For anyone who’s new to the Raspberry Pi and not sure how or where to begin, Raspberry Pi For Dummies is the ideal companion and we have 2 copies to give away.


The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer that, when plugged into a screen and a keyboard, can do many of the things that a desktop PC does, and a whole lot more too. With the Raspberry Pi, you’re free to experiment by connecting up electronics circuits, you can learn to program in Scratch and Python, learn to manage your programs and files with Linux, and build a low cost media centre. Raspberry Pi For Dummies contains everything the reader needs to know to get them up and running – from downloading and installing the Operating System and connecting to other devices, to discovering and installing great free software, and carrying out projects such as editing photos, managing budgets, creating web pages, programming games, and building your first electronics projects.

Although initially intended for schools to help improve computer science skills amongst students, the Raspberry Pi has also been adopted by techies and hobbyists – so much so that when first released, worldwide demand completely outstripped supply.

Written by veteran tech authors Sean McManus and Mike Cook, Raspberry Pi For Dummies will also appeal to those who want to teach programming, basic electronics and Linux Systems Admin skills, guiding beginners as they embrace this exciting new technology.

So all you have to do to win a copy is to click on the Contact Us link here or at the top of the page and tell us what you would like to do with your Pi.

Usual contest rules apply, and the two winners will be selected at random. This contest is open to anyone in the world, just make sure you tell us where you are! And you can enter more than once, just only one entry per day will be accepted.

The contest closes Saturday 25th May, so good luck.

Good luck and thanks to our friends at Wiley for the books.

  • Suzanne

    I would love to use it for creative photography projects.

  • Keith Zettler

    A home automation project. Using a pi I will build an alarm system that will text message me and my wife if my front door is opened by my autistic son. A keypad on the inside and outside will shunt the alarm for authorized use. May integrate a card reader that will utilize NFC from the phones to shunt the alarm.

  • Michael Carnell

    Contact form filled out. But, I want to build automated model railroads with it!

  • Marcel Maas

    This is what i sended you over the contact-form. I want the world to see it 😛

    hello there,
    i am from germany and have heard about your give away. and the timing is perfect, because i just want to buy two raspberries. one for my NES-emulation-station, that will sit in an old NES-cab and will be controlled by original NES-controllers.

    the other project will be a self-coded jukebox, with a coin-slot and touchscreen. the box will play “unpopular songs” until someone throws money in it (i think about 10 euro-cents per song). then you can choose from a big bunch of songs that you want to listen/dance to.

    and two of my future-ideas – if the work with the pi is as awesome as i think – will be a render-station for a 3D-programm. but not only with one pi, but with 16 connected ones.
    and of course… fitting to the renderstation, a 3d-printer-control-pi.

    hope this is enough to be in your contest.

    have some greets and a good time,
    marcel maas

  • Lynn Neal

    I would enter more competitions!

  • karen dixon

    I would make a motion triggered cat laser toy

  • Becky Downey

    build a website