Raspberry Pi to award cash prizes to young programmers

$1,000 cash prize for Pi programmers
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has launched a programming competition for children and young people.

The creator of the pocket-sized programmable computer has launched its first competition at Games Britannia in Sheffield, and the foundation is planning to run many more in the future.

Running until September 1st 2012, the competition has two age categories – 13 and under, and 14 to 18. First place will win $1,000 and there will be five runner-up prizes of $200.

To win a prize, young people have to impress the judges with a piece of software that they have written for the Raspberry Pi.

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"These are the first steps in the foundation's plan to return the bulk of the profit from selling units to young people in the form of prizes and other incentives," commented executive director Eben Upton.

Full details of the competition can be found at the Raspberry Pi Blog.

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