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    Feed your crew, family, or the world with 1m3 of Raspberry Pi!


    Ready? Then Apply Here


    The Challenge


    The element14 Community are pleased to introduce the “1 Meter Of Pi” Design Challenge, with Raspberry Pi.

    As your rocket ship blasts into space, speeding to Mars, you have 1m3 of space to grow your food and nutrients for the journey. Resources are limited, and you need to make it work!


    Luckily, your friends at the element14 Community have provided 20 successful applicants with a Raspberry Pi 4 2GBRaspberry Pi 4 2GB, a Pimoroni PIM487 Automation HAT, PIM486 Enviro HAT, and a PICO HAT Hacker PCB to help them prepare their 1m3 builds. You have 10 weeks to save your crew.

    This could be the 1m3 of space on your rocket, or it could be used to feed the masses or in an urban setting to help feed the needy during a global disaster.

    20 successful applicants will get the Challenge Kit free of charge to build and blog their project.

    For a chance to win one of the prizes, you must blog about your build process, the final outcome of your challenge kit project, and keep your project within a VERY strict 1m3 of space. In space, no one can hear you scream ... about this constraint.


    All projects will include a form of vertical, urban, or enclosed farming. Your aim is to add a twist in your project that will set it apart from the other competitors.


    Example applications could include:

    • Zero G Enclosure
    • Entirely Self-contained System
    • Edible Algae System
    • Electronic Planting and Picking
    • High Growth Density
    • Robotic Pest Management


    The Kit Buy Kit*Buy Kit*The Specs

    Raspberry Pi 4 2GB

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    • 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 CPU ( ARM v8, BCM2711B0)
    • 2GB RAM (LPDDR4)
    • On-board wireless LAN - dual-band 802.11 b/g/n/ac
    • On-board Bluetooth 5.0, low-energy (BLE)
    • 2x USB 3.0 ports, 2x USB 2.0 ports
    • Gigabit ethernet
    • 40-pin GPIO header
    • 2× micro-HDMI ports (up to 4Kp60 supported)
    • H.265 (4Kp60 decode)
    • H.264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
    • OpenGL ES, 3.0 graphics
    • DSI display port, CSI camera port
    • Combined 3.5mm analog audio and composite video jack
    • Micro-SD card slot
    • USB-C power


      Automation HAT Mini

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    • 0.96" colour LCD (160x80)
    • 1 x 24V @ 2A relay (NC and NO terminals)
    • 3 x 12-bit ADC @ 0-24V (ADS1015) (±2% accuracy)
    • 3 x 24V tolerant buffered inputs
    • 3 x 24V tolerant sinking outputs
    • 3.5mm screw terminals
    • Pimoroni breakout-compatible pin header
    • Mini HAT-format board
    • Fully-assembled (no soldering required)
    • Compatible with all 40-pin header Raspberry Pi models
    • Python library
    • Dimensions: 65x30x16.8mm


    Enviro HAT for Raspberry Pi

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    • BME280 temperature, pressure, humidity sensor (datasheet)
    • LTR-559 light and proximity sensor (datasheet)
    • MEMS microphone (datasheet)
    • 0.96" colour LCD (160x80)
    • Pimoroni breakout-compatible pin header
    • pHAT-format board
    • Fully-assembled
    • Compatible with all 40-pin header Raspberry Pi models
    • Python library
    • Dimensions: 65x30x8.5mm


    PICO HAT Hacker

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    • BCM and descriptive pin labelling
    • Mounting holes (M2.5)
    • 0.8mm thick PCB
    • Compatible with all 40-pin header Raspberry Pi models

    Be Rewarded on the Community

    For entering and taking part in the Design Challenge competition, you'll be rewarded the following badges:


    applicant badgeApply to join the Design Challenge and receive a badge and points for applying! Make sure you've thought your application through, made it original and your own work. If you are building upon someone else's work, make sure you cite your sources. Direct copies of work will not be accepted.
    first blog badgePost your first blog! We expect updates on how your Design Challenge project is going, so don't hold back, tell us your thoughts, difficulties, and how you're progressing. Remember you're assessed based upon your updates, and don't be afraid - other challengers and members are there to help you with any problems you have, and it helps the staff to keep an eye on you!
    10 blog badge10 blogs! Wow, has it really been that long? We hope you'll keep us updated about your project at least once a week, for 10 weeks. We'll not be impressed if you only put a one-liner in there, that's what messages are for. Blogs are to make sure you're giving us all of the juicy detail, trials and tribulations of what's going on, and it keeps everyone honest!
    helpful badgeEven if you're not a challenger in the Design Challenge, we appreciate every member who joins in and gives a helping hand to applicants and members. If your messages are found to be helpful, we want to acknowledge that and reward you!


    Need help? Comment and read the resources below:

    Technical Resources:


    Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi 4

    Pi 4 start video

    Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi 4 Computer


    Raspberry Pi Documentation


    Automation Hat Libraries


    The Dates


    Project PhasesDates
    Applications Open17th August 2020
    Applications Close (about 1 Month)

    14th September 2020

    Challengers Announced

    14th October 2020

    Projects Due

    5th January 2021

    Winners Announced

    Jan 2021
    Prizes Shipped

    Jan 2021


    The Prizes


    PrizePrize Category
    1meter pi grand prize

    Grand Prizes*

    • Macbook Air
    • Pimoroni Picade
    • $500 Carbon Offset
    1meter pi runner up

    Runner up*

    • iPad 10
    • Pimoroni Picade
    • $250 Carbon Offset

    1meter pi Finisher

    Finisher Prize


    For anyone who completes 10 Blogs and a project with the featured product.

    • Solar USB Charger Battery Bank
    • Reusable Metal Straw and Cutlery Set

    *Or local equivalent


    The Judges


    Technical Judge Team
    element14 Community Judges
    element14 Community Team


    The Terms


    Selected official applicants will be chosen to receive the "Kit" listed above. These successful applicants will be our sponsored challengers, and they must use at least 3 of the items of kit provided within their project. Those not chosen as sponsored challengers may also join the competition, but they must base their projects around the kit listed above and adhere to all terms and conditions of the challenge.

    They need to post their progress and final project as at least 10 blog posts before the closing date. Posts which are media rich with photos, videos, and code samples will be viewed more favorably in the judging process.

    Please read the full terms and conditions of the challenge, attached below.


    Ready to join the challenge? Then Apply Here


    If you are not successful in becoming a sponsored challenger but still want to enter, all you need to do is use the Kit as described above in your project and adhere to the same Terms and Conditions for a chance to be our winner! Non sponsored challengers are eligible for both the Finisher and Winner Prizes.

    20 Applicants will be chosen to receive the Challenge Kit above; these successful applicants will be our sponsored challengers. The sponsored challengers must use the Challenge Kit within their project. Challengers must post their progress and final project as at least one blog post before 5th January 2021. Posts which are media rich with photos, videos, and code samples will be viewed more favourably in the judging process.