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Our next Jam is at The Shed on Saturday 14th March


Where is The Shed?
The Shed is our current main venue, and is part of the MMU campus, a short walk from Oxford Road Station, on Chester Street. The address for this venue is:

The Shed
John Dalton West
Chester Street
M1 5GD

Further details for getting to the venue can be found here.

Where is the Kilburn Building?
When the Jam is hosted at the Kilburn building, the address is:

School of Computer Science
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

The Kilburn building is the University of Manchester’s Computer science department. When we’re at the university, we usually open the lecture hall up to anybody wanting to give talks, so be sure to bring something along to talk about!

Who can come?

Anyone. There’s no lower or upper age limit, and no prior knowledge is required. We regularly get under 8s and over 60s attending.

What’s the schedule?

We start with an opening talk soon after 10.00, where I go over the Raspberry Pi community news and some interesting projects I’ve found. After that, people are free to work on whatever they want. If you don’t know what to do, we’ll find someone to pair you up with so you can learn from them.

What do I need to bring?

If you have a Pi, bring it. Also bring any cables you might need. We have a few monitors people can use but if you have one you can bring (if you’re driving) then that would help. If you have a Pi but haven’t used it yet, bring an SD card so we can help you get started and you can carry on using it at home.

Do I need to know any programming?

No. If you want to learn to code, you can. However, you can use the Pi for plenty of other things besides code.

I can’t get there for the 10am start. Is that ok?

That’s fine. You can come and leave as you please.

I bought a ticket but now I can’t make it. What do I do?

If you go in to your eventbrite account and view your order, you can request a refund. I will issue any refund request received before the day of the Jam.

Is there a Raspberry Jam closer to where I live?

Quite possibly! There are a lot, all over the country. Some close Jams are Preston, Sheffield, and Ormskirk. See the Raspberry Jam network website for a full listing.

Can I drop my kids off and pick them up at the end?

No. Children under 16 must be supervised at all times. One adult can be responsible for multiple children. Over 16s are welcome unsupervised and can take the student ticket price of £3.

Is this a class?

No. We can’t guarantee you (or your kids) will get personal or group tuition, as such. However we try to make sure everyone has something to do, and the group tends to support itself in terms of skill-sharing, groupwork and collaboration. Many attendees offer help and guidance to each other, particularly newcomers.

What food is provided?

We usually provide pizza (free of charge) to attendees provided by sponsors and/or contributions. If you have any dietary requirements please let me know. Vegetarian pizza has always been provided as an option.

Where does the ticket money go?

All proceeds are given directly to the Madlab as a donation towards their running costs. Madlab is a not-for-profit organisation.

Where can I park?

There is paid on-street parking on and around Edge Street, but it is very limited. There is also an NCP car park on Tib Street, just two minutes’ walk from Madlab

How do I get in touch with the organiser?

You can email me –