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The 2015 Codeworx Challenge has now come to an end and the judges have cast their votes. A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s challenge, we saw some really innovative submissions come through. The more successful projects had more upfront research and planning, solving a real world problem.

I know you’re all dying to know who has won the awesome prizes and bragging rights so without further ado, the winners are...



Congratulations to Zach Preston from ACG Parnell College who won the 2015 Individual Category for his project ‘Water Worx’. Zach developed a portable, robust and cost-efficient device that wirelessly displays the water level in a water tank, which the property owner can access from the comfort of his home. Zach has won $1,250 in cash and $2,500 for his school as well as a Code Avengers License for his school.


Congratulations to Sean Dickey and Janus Staufenberg from Mt Aspiring College who have won the 2015 Team Category with their project ‘Smart Valve’. Sean and Janus produced a system that allows farmers to irrigate their farms and manage water usage effectively during a draught. Sean and Janus have won $750 each and $2,500 for their school as well as a Code Avengers License for their school.


Congratulations to Caleb McIvor from Green Bay High School who was awarded highly commended for his project ‘Project SPUD’. Caleb created an automated system for a bearded dragon enclosure that controls the temperature and lighting in the enclosure. Caleb has won a $100 Westfield voucher.

Congratulations to Jonathan Borrill from Lincoln High School who was awarded highly commended for his project ‘Techno Gardening’. Jonathan developed an automated plant watering system that calculates moisture levels in the soil and waters the plants accordingly. Jonathan has won a $100 Westfield voucher.

Congratulations to Alex Edmonds and Margo Montes De Oca from Wellington Girls College who were awarded highly commended for their project titled ‘Ocean Waste Removal Submersible’. The team designed a submersible that collects floating plastic from the surface of the sea to reduce marine pollution. Alex and Margo have won a $50 Westfield voucher each.

Congratulations to Sarah Hamza, Tyla Amos, Christina Bang from Mission Heights Junior College who were awarded highly commended for their project ‘Feel the Heat’. The team produced a device that alerts car owners when their car starts to overheat to evade the death of animals and children trapped in heated cars with no ventilation. Sarah, Tyla and Christina have won a $50 Westfield voucher each.

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 is a Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It is a capable little computer which can be used in electronics projects and for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming.