Alan O’Donohoe writes: Regularly you will hear me cry “Let’s spread this Jam”, so you can imagine I was over the moon this morning to hear from Masafumi Ohta that there is now a Raspberry Jam Tokyo group. They last met on 29th December and plan to meet every two months.
That’s certainly an interesting WiFi password on the board. There is a set of photos on Flickr, including this nifty little display unit that I imagine many people are going to want.
There are plenty of mouth watering photos of the amazing Raspberry themed refreshments they provided as well.
Providing refreshments is always a good idea to attract younger members along to Raspberry Jam events.
Mohammed writes about Coventry Raspberry Jam, 22nd Sept. “Participants came early and enjoyed light refreshments including Samosas, Crisps, biscuits, chocolates and drinks were served and made available throughout the event.
We started the event with introduction of myself and our host and sponsor, Matt and CoventryPrinting.com. We went round the room introducing each person and answering why were here and what we would like to achieve today.
We had an interesting crowd of people. A couple and their kids who teach music education in a secondary school, a programmer with 20 years Microsoft experience and a retired ex-army engineer.
Initially, Matt introduced the Pi and went through the Raspi’s ports and how to get the basics setup of the Pi to get to a GUI stage. He discussed the various programming languages it supports and the difference between the server version of Linux and the GUI. All parties were highly interested in understanding the Terminal and not just the GUI side of Linux.
I then discussed my personal experience with the Pi, the various issues I had, installing Linux and getting the group to understand the Asterisk Open Source Telephony System.
I then went ahead and demonstrated some basic home automation, controlling lighting using a simple web page as seen in my blog (moishtech.blogspot.com). For the second part of the demonstration, I displayed Asterisk running on the PI and went ahead to show the group how I simply control home lighting using the Telephony Application using just the PI and a simple relay circuit.
One of the group members had their PI with them and wanted to understand how to set up the SD card using a Apple iMac. A set of instructions were given to all users on how to get started with the PI and getting the image on to an SD card using a Mac. We then split the group up. Matt took a couple into his office where an install and setup of the SD image was done using an iMac whilst I discussed with the more technical people the working of server based Linux.
The event started at 4:30pm although people arrived and snacked earlier. We left an open time to end and people chose to leave at different times, the last two people left around 7pm.
All in all, it was a fantastic experience and having a small group of people in this initial event allowed us to understand how to handle the diverse requirements of people getting hold of the Raspi and will allow us going forward to manage a larger groups expectations.
Mark was a little nervous about hosting the event in the first place. Mark says “A very informal event seemed to go smoothly. We had about 45 in attendance at the peak with a wide variety of expertise and experience. Lots of contacts were made and there were opportunities to experiment with some kit already set up and swap tips in between some (slightly) more formal presentations.”
Oh, we had a blast at Bristol RaspberryJam on Monday. Unfortunately, geeks in the West Country were forced to choose between our jam or the opportunity to watch Doctor Who being recorded in Bristol city.
If you’re looking for an entertaining highlight, click here to listen to George, 9 years old asking Rob Bishop of Raspberry Pi a tricky question. The book that Rob refers to is a free download from here, and for those who still want to know, the technical answer is here. George has now started his own blog.
Speakers in rough order of appearance :
0:00:00 Alan O’Donohoe & Richard Pitkin (Innovation Centre Director)
0:06:50 Richard Horne (Heber & X10i)
0:16:00 Keith Dunlop (RISC OS)
0:28:40 Gordon (Basic)
0:40:50 Arthur Amarra (Robot Arm)
0:48:30 Rob Voisey (Pi + Imp)
1:02:00 Paul Hallett (DJangoPi Project)
1:12:30 Rob Bishop (Raspberry Pi Foundation)
1:23:00 Alan O’Donohoe
Here is a link here to one of our final talks, Paul Hallett and his Django Pi project. Click on the image below to watch this segment of the video. He has only 10 days to go for funding this project, he explains he has exceeded his target but hopes to attract more to extend the reach of the project, please support him.
Peter Onion, a volunteer at The National Museum of Computing hosted a Raspberry Jam at the museum on Sunday 19th August. Mark Wilson has written a blogpost here for you to read all about it.
Mark also wrote a blogpost about the London RaspberryJam on 20th June that previously snook under my radar. I recommend you have a read of this too. It’s great when people blog, tweet, take photos and record talks at the RaspberryJam events because it helps to spread the jam. If you’re heading to a RaspberryJam, perhaps you would consider sharing the experience. If you don’t have the time to write, record an Audioboo
We held the second London RaspberryJam at the Mozilla space on 25th July.
It was interesting for all sorts of reasons. Luckily, I have managed to recruit a crew of bloggers, tweeters, photographers, video bloggers so that all I need to do is direct you to their pages and you can see what all the discussion was about.
I was delighted a few months ago to receive a question from 15 year old, Robert Buchan-Terry in Machynlleth, West Wales. He asked me “What’s the minimum age you need to be to hold a Raspberry Jam?“. Well we’ve never had a minimum age. He went on to tell me that he was excited by the Raspberry Pi and that he yearned to develop embedded computing projects. He asked if experts could come along to support his ambitions.
I was over the moon. Up to now I have managed to encourage some children to present at Raspberry Jams. So the idea that a child would want to host one seemed the next big step. However, I thought it best to make sure his teacher was involved as well. It’s clear that Robert makes a superb host. Here is the event page, you can see a list of those who signed up.
And so, it happened on Saturday 21st July, and by all accounts it seems to have been a great success. I love the ‘home made’ quality to this video and how it seems to suggest that you don’t need a fantastic amount of organisation to make one of these happen. There were a great number of people who supported this event. Special thanks go to Hannah Dee @handee who created the video, thereby allowing more people to experience the spirit of the event and she also brought lots of raspberry themed goodies courtesy of BCS Wales.