Registrations for free Raspberry Pi have now closed
You can still enter the competition using your own Raspberry Pi. If you don't have one you can purchase one on Trade Me through an authorised reseller. Just click on this link.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you would like to be part of the competition. All we need to know is your name, email address, school and teacher's name.
Once you have emailed us we will put you onto our database and keep you up to date with competition news and giveaways (we have loads of giveaways so it really is worth emailing us).
If you have any questions please feel free to email us anytime on email@example.com
About Orion Health and The 2014 Codeworx Challenge
Orion Health has been involved in the global IT industry for over 20 years. We are proudly New Zealand owned with our head office based in Auckland. We are passionate about sharing our skills and knowledge with the next generation of Kiwi IT professionals. We recognise that high school students are not simply users of computers but producers of digital content and we want to support them in becoming the creators of digital tools for the future.
To help get high school students excited about IT, Orion Health is running the 2014 Codeworx Challenge.
New Zealanders are a nation of innovators - people who like to tinker, build and create. The Codeworx Challenge is about extending students to develop their future potential through programming, creating and learning to build new technology.
Our goal is to create a collaborative community of professionals to support students through their NCEA coursework to become the next generation of innovators in New Zealand.
Our vision is that every student in every school in New Zealand will have the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe that computer science should be part of the core New Zealand curriculum alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses.
The 2014 Codeworx Challenge will help drive this shift!
Orion Health has 250+ Raspberry Pi to give away through New Zealand Secondary Schools (home schoolers can register too).
Raspberry Pi starter kits will be delivered by the beginning of March so you can start creating your project. It will need to be submitted by 31 October 2014. Please read the small print here for full rules and criteria, terms and conditions.
Compete against secondary school students from all over the country in a competition that will test you innovation, ingenuity and digital tech skills! Not only could you win your share of great prizes, but also learn valuable skills and have heaps of fun along the way!
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.