The 2nd Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition | 2017

Code the Raspberry Pi to Invent for the Benefit of Lebanon

Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education

in partnership with Mouna Bustros Foundation,UK Lebanon Tech Hub,Beirut Digital District

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The Raspberry Pi competition is an amazing opportunity to learn coding-making. Students identify a challenge and design a product that would benefit their country. Then, they construct it using “things around them” and program it with any open source software.

For teachers too, IEA intends to make it a great experience to acquire the skills not just to guide their students to program something but to turn ideas into a real product that they construct using STEAM topics. The teacher training will be provided at no cost.

The winning team of each category will win a valuable prize.

Check: 2nd Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition for Schools

1st Lebanon Raspberry Pi Competition for Schools

Coding making goals

Promote coding and making in schools, and to the public at large as a tool to learn better and to improve the digital literacy of Lebanese youth: problem solving, design thinking, entrepreneurial, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication skills.

Competition’s target

Code the Raspberry Pi for a purpose that benefits Lebanon.

What must the contestant do?

Invent something that utilises the Raspberry Pi to benefit Lebanon.

For example, an invention might benefit education, the environment, agriculture, health, enable the delivery of better care for others, make things of everyday simpler, make information more readily available or more secure, or anything else that can improve the lives of people in this country.

Entrants must be Lebanon-based for the duration of the competition

- Primary and Middle schools students, in teams of 3 to 5

- High schools students, in teams of 3 to 5

- Vocational and Technical schools students, in teams of 3 to 5 

- University Students, in teams of 3 to 5 (the competition of this category will run in July 2018)

Each team is guided by a teacher except for university students.

To be announced later

Invent something that utilises the Raspberry Pi to benefit Lebanon For example, an invention might benefit education, the environment, agriculture, health, enable the delivery of better care for others, make things of everyday simpler, make information more readily available, or make information more secure. 

Competition Date: Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Registration: Open till Friday, February 14th, 2018

Training days for Schools: December, 29 and 30th, 2017 

Working sessions for school to teams (3 to 4): Saturday, January 20th, 2018; Saturday, February 17th, 2018; Saturday, February 24th, 2018; Saturday, March 10th, 2018; Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Reserve your place by filling the form online

Coaching and support: Support will be provided online.

Minimal cost

The total expenditure on a project submitted to the competition should not exceed $500. A limited amount of additional hardware can be used over and above this amount including a display unit, keyboard, mouse, SD card, and internet connectivity.

Open source

Any software module the contestants use must be available as source code (and under an open source license)


More than half of the processing should be on the board 

I- Creativity

- Originality of the idea; unique and surprising; shows a personal touch; Incorporating new directions or approaches to existing projects combining different elements into a coherent whole.

- Imaginative, may use common materials ideas in new and surprising ways

- Futuristic approach successfully breaking rules or conventions

- Project extensibility (connectivity, scalability, upgradable, modulation))

II-Relevance to benefitting Lebanon

- Targets a problem that is clearly defined in the community or nationwide and reasons for selecting solution is clear

- Problem is researched (talking to people, focus groups, statistics, etc.)

- Efficiency of the solution proposed

III- Team passion

- Dynamicity of the team

- Organization and planning, shared responsibility towards the project between team members

- Presentation skills

IV- Simplicity

- Appropriate use of material, simplicity of design

- Solution can be explained in simple terms

- Simplicity of use

V- Commercial and entrepreneurial potential

- Idea can be further developed/has potential and accessible to a wide audience

- Project marketing, website, social media, brochure, etc.

- Project impact


- Cost efficiency ratio

- Well-crafted with style

- Design process of the solution (design goals, objectives and understanding of design requirements, real life constraints, limitations and potential)

- Code works and meets the project requirements

Competition Guidelines

Competition criteria 

Competition award criteria


To be eligible teams should submit the following:

- A 1.30 min video or a 6 slides PPT pitching their project idea, how it is helping Lebanon and how they did the project

- The project description should be filled online on IEA platform:

- The project wall should show evidence of students work according to the following steps:

          - The project design (pictures should be uploaded)

          - Evidence of students work and progress (pictures and updates of progress)

          - The final projects’ code should be uploaded

          - Total expenditure of the project listing the equipment used and their costs

          - Contribution of each team member to the project

          - Does not exceed 500$

          - 60% of the code is on the RPi 

Register between November 7th, 2017 and February 14th, 2018 by completing an online statement of interest form on IEA’s website, which can be accessed through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

How will students work?​

Working in teams of 3 to 5 people, Students will develop applications for the Raspberry Pi utilizing either Scratch or Python programming languages. Winning entries will demonstrate innovation, creativity, and programming skills by delivering applications that make a difference for Lebanon Applications should emphasize providing better services for others, making everyday tasks simpler, and delivering relevant information.

In support of the competition IEA will train and support teachers so that they are able to guide their students throughout the competition.

Why join?

Students will unleash their creativity to come up with practical solutions to real-life situations. The program provides them with learning opportunities to build their problem solving, collaboration, and even entrepreneurial skills that will take them far beyond just learning to code.  While creating their project under the guidance of their teachers, they will work in teams with their peers and get support from local and international experts.  The activities are very enriching, great fun, and purposeful.  Students will gain skills and at the same time will make a difference in Lebanon. 

What are the stages of the program?

    - Launch of the competition

    - Registration

    - Teacher-training

    - Initiation of projects

    - Support for teachers and teams of students

    - The competition

What is the judging criteria?

 Entries will be scored on

    - Creativity

    - Relevance to benefitting Lebanon

    - Team passion 

    - Simplicity

    - Economical cost  

    - Commercial and entrepreneurial potential

Where will I get the Raspberry Pi from?

IEA is helping secure the purchase of a Raspberry Pi at the cost available online and is working to secure donations of Raspberry Pi to public school student teams.

The Raspberry Pi boards will be supplied by IEA free of charge to students of public schools and at cost to all other participants, or even to any school child.

How do I enter the competition? 

Register by completing the online entry form. 

Can I join independently if I am a High School Student?

You need to have the consent of your principal and preferably to have 2 students joining with you

How are entries submitted?

Entrants must submit their entries by March 15th, 2018. Entries must include: 

 - Proof of working in a format  (video,  photos)  of  your  choice 

-  A short description, one paragraph

-  A brief summary of the project, not more than 500 words.

 - A  comprehensive  build  guide,  or  in  more  friendly  language  –  show  others  how  you   did  what  you  did.  This must include:   A bill of materials for any additional hardware   

-  Instructions or a presentation of the project for use on  YouTube 

More questions? Contact us and we will get back to you as soon as we can.