Wow !! What can I say ?!? Just awesome !! First Croydon Raspberry Jam and I think it’s fair to say that it exceeded all our expectations !!
First of all I need to extend a big thank you to all of our volunteers who made this event such a success , the ‘honours list’ at the bottom of the page. As you might guess a fair amount of planning and organisation goes into an event like this – and this was well and truly a team effort – big thank you to Margaret, Monique and everybody at the LNK unit. I also have to mention my former employer Woolwich Polytechnic School for providing us with Monitors , cables and Raspberry Pi’s – something a Raspberry Jam will not run without. A Raspberry Jam does not run without fuel aka food and drink ; loads of lovely nibbely cakes were provided by Brakes Food Market – deeeliish.
A proud moment for both of us ; I would NOT have done this of without Margaret ; an incredibly focused, organised and lovely person to work with. Thank you Margaret .
I think we knew that it would be a busy day with ticket holders appearing at the doors 1/2 hour before start ; and boy did they keep us busy, nice busy though.
A snapshot of workshops at Croydon Raspberry Jam – anything from coding to hands-on soldering , Sonic – Pi and electronics.
So we had 4 workshops going ; Sonic Pi, MineCraft, intro to Scratch & GPIO and a soldering workshop – this running on a carousel of 5 x 5 x 5 x 5. We were fortunate to also have a wide range of show and tell stalls ; all ranging from Raspberry Pi aficionados like Averageman to more Advanced Tech Startups such as Pi-Top and Wyliodrin.
Ben was very happy with Richard’s Raspberry Pi cam-rover. He now wants to make his own
Pi-Top’s are very sleek and portable Pi Laptops, with easy access to GPIO ports to GO.
Very happy with a Busy 1st Croydon Jam
AveragemanvsPi ‘s stand caught a lot of interest , some great products in the making here.
Declan is having a conversation with . . . well , something inanimate. The Pinnochion is great marriage of art and technology.
Paul Brown is a regular supporter of Raspberry Jam’s across the country
not to forget supplier of the very low-cost MyPifi board.
Richard getting a quick tutorial on shift registers by the Master that is David Whale
Thanks to Derek from SoSLUG for supporting our event, Derek showing the LNK crew to lay down some heavy beats with Sonic Pi
Wyliodrin came to demo their new Programming concept via Web Browser(s) – thanks Andrej
Laura Trevail brought her ‘pinnochion’ or inanimate communicator – very geeky , very fun.
Ryan and Jesse from Pi-Top explaining their concepts and more importantly showing off the Pi-Tops in the flesh.
Anyone given a chance to try Richards rover were completely ‘smitten’ .
Talking to inanimate objects via computer ??!1? Why not ?!?! Because we can !!
Doug Jefferies brought his Pi – Powered runaway Dalek.
Ryan Dunwoody and Jesse Lozano from Pi-Top looking very pleased with themselves – rightly so.
As all workshops were sold out we had a few ‘wait list ticket holders ‘ but it’s fair to say that ther was plenty to bide the time with ; Doug Jeffrey’s Dalek and AverageMan’s Raspberry Pi Rover were popular distractions. Once all workshops were running it is fair to say that time flew past all of us -great enthusiasm and positive energy. We managed to squeeze an extra slot of workshops in before 16:00 – all credit to the crews running the workshops.
Paul and Saleha running a very successful and overbooked Sonic Pi workshop
And yes as usual ; a family event – now THAT IS enthusiasm !!
Great to se the engagement from all in the GPI workshop; thanks to Christopher Taylor for running it with me.
Soldering was a very popular activity , led by Ryan and Lorraine
Reed and Mick lead the Minecraft workshop – some cool creations going down (up ?)
Great to see a span across all age ranges .
Eliza trying not to get her fingers scorched.
Nice to have a captive audience; a joy to do the GPIO workshop with Chris .
So easy to work with these highly enthusiastic kids.
Very nice to see a very good gender balance base on this event.
Ryan and Lorraine did a great Soldering Workshop
The ScratchGPIO workshop had a good mix of block programming and electronics – both integral parts of computing.
Chris Taylor did an incredible job of the GPIO workshop – apart from supplying us with 20 Keyboards.
So encouraging to see families involved in the workshops.
A few short clips – varying quality but hey its a jam 😛