Pi Wars Competition 2021 – Pi Wars at Home

On 20th-21st March 2021, we will hold Pi Wars at Home. The event will be held wherever you are in the World!

Differences to Virtual Pi Wars

The original Virtual Pi Wars (VPW) was very popular (over 350 people were watching live at the peak, which was more than twice what we were expecting!) However, the 2021 event will be different.

We are going to set a series of new and exciting challenges to be tackled by robot teams. These will (obviously) be different to the Disaster Zone challenges but we are planning on using some of the same skills that you have gained since you started building your robots, plus some new ideas to challenge you.

Don’t despair, the Disaster Zone event will be held eventually, hopefully in 2022.

Construct your own arena and courses

Each team will need to make an arena and a set of their own courses, details of which can be found here. Construction of the courses is achievable using a mixture of household objects, cardboard and lots of tape! You can even share a set of courses with fellow competitors (any relevant COVID-19 regulations must be followed, of course and we recommend maintaining strict cleanliness procedures).

Record your videos

For each challenge, you will need to record a video and then send that to us by Friday, 5th March at 12 noon (UK time), before the broadcast of the live stream on 20th-21st March which will be a collection of the videos submitted. There will be a live chat going on at the same time as the stream, so there will be a social aspect as well.

Rules and Applying for the event

We think it will be a terrific event, but we need you to make it happen. The competition is open to everyone, worldwide. Applications for competitors opened on Sunday, 23rd August and will close on Monday, 12th October at 12 noon (UK time).

Please note: If you were accepted into the 2020 competition, you must still apply for Pi Wars 2021, however you will be automatically accepted into the event.

Rules for the event are split into two:

Once you have read those pages, you can apply for Pi Wars 2021 here.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Important dates

23rd August 2020 – Applications open

2nd September 2020 – Challenges announced

12th October 2020 – Applications closed

17th October 2020 – Application results announced

23rd January 2021 – Pi Wars Conference

5th March 2021 – Videos of challenge runs must be submitted by 12 noon

20th-21st March 2021 – Live streams of the competition entries / announcement of results