What is the Codeworx Challenge you ask?
The Codeworx Challenge is a national competition open to all New Zealand secondary schools. The Challenge requires students to create a solution using a Raspberry Pi that solves a real world problem and/or is useful in someone’s everyday life.
Are there prizes?
There will be spot prizes up for grabs throughout the year with a total prize pool worth over $14,000. Prizes include $1250 for the individual category winner and $750 for each member that wins the team category. Winners will also gain $2500 worth of digital tech equipment for their school plus a code avengers license worth $2500.
What is a Raspberry Pi?
A Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer developed to assist the teaching of computer science in schools. This year we will be sending 300 Raspberry Pi (B+ model) to registered schools so more students are able to take part! Check out the Raspberry Pi website here!
Can I gain NCEA credits from Codeworx?
Many teachers are now incorporating the Codeworx Challenge into the current NCEA curriculum which enables students to gain credits from taking part. However you will need to check with your digital technologies teacher first!
When can I register?
Registrations open from 9 December 2014 and will close on 20 February 2015. Each student who wants to participate should register (whether you are planning to enter individually or as part of a team).
What operating system does the Pi use?
There are several official distributions (distros) available on our downloads page. New users will find the NOOBs installer helps as it walks you through the download and installation of a specific distro. The recommended distro is Raspbian. This is specially designed for the Raspberry Pi and engineers are always optimising it, but it is a straightforward process to replace the root partition on the SD card with another ARM Linux distro, so we encourage you to try out several distros to see which one you like the most. The OS is stored on the SD card.