RS Components has released a limited edition Raspberry Pi to celebrate the first anniversary of the credit card sized computer.
The company is giving away 1,000 Raspberry Pi Model B, Revision 2 boards in an exclusive blue colour to charities, schools and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts. Each limited edition board is stamped with a serial number and is supplied in a special presentation box together with a certificate of authenticity signed by Eben Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Between March and June 2013, Raspberry Pi enthusiasts across the globe will have the opportunity to enter into competitions in an attempt to win one of the anniversary edition boards. The first competition will be hosted on Twitter for four weeks from today (4 March), with participants being invited to put forward design ideas and applications for their Raspberry Pi by Tweeting @RSElectronics using #bluepi. Each week the top 10 suggestions will be selected by a panel of technology specialists, and these will be rewarded with a limited edition Raspberry Pi. "Raspberry Pi has taken the technology world by storm, with more than one million boards already being used by new and experienced programmers and electronics enthusiasts," said Glenn Jarrett, global head of product marketing at RS Components. "We wanted to mark the first anniversary with this special commemorative version, which embraces the spirit of Raspberry Pi and encourages innovation and creative programming, benefitting many people who may not otherwise have access to technology like this."