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Pi Wars 2024 – Disaster Zone

What is Pi Wars?

Pi Wars is an international, challenge-based robotics competition in which teams build Raspberry Pi-controlled robots and then compete in various non-destructive challenges to earn points. The competition takes place over a single weekend and at the end of each day, prizes, medals and trophies are awarded to those competing.

In previous years, we have had teams from schools, clubs, families, groups of hobbyists and solo roboteers. The competition is open to anyone from around the world and in the past has included teams from countries including all areas of the UK, the USA, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Turkey and Nigeria!

You can see our launch video/trailer here to get an idea of what an in-person event is like!

When and where will Pi Wars next take place?

Our most recent competition was Pi Wars 2024 which took place on Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st April at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory (William Gates Building) in the City of Cambridge, UK.

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Dates for the in-person event are chosen so that:

  1. We avoid most schools’ exam periods.
  2. We avoid the Easter school holidays.
  3. We hold it in the University’s holiday period (which makes set-up easier).

Why in-person? What about those who can’t get to Cambridge?

We wanted to bring Pi Wars back to what it was before the pandemic – an in-person competition over one weekend. Our team of volunteers had built all the courses, and teams were ready to compete, but we had to cancel due to Covid. We felt it only right that Disaster Zone should live again! We also felt that the at home competition put an extra burden on teams: that of building their own arena and courses, when all they really wanted to do was to build the robot. The 2024 competition does not rule out an at home event at some point in the future, though.

We’re intending to record lots of video footage during the weekend of the event so that those who are unable to get to Cambridge can experience what the event is like, see the courses, meet some of the competitors and see the prizegiving

How do I apply? Can I enter a team to compete?

Currently, applications are closed. However, you can see information about our application and selection process here. (TO DO)

Can I get tickets to watch?

Yes! Volunteers for the event and those 16 and under can attend the event for free. For those 16 and over, the tickets are £6 for the whole weekend.


2024 Disaster Zone plaque

The theme for 2024 was Disaster Zone! It was all to do with natural and man-made disasters with a special nod to our favourite disaster movies. This long-awaited theme was carried over from the postponed 2020 Pi Wars!

General Rules

There are quite a lot of rules, so we have created a separate page for these: general rules for the competition can be found here.


There is lots of detail available on all the challenges and you can read about the Disaster Zone challenges here.

Who is competing?

You can view a full list of competing and reserve teams here, along with their blogs.

Discuss and Chat

We run a Chat server on Discord. You’ll find a lot of competitors on Discord as well as some of the organisers – good for those quick questions that you may have. We recommend only joining Discord if you are over 18, in line with our Safeguarding policies. If you are under 18, please ensure you have the appropriate permission from your responsible adult.

You can also join the discussion on Twitter by using the #PiWars hashtag. You can find the Pi Wars account here on Twitter.

Hints for Robot Teams

You can find out more about robotics using the Raspberry Pi in our Help & Tips section.