PiWars 2018 – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Building a robot can be great fun, it’s really rewarding when things go well, but sometimes there are things that can be really difficult. Below, our team share some of their best and worst bits of the project so far:


With our recent office move, we haven’t really had time to install a full blown workshop (which we had at our old site). As a result, any practical work we do in the office has to be done on our desks and cleared away at the end each build, before the next working day. However, through more of the office staff becoming involved in our PiWars entry, we are building a good business case for upper management to see the light and buy us nicer tools and find us a permanent space to undertake more practical engineering projects.

One example was using the 3D printer. We designed some motor brackets for the wheels of the robot and wanted to get some quick prototypes made, so thought we’d use the company’s 3D printer. However, it was just a cheapy one so Alan and I had to spend the best part of 2 days hacking it apart to make it work properly and produce at least a half-decent print! But it was worth it on two fronts; first we validated the design and eventually got some great new wheel motor brackets. Second, upper management saw the effort that went into trying to get the cheap 3D printer to work, and decided to invest in a more robust and reliable machine which should help with future design prototyping – both for PiWars and for future pi-top projects!


I’m still not 100% sure how I ended up making the vlog for the unboxing with Alan, you may have been able to tell that I was less than impressed; I definitely could’ve done with an autocue!

Alan and Chris building our robot


Although I joined the PiWars team late, I’ve been really enjoying working on the machine learning side of coding, so much so that I’ve been trying to shoehorn machine learning into every challenge; I’m not sure the team agrees with me!


It’s been great fun coming up with concepts for the tasks. Determining different approaches, and then deciding on final ideas as a team.

Whether it’s running the setup with motors of with different RPMs, or trying out different motor driver HATs, it’s always great to work together and build cool projects. Really looking forward to seeing how everyone else has approached tackling the same tasks and maps. 🙂

Robotics has been known for creating some pretty cool things, from time to time:



When way back in August Cat mentioned PiWars and the possibility of submitting an application to enter as a team I was thrilled. It was my first month at pi-top and I was still getting to know my new workmates and the amazing Pi community but I thought it was a brilliant idea – building a robot powered by the Raspberry Pi? Coding? Sounds right up our alley.

Fast Forward to seven months later I couldn’t be more glad we made that decision. We’ve been pretty busy here at pi-topHQ over the past months (we launched the fab new pi-top in October, then I got caught up in the Christmas campaign planning and before we realised, it was Bett 2018) but our PiWars weekly meetings and build sessions have always been a good way to evade work for a few and just have fun creating our robot. I’m not the most techy person in the team so there are times that I wish I could help my teammates more. However, I definitely enjoy learning from them and to be honest, sometimes their conversations are quite amusing.

It’s also funny that, without even planning it, we’ve involved the whole of our UK office with the build and testing (annoyingly for some, specially when we decide that it’s a good time to take the robot out for a spin). Our Friday afternoons at the office are way better now that we have our green roboTOP (aka Frankentop) around!


There are nine people on the pi-top PiWars team and it can be a bit of a challenge to ensure that everyone is on the same page, especially with different levels of expertise amongst the group. From my perspective, the building and coding is something that just seems to magically happen, but I’m sure the hardware and software guys and girls have had plenty of challenges along the way. My role seems to mostly be to make sure that everything is running smoothly and that everyone feels part of the team and so far that has gone quite well, but it can be hard work to get updates from the different teams so that we can bring together all the ideas.

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One of my favourite things about working on this project has been the bringing together of different teams within the office – we have a big collection of different people from different departments, although I have noticed that nearly all of the pi-topCLASSROOMs dev team seems to have joined our PiWars team! Either way, it’s been great fun to work with people that I wouldn’t normally spend time with during the working day so I’m really grateful to have been part of this project.


Finding an appropriate software language and architecture for our robot has been an agonising and rewarding experience. Python is the natural choice due to the amazing wealth of Raspberry Pi community hardware libraries but the emotional rollercoaster began when we began to compose our while Trues together.

With several web developers in the team, we saw our robot as a server which should communicate with number of interfaces and users. Achieving this interconnected concurrency in Python seemed tricky (ugly). Although the new asyncio library might have proved us wrong we had a favourite hammer up our sleeves: Node.js.

So an architecture emerged: Node in charge, spinning up IO modules and passing messages between them. But at the core of several modules are Python child processes, handling heavy lifting in opencv and precise timing requirements like software PWM.


