Raspberry Pi Foundation kicks off coding contest

Raspberry Pi Foundation kicks off coding contest
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

July 9th 2012 at 2:42PM

Eight-week software creation competition open to aspiring programmers from 18 and under

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched a $1,000 programming contest for children and teenagers to create software using its microcomputer.

The eight-week competition will consist of two categories for ages 13 and under and 14 to 18.

Entrants who create the best software for the device, as decided by a panel of judges, will win $1,000 (£645).

There are also five runner-up prizes of $200 (£135) in each category.

Contestants that do not have access to the microcomputer will be able to use a publicly available emulator platform from which to code from.

The deadline for submissions is September 1st.

Created by the Raspberry Pi foundation, of which Frontier boss David Braben is a prominent member, the device has been designed to give more students access to computer programming at a low cost.

It is hoped it will help reinvigorate and ignite enthusiasm in games coding and computer science in schools.

Upon release in February, demand for the microcomputer outstripped supply, selling out within hours of sale and crashing seller RS and Farnell’s website.

For more information visit the official website.