Our CTO, Jeff Kowalski, is a well-connected guy. Though they are really hard to get, Jeff got his hands on 8 Raspberry Pi units. He decided to have some fun with them by sponsoring an internal-Autodesk contest. Since Jeff has 8 of the Model B devices (featuring 2 USB ports and an Ethernet controller), there will be 8 winners. Here are the details.
|WHO:||Autodesk employees are eligible - not family members of employees. (We want to avoid employees pawning the whole thing off on their children to build.)|
|HARDWARE:||The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing, and games. It also plays high-definition video. By default, it runs the Debian OS, but it can also run other flavors of Linux. You can learn all about it at http://www.raspberrypi.org/. There is even a quick start guide for those who are brand new to the concept as well as the device.|
|WHAT:||Describe what you would do if you were given one of these Raspberry Pi computers. What problem would you solve? How would you use the Raspberry Pi to solve it?|
|WHEN:||Contest runs from now through July 31. Ideas need to be submitted by the deadline. The timing of the actual implementations by the 8 winners will be negotiated as prospective winners are contacted. Desired time frames are around 3 months.|
|WINNERS:||Winners will be selected based on the uniqueness of the idea, ability to leverage the capabilities of the device, and the benefits from the idea’s implementation. The winners will be selected by a committee from the Office of the CTO. In exchange for your Raspberry Pi that is yours to keep, all we ask is that winners implement their solution and create a two and a half to three minute video demonstrating how the Raspberry Pi addresses your submitted idea and document the steps of your solutions on Instructables.com.|
|TO ENTER:||Send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31 that describes what you would program a Raspberry Pi to do. Winners will be announced on August 1. Don't delay.|
So think about our motto of imaging, designing, and creating a better world and propose ways to put these tiny computers to good use.
Optimism is alive in the lab.