element14 Community Launches Art-Themed 'Pi-Casso' Design Challenge

February 13, 2019

Press Release

element14 Community Launches Art-Themed 'Pi-Casso' Design Challenge

Selected challengers will use Raspberry Pi and accessories to create something beautiful, from public art to home decoration

element14.com, the world’s largest electronic design community, has launched the ‘Pi-Casso’ Design Challenge, encouraging its community to think outside the frame and create digital artwork that showcases the versatility of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. This latest design challenge from Newark element14 underscores the Development Distributor’s commitment to push its community to create groundbreaking designs that surpass conventional thinking of what electronics projects can be.

“The world’s most famous artists from Van Gogh to Picasso broke barriers and created artwork that made a profound impact on the world, and our community members are creating groundbreaking designs every day that impact the world around them too,” said Dianne Kibbey, Global Head of Community and Social Media for the element14 Community. “With a focus on electronic designs and a product as versatile as Raspberry Pi as the centerpiece for this challenge, there’s no limit to what our community can accomplish.”

Challengers can either push their boundaries by using the computing power of Pi as the brains of their artistic work or use it to improve the aesthetics of their surroundings. Sample projects could include:

• Raspberry Pi art installation


• Camera Vision processing art


• Internet connected installation


• Interactive wall paper


• Room lighting control


• Gallery control system


• Mobile VR experience

Designers can apply to participate in Pi-Casso through February 28 by submitting their proposal online. On March 8, up to 15 challengers will be notified and given the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, a Piface Digital 2, and a Raspberry Pi Camera V2 to build their design, but will only be required to use Raspberry Pi in their design. The challengers will have about 15 weeks to build their projects, and develop 10 blog posts sharing their progress with the element14 Community. Entries will be judged by a panel of judges from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the element 14 Community and others on originality, innovation and technical merit. Winners will be announced in early June.

First prize winners will receive a MJI Mavic 2 Pro Videography Drone, second place winners will receive a Nikon D3500 DSLR, along with lenses and a lighting kit, and design challenge finishers will receive a Raspberry Pi Arcade Kit to help turn their Raspberry Pi into a miniature arcade cabinet.

To learn more about the ‘Pi-Casso’ Design Challenge, please visit www.element14.com/PiCasso.