Say the words “Raspberry Pi” to someone and you’ll get one of two responses. One being that someone thinks it’s a type of dessert and immediately wants to devour one, the other being one who wants to use it for developing something. Well, this article is for the latter.
What exactly is a Raspberry Pi?
In case you’re lost on what we’re talking about, a Raspberry Pi is a series of small single-board computers developed in the United Kingdom by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The goal of this is to promote the teaching of basic computer science in schools and in developing countries. A typical Raspberry Pi usually consists of a numerous USB 2.0 and 3.0 Ports, an RJ-45 LAN port and an HDMI port for peripherals, internet and network connectivity and display output, respectively. There are some pretty interesting and cool projects that can be carried out by use of a Raspberry Pi and it’s about to get a lot cooler.
The IESL or Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the United Tractor and Equipment (Pvt) Limited (UTE) announced the launch of the first ever IESL-UTE Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017. The IESL is Sri Lanka’s apex body for Professional engineers and the UTE is Sri Lanka’s leading engineering solutions company.
What is the IESL-UTE Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017?
Put simply, the IESL-UTE Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017 is an aim to promote and foster innovation in the fields of electronics and computing. Open to Undergraduates at engineering faculties throughout the island and Young IELS members, the IESL-UTE Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017 seeks to provide students with a stimulating platform of creativity and innovation via a combination of design and coding, thus inspiring the next generation of tech enthusiasts. Have a look at this video if you’re still confused.
Who can take part in this competition?
The IESL-UTE Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017 kicked off on the 24th May 2017 and participants can submit their proposals until 20th June 2017. The IESL-UTE Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017 is open to teams of 3 members per team. The teams must submit an innovative and creative solution to a prevailing issue in the country and society. The preliminary round of evaluations will be based on the teams proposed solutions which they have described in their entry forms.
From there, a total of 30 teams will be shortlisted and notified by the 1st of July 2017 to proceed to the next rounds. They will each receive one Raspberry Pi kit along with LKR8,000 for expenses. Teams will be required to document and record all stages of their project in order to authenticate their work.
Following this, a total of 10 teams will be selected as finalists and will showcase their ideas and products at the Techno 2017 Exhibition organized by IESL in October 2017. The winner of the IESL-UTE Raspberry Pi Challenge 2017 will receive the IESL-UTE Challenge Trophy along with a cash prize of LKR250,000/- Runners up and Second Runners Up will receive LKR 150,000/- and LKR 100,000/- respectively and be announced at the IESL Awards Ceremony scheduled to be held in October 2017.
We wish all the best to those taking part and may the odds be ever in their favor.