Raspberry Pi Coding Contest Concludes As Hack Competition Commences

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Raspberry Pi competition winners are announced as another contest is organised for next month

The Raspberry Pi scene is currently buzzing with activity. Winners of one coding competition have been announced, whilst the first Raspberry Pi hack day in the UK is due to start imminently.

The credit card-sized computer has gained plenty of fans since its launch earlier this year, having sold out in the UK. Young developers have been keen to show off what they can do and this summer they got the chance to do that as part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Summer Coding Contest.

The competition had two categories – one for under-13s, the other for under-18s. Winners of both categories won $1000 each, whilst runners up got $200.

Raspberry Pi winners

Aaron Hill was the winner of the under-13 prize, for creating PySnap. It allows users to easily set up automatic time-lapse photography using a USB webcam. “The command-line interface-based program allows the user to set the periodicity at which photos are taken and was well thought out and designed,” the Raspberry Pi Foundation said in a blog post.

Ashley Newsom won the 14-18 category with his SmartSim app – a digital logic circuit design and simulation package for the Raspberry Pi. Here’s an image of the impressive software:

Meanwhile, hardware manufacturer CPC and the LeedsHack organisation have set up a Raspberry Pi Hack Day.

The 24-hour challenge will take place on 1 December, when 100 contestants are expected to “build something great while incorporating Raspberry Pi”, CPC said. Competitors can work individually or in teams of up to four.

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