Pi Wars 2020 – Challenges

Rules will be updated if clarification is required: please read the notes at the bottom!
Please also allow for the fact that the rules are not finalised as of 1st August. They are intended to give an overall idea of the challenge courses only – actual scoring systems may change and further detail may be added.

The disaster-themed challenges for the 2020 competition are as follows.


Autonomous challenges are where the Raspberry Pi is controlling the robot by itself for the duration of the challenge without interference from the operator.

Autonomous or Remote Control

These challenges can be tacked either autonomously or by remote control. More points are generally available for those tackling the challenges autonomously.

Remote Control

Remote-controlled challenges are where one (or more) members of the team are controlling the robot via wireless controller(s). The challenges can be tackled autonomously for no extra points (i.e. just for the fun of it!)

Opportunities for more points / prizes

There are additional opportunities to gain more points which increase your overall score. These are:

  • Blogging – in which your pre-event exploits are described in words, videos are shot and photographs are taken.
  • Technical Merit – in which robot features, build quality and other technical aspects are scored by an expert judge on the day of the competition.
  • Artistic Merit – in which the design of the robot and other aesthetic aspects are scored by an expert judge on the day of the competition.
  • Most Disastrous Robot – in keeping with our theme for this year, the Special Award for the competition goes to the robot that has the design most influenced by disasters. This can be natural, man-made or movie-style disasters, or even a combination of all of these types! It also includes “responses to disaster” such as rescue vehicles and the like.


  1. The rules may be changed slightly or clarified following comments and questions from competitors.
  2. The points systems for each challenge may change, probably in favour of the autonomous challenges.

Ask Questions and Discuss

You can discuss the challenges and ask questions on the discussion forum or via Discord chat.