts tomorrow! @Raspberry_Pi #PiDay #RaspberryPi

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Pi Wars is a challenge-based robotics competition with Raspberry Pi-controlled robots – and its happening in Cambridge this weekend! Via Raspberrypi.org

On 1-2 April, Cambridge Raspberry Jam will be hosting Pi Wars 2017, the latest iteration of their successful robotics challenge competition.

For those unfamiliar with the setup, Pi Wars contestants use home-brew Raspberry Pi-powered robots to compete across seven challenge courses. There’s also a host of other categories, including prizes for Artistic and Technical Merit, as well as an award for ‘Funniest Robot’!

With only a few days to go until the big weekend, we’ve wrangled Pi Wars 2017 hosts, Mike and Tim, to give us the lowdown on everything you need to know before the main event.

This is the third time the competition has been run, and this time we’re running the event over two days:

Saturday – School teams.
Sunday – Beginner, Intermediate and Pro/Veteran teams.
With teams coming all the way from the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Wales and Scotland as well as England, it truly is an international competition! There are more than 65 teams competing across the weekend. Judging by some of the tweets we’ve been seeing, there’s likely to be some fierce competition!

See more and get your tickets here!

Check out some of the action from the 2015 competition in the video below!


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