Pi Wars 2020

Event postponed

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have postponed Pi Wars 2020. Please read our full statement here.




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 prizes and medals are awarded to those competing at the end of each day. In previous years, we’ve had teams from schools, families, groups of hobbyists and solo roboteers. The competition is open to anyone from around the world and often features teams from countries including all areas of the UK, the USA, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Turkey and Nigeria.

When and where will Pi Wars take place in 2020?

Pi Wars 2020 will take place on 28th & 29th March at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory (William Gates Building) in Cambridge, UK.

This is the same venue that we have used for the past four events.
The address is: Cambridge Computer Laboratory, 15 JJ Thomson Ave, Cambridge CB3 0FD

Young Persons’ teams will compete on Saturday, 28th March and all other teams will compete on Sunday, 29th March.

After consultation with past competitors, the dates were chosen because:

  1. It avoids most schools’ exam period.
  2. It avoids the Easter school holidays.
  3. It is the closest weekend we could manage to the ideal ‘beginning of April’ date most people requested.

Can I enter a team to compete?

Sorry, applications are now closed. Join our mailing list to get news and updates and prior knowledge of future competitions.

How can I get spectator tickets?

Get your tickets here. Volunteers and under-16s can attend the event for free. For those 16 and over, the tickets are £5 each for one day and £7 for the whole weekend.

Information about COVID-19 and Coronavirus

Please refer to this page for our statement on the current situation.


The theme for 2020 is Disaster Zone! It is all to do with natural and man-made disasters with a special nod to our favourite disaster movies.

General Rules

General rules for the 2020 competition can be found here.


You can read about the 2020 challenges here.

Competitor Blogs

You can find links to blogs written by the 2020 teams here.

Discuss and Chat

This year, we are running a Chat server on Discord (Tom Oinn‘s idea!). You’ll find a lot of competitors on Discord.
We recommend only joining Discord if you are over 18, in line with our Safeguarding policies.

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.