Pi Wars Mini Conference

Pi Wars (Mini) Conference!

Have you ever wondered what goes in to a Pi Wars robot? Or did you help make one, and would love to share what you did with other people?

This one-day event is a celebration of Pi Wars, bringing together veterans and newbies, with a programme featuring both longer presentations and lightning talks.

We are currently seeking sponsors to help us cover the cost of catering. If you would be interested in sponsoring the event please get in touch!

The venue

The University of Cambridge is kindly allowing us to host the event at the Roger Needham Building in Cambridge on Saturday October 5th 2019. The Roger Needham Building is right next to the usual Pi Wars venue.

We have an auditorium with a capacity of 180 people, a large lobby area with stands for our exhibitors, and a breakout room as a display area for showing off robots. Please do bring your robot if you can, and tell people about it in the breaks!

We will have ample free parking available on the day in the University's Park & Cycle car park next to our building, and the site is also served by the Route U bus from the City centre and the Cambridge railway station.


You must have a ticket to attend this event, and there will be no tickets for sale on the door!

Tickets sales are now open on our Eventbrite site until the 31st of August.

The price is only £10/person for over-18s, and free for under-18s (who must be accompanied by a responsible adult).



9:00 Breakfast and registration
10:00 Welcome from Tim Richardson and Mike Horne
10:10 Keynote by Brian Corteil - How not to build a Pi Wars winning robot!
10:50 "Computer Vision" from scratch - Brian Starkey
11:20 Break
11:50 Introduction to PID control - or how to make your robot drive in a straight line - Lance Robson
12:20 Will your next Pi Wars entry be a walker? The challenges of multi-legged robots - Chris Parrott
12:35 The Art Of Pi Wars - Amy W
12:50 Lunch break, and robot show-off
14:00 Turning Toys into Toybots - Leo White
14:30 Create a Raspberry Pi HAT with KiCad 5 - Making open source hardware with free and open source software - Leon Anavi
15:00 Our Pi Wars Journey - CERCBot Team
15:30 Break
16:00 Lightning talks, raffle, and close

In addition to the scheduled talks in the auditorium, we have a breakout room for people to display any of their robots they want to bring, and show them off in the breaks.

We also hope to welcome exhibitors who you'll be able to talk to (and buy things from!) at their tables in the lobby area.

If that wasn't enough, we will also have a free raffle with prizes donated by our amazing sponsors.


This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors:

If you would be interested in sponsoring us or exhibiting please get in touch!


Please note our Code of Conduct, Accessibility policy and Safeguarding policy.

The Pi Wars Mini Conference is a Cambridge Raspberry Jam event
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