Thursday, 20 August 2015

Jam-packed with Pi fans

The first-ever Ipswich Raspberry Jam was held on Saturday 8th August.

Organised by the Ipswich Makerspace, the day was a great success and well attended by enthusiasts keen to learn more about the Raspberry Pi and develop their skills. The venue, the Enterprise and Innovation Hub at Ipswich County Library was packed with people excited by the power of the Pi - young and old, male and female, experts and beginners. Rapid Electronics was delighted to support the event.

Guest speakers included Clive Beale, Director of Educational Development at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and Andy Proctor, an entrepreneur and e-commerce consultant who has used the Raspberry Pi in the haulage industry. There were displays by a number of retailers (including Rapid) and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, such as wildlife gadget maker Jason Alexander and the SciPiGuy, who has blogged about the event.

"I was very pleased with the range of demos we were able to put on, including robots, a giant LED display, a clever camera rig and Tweeting all powered by a Pi", said Steve Chalkley of Ipswich Makerspace. "The stars have to be a couple of pre-teens who set up their own Show and Tell stand and had a good crowd the whole time. There were lots of goodies on sale too with Pi starter kits being snapped up by beginners and plenty to tempt enthusiasts. A great day all round, and we will be doing it again, so please join our mailing list to keep up to date with announcements", said Chalkley. 

Here are some images and social media posts from the day ...

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