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 here are the two winners from our contest.


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.

The two winners, selected at random, were:

George T. from Canada

George wanted to use his Pi to make a cheap Media Center device (this one was a very popular suggestion).

Julia from Coventry

Julia wanted to use her Pi to teach her son to program.

Congratulations guys, the books will be winging their way to you this week, and let us know how you get on with your suggestions.

Keep checking out CDW for more contests and thanks to our friends at Wiley for the books.