The biggest problem for me is how many times we’ve reassembled the Frankentop – whether from loose cables or battery packs on fire, it’s great fun but incredibly frustrating. As an engineer, I want things to work properly first time (and I don’t want to have to write blog posts, Cat).


The biggest challenge we’ve faced as a team, in my opinion, has been finding the time to work on the robot. Many different areas need to align in order to work effectively – a functional prototype needs to be assembled in order to test the code, progress needs to be made in order to blog about it, course models need to be built in order to practice – and trying to coordinate 9 people around varied and demanding schedules has been difficult.

In trying to work around this, the tendency is for people to work on parts of the robot independently. While not ideal, this has actually been the biggest highlight for me: we’ve really picked up momentum thanks to the stellar contributions from some of the team members who have taken it into their own hands (and own spare time) to experiment with different parts of the robot; this has made it a lot easier for the team as a whole to come together around a working prototype and codebase and tackle specific tasks, since the “hard part” of getting started has already been done. So shout out to Chris, Angus and Liv for having put together the majority of the Frankentop at this point!

The new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is here, happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day! We’ve kicked off the day the best way possible: with the launch of the newest Raspberry Pi family member, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. Come join our celebrations starting at 6.30pm at The Draft House (Old Street, London) today. We’ll provide free drinks and nibbles.

Sign up to get your free ticket

And now, let’s geek out about the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ features!

Raspberry Pi Model 3 B+ features


The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ boasts a 64-bit quad core processor running at 1.4GHz, dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet via a separate PoE HAT (phew, that’s a mouthful).

It maintains the same mechanical footprint as both the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. The price also remains the same as the previous models, meaning that you can enjoy the upgraded pi-top at no extra cost.

Watch this video featuring Roger Thornton and Eben Upton discussing the new features:

What are the key differences between the Pi 3 Model B and Model B+?

New: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
  • Increased processing power 1.4GHz
  • Enhanced Wireless networking dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless LAN IEEE 802.11.b/g/n/ac
  • Improved Bluetooth 4.2/Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Faster Ethernet networking Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0 – 300Mbps max. throughput
  • Power Over Ethernet capability
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  • Processing power 1.2GHz
  • Wireless networking single-band 2.4GHz wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.1 / Bluetooth Low Energy
  • Ethernet networking

So, with all these incremental improvements the Pi 3B+ with its new nifty chips and features runs cooler, streams videos faster and the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been able to tune their clocking and voltage rules for both better peak performance and longer-duration sustained performance.

When will pi-top & pi-topCEED be available with the new Raspberry Pi 3 B+?

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As always, we only ship with the newest technology. Pre-order your pi-topCEED and pi-top from now onwards with a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. We do anticipate to have a shipping time of up to 2-3 weeks.

See you this evening,


Celebrating Women in STEAM for International Women’s Day

One of the most inspiring days of the year for any woman who works or teaches in science, technology, engineering, arts or maths (STEAM) is International Women’s Day (IWD), which falls on Thursday 8th March.

With IWD celebrations being held across the world this week, it’s a reminder both of the huge influence that women have had in developing and promoting STEAM and Maker-based approaches to education and, in the era of #metoo and #timesup, a timely reminder of the challenges and continuing struggles that many women face, in education, in the workplace and elsewhere.

The critical relationship between the arts and traditional science, technology, engineering and maths – which transforms STEM into STEAM – cannot be overstated in our opinion, and the need for more women to teach across all STEAM subjects is more urgent than ever before.

Illustration by Hydrogene at Redbubble

Creativity, technology and science

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Cyber Girls first event hosted by Moneypenny in Wrexham

Art and design skills are increasingly required in the digital workspace, a trend which is only set to accelerate in the coming years. Consider, for example, the growing importance of user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design in software and application development.

Creativity, technology and science are by no means separate and exclusive fields in today’s world!

This is why it is necessary to celebrate and promote any initiative that is dedicated to encourage all women of any age to explore and teach creative technology topics. Bringing more women and more arts subjects into the teaching of project-based and collaborative STEAM education is a fundamental requirement if we are to prepare today’s children for the forthcoming ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’.

And the more women that we see achieving success in STEAM fields, the more inspiring role models we have to inspire younger girls in the classroom that express an interest in these subjects.

