The Theme – “Old McDoofus Had a Farm”
That’s right! Our house robot, Doofus, has moved to a farm and needs your help! There’s so much work to do, and only so much time to do it. You’ll need to help feed the animals, protect the animals from wolves, harvest your apple crop and take visitors on tours around the farm.
The General Rules
There is an extensive set of General Rules for Pi Wars 2022. Please read them carefully as they will tell you how the competition is structured and how you will compete.
There are six challenges for Pi Wars 2022. You should review the background information and rules for each of these challenges.
Applying to enter
Applications closed on 23rd October.
Applications will be read by the organisers to determine who will be offered a place. If selected, there is a £15 per team fee to pay to enter the competition.
The Live Broadcast
The live stream of Pi Wars 2022 will take place on 9th-10th July.
Background for this year’s theme
“Agri-tech is any technology or practice to improve sustainable productivity of agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, forestry and the care of pets and horses.”
Agricultural technology, or Agri-tech, is a growing challenge for farmers who seek to find new, and more efficient ways, to grow their business and operate profitably. Here is a list of articles, videos and radio programmes that you might want to look at to find out more about this fascinating topic.
- What is Agri-tech? Agricultural Technology in a Nutshell
- Wikipedia article on Agricultural Technology
- A Smithsonian Magazine article about the use of robots in agriculture
- A video about 7 farming robots that might change agriculture
- Interesting Engineering article about the invasion of robots in agriculture
- Radio 4 programme Costing the Earth covers robotics in farming
- The High Tech Farming Revolution – BBC video
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome onboard our new Head Judge, Phil Willis. Phil is a veteran of Pi Wars, having been competing for many years with both Ipswich Makerspace and the Forest Fighters team. It’s great to have him with us on the next phase in the Pi Wars journey! Many thanks to Professor Lucy Rogers for her help over the past few years. We wish her the very best in her future endeavours!