Manchester Raspberry Jam

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Welcome Ben – by Liz Upton

Our Founder, Ben Nuttall, recently moved to Cambridge to begin working at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. He’ll be doing web development work and some outreach – including education, workshops, talks and projects.

We’re welcoming a new member to the team at Pi Towers today. Some of you already know Ben Nuttall from his work on the Pi Weekly email newsletter (if you haven’t signed up already, you should), his hosting of the Manchester Jams, and his STEM activities.


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Alan O’Donohoe’s Podcast from MGG Kano Workshop

Here’s a podcast from Alan O’Donahoe at the Manchester Girl Geeks Kano Workshop, where he interviews the Girl Geeks’ organiser Katie Steckles, our founder Ben NuttallMathew Keegan from Kano, and others.

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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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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

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Manchester Raspberry Jam XVI Photos – by Jim Hobbs

Some photos from our sixteenth Jam – by Jim Hobbs:

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Manchester Raspberry Jam XVI Photos – by Tony Hughes

Some photos from our sixteenth Jam – by Tony Hughes from the Blackpool Linux User Group and Oggcamp crew:

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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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Video From Manchester Raspberry Jam XVI

Here’s a video taken by Alan O’Donahoe at yesterday’s Manchester Raspberry Jam XVI, featuring a panel discussion with Liz & Eben Upton and Clive Beale from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, plus other presentations and demos.

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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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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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Note: Amy’s actually 14