The future of STEAM education is collaborative, inclusive, gender-balanced and open to any and every child with the imagination and desire to learn how to make things using new technologies. From rudimentary robots through to sophisticated electronic music synthesisers or the many as-yet unimagined inventions and innovations that the future holds, women are at the centre of the STEAM revolution in education.

What does STEAM mean to pi-top?


Finally, what does STEAM mean to the team here at pi-top? And how might teachers engage with this topic to improve outcomes in their own schools and classrooms?

Our founder and CEO Jesse Lozano was asked this very question at Bett last year, to which he responded:

 I have found the best way to describe STEAM in an academic setting is a ‘curriculum aligned set of learning’ that focuses on computer science and physical computing that is ‘wrapped’ in biology, chemistry and physics learning.

“This links into why people should care about STEAM. We have a serious shortage of graduates going into the working market without a background in highly sought after science based, academic subjects. By including project-led STEAM learning, in say the computer science classroom, we can inject engaging content into the curricula and give young students the opportunity to get inspired by the wider world of science learning.

“By showing our students how creative they can be in a science based learning path we are more likely to increase the rate at which students go on to study STEAM based degrees at university.”

You can see more on pi-top’s unique approach to STEAM Education over on our YouTube channel.

PiWars 2018 – Frankentop Mechanical Build pt.1

Early on in the process, pi-top’s Mechanical Design Engineer, Chris started making plans for our robot but everything changed in January after a brief discussion with our CTO Ryan, which led to Robo-Top becoming something of a pi-top Frankenstein’s Monster.

As I’m not massively technically-minded, Chris is going to take over the blog post from here and fill you all in with the journey from Brian’s Max Robot to pi-top’s monster.

Space claim analysis

After deciding to mount a pi-top on the robot, the first we had to do was a space claim analysis. We had to compare the size of a pi-top to the robot space claim specified in the PiWars’ rules.

Our pi-top is 340mm wide and 220mm deep. The PiWars space claim is 225mm wide and 300mm deep. In order to fit out pi-top in the space claim, we decided to trim a 125mm section from the centre.

Spaceclaim Analysis

Modification of pi-top

Before we can modify the pi-top, we had to remove all the parts we didn’t need. 

To allow the pi-top to still function after modification, we had to consider carefully where to cut so as not to hinder electrical or mechanical functionality. We measured where we wanted to cut and fired up the dremel! The initial cut was straight through, then once the unit was in two pieces, it was easier for us to precisely cut to the required dimensions.


Now we have trimmed the pi-top to our desired size, the next job is to re-attach the remains back together, ensuring the mag rails on the LSH lined up in their remaining chassis slots on the RHS. We decided the easiest way to do this would be to mount it onto an Aluminium base plate – this would provide strong structural rigidity as well giving us a good platform to build from.

pi-top re-attached and mounted on Aluminium plate

Undercarriage manufacture

We decided to use to aluminium t-slot extrusion to fabricate an undercarriage to sit beneath the aluminium base plate. This would give us a very flexible setup allowing wheel motors, sensor PCBs and PiWars challenge specific hardware to be mounted at any location around the robot – ideal for the development phase, as we don’t currently know the exact positions we want to mount things.

Concept sketch of robot undercarriage


Robot undercarriage


Motor bracket design


The brackets we were using to fix the wheel motors onto the chassis had a couple of issues that made them a bit fiddly to use – the screw location for fixing them to the chassis was underneath the motor. This meant if we wanted to swap out the brackets, the motor had to be taken off to gain access to the attachment screws – not ideal if we needed to quickly swap out brackets in the competition! We thought we could design some better ones.

We created a CAD model of the motor bracket design using SolidWorks and then 3D printed some.

The motor bracket designs were checked with the motors and once we had confirmed all the holes lined up correctly, we mounted the motors onto the undercarriage.


As can be seen in the picture above, with the new motor design the robot mounting screws are much easier to access. This allows us to remove the motor and bracket as one assembly, allowing for faster motor interchange at competition time!

Peripheral sensors

We decided to make four break-out sensor circuit boards to fit around the peripherals of the robot. They would each be fitted with a camera and distance sensor, allowing us to more easily control the position of the robot on the PiWars challenge courses.


Electronic pass-thrus & wiring looms

We needed to create an electronics pass-thru on the robot to allow wires from the undercarriage up through to the laptop chassis and pi controller. We decided to drill a big hole straight through the middle! 


