Manchester Raspberry Jam

For Digital Makers

Show and Tell Interviews

Interviews by Hayley Walsh, @moses_walsh

Show and Tell interviewees at Manchester Raspberry Jam

Despite the oh so quintessential Manchester weather this Saturday, it didn’t stop the ‘summer’ Manchester Raspberry Jam Show & Tell.

Saturday 11th June 2016 saw another successful Manchester Jam held at its home The Shed, Digital Innovation Manchester Metropolitan. This month’s Jam was different to the previous 36 as we invited the community, old and new, to come and show and tell their projects, creations and ideas with one another alongside the traditional hack style activity.

As the rain bounced down outside the Pi projects and activities flowed inside, from robots that follow lines to Dr Who’s TARDIS consoles. The wealth of imagination and passion was awesome, and it’s safe to say that MCR has a burgeoning Digital Maker Community.

For those of you who missed it don’t worry we’ll be holding another show and tell in the Shed in 2017. For now, check out some of the project and people who made them…

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A huge thanks to our AV Team for filming all of the talks at Manchester Raspberry Jam XVI in November – Les Pounder, Dan Lynch, Olly Clark and Tony Hughes.

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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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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Raspberry Jam – by Alan McDonald

We had plenty of newcomers at July’s Jam, which is great to see. Amongst them was Alan McDonald, who wrote this blog post about his experience learning and hacking at Madlab.

Yesterday I went to a Raspberry Jam – the pi world is full of tasty puns – at Madlab in Manchester. The jam is run by Ben Nuttall, a young entrepreneurial enthusiast who’s also co-started a weekly email newsletter. (It’s thanks to it that I know some of the stuff below) Here he is giving us an opening presentation on developments in the pi world.


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STEM Raspberry Jam Pilot – by Ben Nuttall

Our organiser Ben Nuttall teamed up with STEMNET at MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) to run a Raspberry Jam for schools.

I organised an event with the STEMNET (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Network) team at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), based on the Manchester Raspberry Jam I run monthly at Madlab. The STEM Raspberry Jam was to be a new activity the STEM Ambassador network could offer to schools, so we ran a pilot (pi-lot) to give the idea a whirl.

STEM Raspberry Jam

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Raspberry Jam for schools at MOSI – from STEMNET

Collaboration between Manchester Raspberry Jam and the STEM Network team at MOSI led towards the Pi-lot of something we would like to see turn it to an ongoing project – Raspberry Jam for schools. Thanks to those in the intersection of STEM Ambassadors and Raspberry Jam regulars for taking the time to volunteer to make this event happen – Ben, Aaron, Lisa & Dan.

The aim of the event was to explore what the technology can do, to get creative with Raspberry Pi and have some fun along the way! With the support and guidance of our dedicated STEM Ambassador volunteers who were present throughout the day, students were guided through setting up a Raspberry Pi, exploring two basic programming languages (Scratch and Python) and using PiFace – the interface which allows written programmes to interact with the outside world.

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Life of Raspberry Pi – by Jina Kim

An interesting article from Jina Kim about her experience at ‘Girl Geeks visit Raspberry Jam’:

A soul searching journey by a New Yorker

When I heard about the RaspberryPi Jam, I had no idea what to expect. Sure, I remembered programming from my days as a Java Programmer. But what is physical computing?


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