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.