Once the pass-thru hole had been drilled and deburred, we decided to tape the periphery to help prevent damage to cable looms.

Now we were ready to run the cable looms from each of the sensor break-out boards and the motors from the undercarriage up to the pi-top chassis.


Further Work

Thus ends the blog for part 1 of the mechanical build. We still have the following on the agenda for future mechanical build blogs:

  • Wiring loom connectors – quick interchange to be competition ready
  • Battery and other electrical component mounting
  • LCD screen sub-system design
  • Wheel optimisation

Until then, please enjoy the Rocky-esque montage of the engineering build!


Raspberry Jam Big Birthday Weekend – Join the celebration

As many of you already know, this week Raspberry Pi turned six years old (happy birthday! Check out this great illustrated retrospective of the Raspberry Pi) and to celebrate it, the fantastic Pi community has synchronised to host over 120 Raspberry Jams this weekend in 30 different countries. 

Organised by Raspberry Pi community members including some of our amazing pi-topCHAMPIONS, we’ve decided to put together a small list of Raspberry Jams to help you find one to attend. Whether you are a veteran jam attendee or new to this world, these events are a great opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. So go on, put on your party hats because it’s celebration time!  

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Meet on Saturday at Chez Alan one of our amazing champions with a passion for Code Club and all things Pi. Join in as Alan McCullagh celebrates Raspberry Pi turning six with a spectacular Jam in the south of France.

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Workshops,talks, prizes… sounds appealing to you? Then make sure you go to Birmingham City University on Saturday to meet another of our amazing champions, Spencer Organ. *Edit: Due to unforeseen weather conditions this Jam has been postponed.* 


Run by the team who bring you Blackpool Raspberry Jam, Saturday will be filled of fun, activities and cake. If you get a chance, remember to say hello to pi-topCHAMPION Les Pounder – he’ll be sure to want to chat about digital making. 


Get hands-on making. Claire Garside will be hosting on Saturday talks, workshops and challenges.


Are you in London this weekend? There are two fantastic events that you can go to:



At Preston they are hosting their own ‘Raspberry Pi Sandwich’ with two events: one today at 6pm and another one on Monday. Meet up with the wonderful pi-topCHAMPION Alan O’Donohoe and Josh, one of our FUTUREchampions.


Two of our pi-topCHAMPIONS, Mike Horne and Tim Richardson, have joint forces to organise this Raspberry Jam. Attend on Saturday this family-friendly event to meet other fellow community members. Have we mentioned they’ll provide cake to celebrate?


United States

Edinburg, TX

Join the very first Raspberry Jam in South Texas. They have events going on both Saturday and Sunday. Don’t forget to say hello to the pi-topCHAMPION Efren Rodriguez!

Morgan Hill, California

Kevin Olson has put together this great event. Explore Raspberry Pi on Saturday hacking Minecraft and working with electronics.

Roanoke, Virginia

Head to the Roanoke South County Library on Saturday at 10am if you happen to be in Roanoke, our pi-topCHAMPION Darrell Little will be there too!

If you couldn’t find an event near you, don’t worry – Have a look at this interactive map to find one close to home.

There’s more…

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We have decided to join the festive mood and organise something special to celebrate Pi Day on the 14th of March. Pop by the Draft House in Old Street (London, UK) to join this Coding Evening for teachers, community members and people interested in helping to support the teaching of coding and learning by making as part of the new Computing Curriculum. 

We will provide some food and drink to get the party started. If you would like to attend, please RSVP here. We hope you can make it!

With love,


GESS Dubai 2018 – Come meet us!

We are on a mission to bring the power of physical computing to the world of education and help educators from all around the world bring science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to life. In January, the pi-topTEAM showcased our learning by making ecosystem at Bett in London and FETC in Orlando and just a few weeks ago, they were at TCEA in Austin.

In less than a week, we are packing up our mean green dream machines to GESS Dubai from the 27th of February till  the 1st of March at stand M10. The show is free to attend and CDP accredited, so if you are happen to be in Dubai , come join us! Here’s a taster of everything we’ve got planned.

Free STEAM education workshops


Experience pi-top’s modular products and get making, innovating and inventing with them! Run by our in-house educationalists, we will explore a whole new chapter of computer science, STEAM education and learning by making.

