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Young Raspberry Pi programmers can win a cash prize

The manufacturers of the Raspberry Pi have launched a summer competition with cash prizes.

Young programmers who are getting to grips with Raspberry Pi computer have the opportunity to win cash prizes, as its creator has launched a summer competition.

At Games Britannia in Sheffield, the people behind the barebones system launched the competition for children and young people. It will run over a two month period that coincides with the school summer holiday break in the northern hemisphere.

A prize of $1,000 (£650) will be offered to young programmers who have written the best software on the Raspberry Pi in two age categories, those aged 13 and under and then 14 to 18.

Five runner-up prizes of $200 (£130) are also offered in each category.

"The aim of the contest is simply to produce a software Application, which runs on the Raspberry Pi computer and which impresses the Judges. Each Entry consists of an Entry Form and an archive file containing all source code, binaries and data for the Application," said a statement accompanying the competition.

Avid programmers who do not already own the Raspberry Pi and fancy their chances can buy the system for just $25 (£16). It comes with a small amount of on-board memory and slots for extra memory and USB devices.

The Pi is ideal for young people to learn the basics of coding and programme writings, helping to educate young IT students, giving them a practical understanding of the way computers function.

After this summer's competition, the foundation that created the device hope to run similar contests on a weekly basis.

"These are the first steps in the foundation's plan to return the bulk of the profit from selling units to young people in the form of prizes and other incentives," said executive director Eben Upton.

The potential of the Pi is huge, with one programmer successfully turning it into a portable SNES.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801404355-ADNFCR