Pi Wars 2020

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

School 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?

Applications for the 2020 event are now open. The application form, and more information, can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact us.

How can I get spectator tickets?

Tickets for spectators will be available at the beginning of December 2019.


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.

Discuss and Chat

This year, we are running both Discussion Forums and also a Chat server on Discord (Tom Oinn‘s idea!). You’ll find some competitors on the Forums, some on Discord and some on both!

Hints for Robot Teams

Brian Corteil of Coretec Robotics, and double-winner of previous Pi Wars competitions, has written this excellent list of hints and tips for robot-building teams.