If there’s one new skill you should learn this year, it’s getting your Raspberry Pi up and running! From media centers to dog treat machines, makers are quickly prototyping their ideas using the Pi. And with the launch of the first ever Raspberry Pi Design Contest, we’re looking for novel builds that make use of this affordable Linux-based computer. Pi projects should fall into one of the following four categories: Artistic, Utility, Education, Enclosure. To give you some inspiration I’ve included a slideshow below of previous projects we’ve covered on the MAKE blog.
Check out this Raspberry Pi Arduino-Controlled Weather Station.
Part-enclosure, part-shield, check out this portable MAME device.
Get your morning buzz going with Web Initiated Coffee.
Educators may be inspired by the Raspberry Pi Education Manual.
Build a LEGO enclosure, complete with a faux raspberry on top!
Power you Pi with the sun, and access files via FTP!
Convert a speaker into a wireless music streamer.
Put the Pi in an autonomous ship to explore and study the oceans with FishPi.
Would you rather stay on land? Launch the Pi into the sky and stream images back to earth.
ENTER HERE to submit your Pi project to the first ever Raspberry Pi Design Contest!
Did I mention there are prizes?
It wouldn’t be a contest without prizes! Each category winner will receive a MCM Raspberry Pi Prize Package which includes: USB DMM, DC Power Supply, Digital Soldering Iron, Gertboard, Pi Face, Pi View, Wi-Pi Wireless Adapter, and Raspberry Pi Iron-On Skill Badge.
Additionally, one grand prize winner will win an aforementioned MCM prize package AND a Printrbot Jr. 3D printer! In total that’s over $3,500 in prizes to be won.
This is one of those moments where I wish I wasn’t the one writing this blog post, so I too could compete to win. All you have to do is submit your build to the first ever Raspberry Pi Design Contest!
Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm PDT on April 11, 2013. Winners will be announced on or before April 25, 2013. Please Note: Because of the the nature of this contest, participants are limited to residents of the United States.