Join us for a hands-on workshop session in a collaborative classroom setting. Learning with pi-top is about solving problems together, applying knowledge and collaborating with others. Does this sound appealing to you? There are a limited number of spaces available, book yours quickly to join us at stand M10.

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The pi-top ecosystem for collaborative learning provides a transformative maker-centered learning experience. Come meet the team on stand M10 to find out how you can empower students to become collaborative, critical and creative thinkers.

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, we encourage teachers and learners to think beyond the screen and spend less solitary screen time and more collaborative ‘creative time’. We want to equip students with the necessary skills to thrive in the 21st century.

GESS Talks


As we’ve highlighted in the pi-top magazine, we are on the precipice of what the World Economic Forum calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed. Graham Brown-Martin, Learning Reimagined’s author, broadcaster and pi-top’s Chief Education Adviser, will present  on the 27th of February at 15:00 those changes and how education is at the heart of preparing present and future generations to thrive.

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On the 28th of February at 14:00 pi-top’s CEO and co-founder, Jesse Lozano, will share pi-top’s story; from his kitchen table he made to the world’s leading learning by making platform, where computer science and STEAM education are brought to life via the medium of physical computing and collaborative problem-solving. The talk will be followed by an interview with Graham Brown-Martin, and we are sure you wouldn’t want to miss!

See you soon,


PiWars 2018 – The Building Starts

This year started with the chaos of Bett and the beginning of our robot build. Our team hit the ground running but with trips to Australia, Antigua and Brazil, we had to think hard about how to split resources to ensure time wasn’t being wasted. Especially since we were getting increasingly concerned by all the incredible tweets and blogs by our competitors! 👀

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With most of our team spending a week at ExCel for Bett, a few members decided to take the opportunity of peace and quiet office during the week to get moving with our build and made great progress getting the Max robot off the ground.

Ryan, pi-top’s CTO, made a few suggestions for our robot body to make it a bit more ‘pi-toppy’ – more on that in our next blog post – and the dev team got started on writing the code.

Check out our build video below to see the team getting started on both coding and building our robot!

Since things have settled back into normality, the excitement of our robot has caused a bit of a buzz here at pi-topHQ and we’re thrilled to be able to announce that we have a new team member joining us.

Liv accidentally found himself trying to make our robot follow a red ball and the next thing he knew, he was signed up to the team and ready to join us in Cambridge in April. Good job we had a spare bed. Meet our new team member!


Name: Olivier ‘Liv’ Wilkinson
Role at pi-top: Software Developer
Role on the PiWars team: Senior “Trying To Fit Machine Learning Into All The Tasks” Architect
Fun Fact: This profile was written by a Deep Reinforcement Learning Algorithm
Inspirational Quote: “All your robots are belong to us”
Favourite pizza topping: Pizzas
Most likely to…: Overfit
What you’re most excited about for PiWars: (Deep) Learning Opportunities


With love,


PiWars 2018 – The Unboxing…

Before Christmas, we received our amazing Max robot chassis from Brian Corteil. The plan was to use this as a test robot to get our code up and running before using components and modifying the chassis in a uniquely pi-top way.

Once we received our box of exciting hardware, we all agreed it would be great fun to film an unboxing video and thought that customer support manager, Alan, would be a great choice for this video since he has a huge passion for hardware and engineering. We also asked Matt, our Senior DevOps Engineer, to step in and give Alan a hand. We’ll let you judge the results, but let’s just say it wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be…

Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog post… The building is about to begin! 😀

With love,


Bett 2018 – Show Recap

It might sound like a cliché, but it’s crazy how time does fly! A couple of weeks ago we were sharing our enthusiasm about attending Bett 2018 and now we surprise ourselves writing a show recap.

Like every year, we had an amazing four days at one of the world’s leading education technology shows. It was chock full of activities; engaging workshops, interesting talks and extraordinary people that, like us, want to empower students to become collaborative, critical and creative thinkers. So, without any further ado, these are some of the show’s highlights!

pi-top winning!

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We are chuffed and incredibly proud to announce that we won the ‘Innovator of the YearBett 2018 Award. This is the second year in a row that we take home a Bett award – last year we won ‘Start-up of the Year’ – so massive props to the team!

