Manchester Raspberry Jam

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Fruitful Jam – by Hamish Cunningham

Here’s a blog post from Jam attendee Hamish Cunningham from the University of Sheffield Computer Science department on his experience at Manchester Raspberry Jam XVI:

I learned a lot, and it was great to meet most of the Pi foundation people for the first time.

Two things in particular stood out for me, one about how to work with schools and one about the mobile hot-swap UPS battery gizmo that we’ve been building (and which I demo’d in various applications at the Jam).

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Continue reading » Fruitful Jam (pi.gate.ac.uk)

T’ North – by Charlotte Godley

Charlotte Godley’s write-up of the big Manchester Jam:

Unlike normal Mancunian Jams, this one included talks from several different people who write and create things using the pi, including a Q&A with Liz and Eben Upton, as well as Clive Beale, the education manager for the Foundation. Personally I signed up for doing two: one on GPIO, which I pretty much always do, and another on the Adafruit WebIDE. Heh. Both went wrong

Continue reading » T’ North! : Manchester Raspberry Jam (charlottegodley.co.uk)

Two Million Raspberry Pis Sold – Announcement at Manchester Raspberry Jam

Yesterday at the sixteenth Manchester Raspberry Jam, Liz and Eben of the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that they have now sold 2 million Raspberry Pis.

Here’s some breaking news from the Manchester Raspberry Jam: Eben Upton, head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, just revealed that as of the end of October, there are now two million Raspberry Pis out in the wild. In early 2013, the Raspberry Pi foundation sold its millionth unit through its official distributors and early last month they hit 1.75 million. Watch the video above (around the 26 minute mark) for the unofficial announcement and keep an eye out for more details to be announced on Monday. The announcement came during a question and answer session during the jam.

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Continue reading and watch the video » Two Million Raspberry Pis in the Wild (makezine.com)

Pi Weekly – MVP, Evolution and My Dream Job – by Ben Nuttall

Here’s a post from our founder Ben Nuttall, about the story of setting up his Raspberry Pi email newsletter Pi Weekly:

Pi Weekly is an email newsletter I run with fellow Raspberry Pi enthusiast Ryan Walmsley. Recently it occurred to me recently that for such a small project, it’s evolved a lot since we launched – and that it’s quite impressive that we launched it so soon after the idea came about, and how it landed me my dream job.

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Continue reading » Pi Weekly – MVP, Evolution and My Dream Job (bennuttall.com)

Amy Mather at Wired Next Gen Conference

One of our young coders, Amy Mather, recently spoke along with Clive Beale from the Raspberry Pi Foundation at Wired Next Generation in London.

Watch Clive Beale and 13-year-old Amy Mather discuss how they took an established concept and edited it to reflect their own original ideas. Mather is a computer programmer who has become famous in the Raspberry Pi community for being a passionate advocate for coding using the tiny computer.

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Continue reading and watch the video » 13-year-old Amy Mather on how she started coding with the Raspberry Pi (wired.co.uk)

Note: Amy’s actually 14

Amy Mather Wins Digital Girl Award

Manchester’s 14 year old Amy Mather just won the Digital Girl of the Year award at ICT 2013 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Digital Girl of the Year (11-14 years): Amy Mather, UK. At 13 years old, Amy has been coding for three years and has inspired people of all ages with her keynote speeches at the Raspberry Jamboree, Campus Party EU and Wired: Next Generation. She teaches older pupils how to code during her school lunch breaks and with the Manchester Girl Geeks.

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Continue reading » Digital Woman, Girls of the Year named at ICT 2013 (europa.eu)

Note: Amy’s actually 14

Amy Mather Talks Raspberry Pi on Newsround

Our own Amy Mather was just featured on CBBC’s Newsround – along with Raspberry Pi Foundation founder Eben Upton.

Raspberry Pi might be a tiny computer but it’s having a big impact.

Designed to make computer code writing easy, it’s been used to film a teddy bears leap from space, to play a xylophone and to create a sat nav for bikes.

And since launching in 2011, they’ve now sold their millionth device in the UK.

Nel’s been to meet some kids who’ve been inspired to get coding.

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Continue reading and watch the video » One million Raspberry Pi computers sold in UK (bbc.co.uk)