Winning ‘Innovator of the Year’ means a great deal to all of us, as it’s an important recognition of the great work that we’ve accomplished over the last year. Plus, it raises the bar for what we now want to achieve in 2018 and beyond…

Hands-on STEAM education workshops


We managed to get everyone making, creating and innovating with our modular products during our fun workshops. They were focused on solving problems together, applying knowledge and inciting learners to discuss with others what will work best.

Bett Talks

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We passionately believe that Collaborative Problem Solving is an essential skill in education and a basic necessity for the 21st century workforce. It is undeniable that the world is changing at an overwhelming pace and, as educators, we should all be thinking of how to equip our children with the skills to thrive in this transforming society.

As Jesse Lozano, pi-top’s CEO, explained in his keynote, the reason we wake up every morning is to design an inspiring learning by making ecosystem that supports students in the development of critical and creative skills while empowering educators to achieve their goals.


We also hosted two talks on Collaborative Problem Solving from the educators’ and students’ perspective. Both were hugely enlightening and clearly demonstrated that our education system needs to evolve and adapt to both educators’ and learners’ needs.

Drinks Reception

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On Friday 26th of January we hosted a pre-TeachMeet drinks reception in the STEAM Village to celebrate STEAM education and a wonderful week at Bett. We had a great time meeting new people and seeing some familiar faces 🙂

#NoStormtroopers Competition

In one of pi-top’s magazine articles we wonder if Constructionism can prevent our children turning into mindless Stormtroopers (you can read the article online) so we thought it might be a good idea to fill ExCel London with our #NoStormtroopers stickers and badges.

We encouraged all of our stand visitors to share their best #NoStormtroopers pictures with us to be in with a chance of winning daily prizes of pi-top swag for the most creative placements. Check out some of our favourites here!


If you didn’t make it to Bett this year, don’t worry. You can have a look at the very first issue of the pi-top magazine ‘Learning by Making’ here.

The mag features case studies and articles by Learning Reimagined author, broadcaster and pi-top’s Chief Education Adviser, Graham Brown-Martin  and Mitchel Resnick (Professor of Learning Research at MIT Media Lab and author of Lifelong Kindergarten).

Thanks again to everyone that stopped by the STEAM Village to see us at Bett. We loved meeting each and everyone of you. And we cannot wait to see you again next year!

Onwards and upwards,


Bett 2018 – Competition

Bett 2018 is here! This year we’ve got a lot of things planned: two stands F480 and G480 full of pi-top fun, several free hands-on workshops over the course of Bett, three Bett talks and our drinks reception on Friday, 26th of January. But it doesn’t end there. Here at pi-topHQ we thought that it would be a good idea to get creative and give you the chance to win a free pi-top modular laptop for learning by making every single day.

This competition is only open during the BETT Show times between 24th-27th January 2018. The competition is open only to Bett 2018 visitors aged 18+.

Come find us at G480 for a change to win a new pi-top!


How to participate*:

  1. Come to stand G480 (in the STEAM Village)
  2. Scan your badge
  3. Grab one of our free pi-top stickers
  4. Get creative and find the best place for your pi-top sticker! Take a quick snap of it and tweet us @GetPiTop using hashtag #NoStormtroopers
  5. The lucky winners will be contacted

*Entries valid only during BETT show times, between the 24th to the 27th of January 2018. The competition is only open to participants aged 18+. T’s&C’s apply.


At the end of each day the pi-top team will choose the three most creative sticker placements posted on social media from all entries of the day! Winners will be announced at the end of the day and prizes will be handed out or shipped to you directly after the event.

  • 1st prize:

1 x the new pi-top with Raspberry Pi 

1 x pi-top swag pack 

  • Runner up prizes:

2 x pi-top swag pack

Competition Rules Overview 

  1. This competition is only open during the Bett Show times 24th-27th January 2018.
    1. Closing date is the 27th January 2018 at 5pm.
  2. The prize competition is open only to Bett 2018 attendees and participants aged 18+.
  3. Multiple entries by the same person will not be accepted.
  4. Valid entries must have complied with all the entry requirements steps.
    1. Get badge scanned by pi-topTEAM
    2. Upload a picture with pi-top sticker to Twitter
    3. Tag @GetPiTop
    4. Use #NoStormtroopers
  5. The prize is non-transferable
  6. The winners are selected by pi-topTEAM
  7.  Any personal data submitted with consent will be kept by pi-top for marketing purposes and will not be shared with any other third party.

pi-top Bett 2018 competition T&C

See you there!