Raspberry Jams in Silicon Gorge

Families and hobbyists in the Bristol area will be seeing the Raspberry Pi educational computer in use at a launch event in August 2012. The event is set to see more than one hundred people in attendance.

The long-awaited launch of the tiny low-cost Raspberry Pi educational computer in February 2012 was met with relief by those who successfully scrambled to place their orders. The single-board computer is intended to enthuse children with programming, and is designed and promoted by a charitable trust from Cambridge (Silicon Fen). Now the computers are coming to Silicon Gorge and Bristol!

With increasing numbers of Raspberry Pis now being delivered to people of all ages, Raspberry Jam events have been happening across the country. The purpose of these events is to bring enthusiasts of the Raspberry Pi computer together on a regular basis and allow them to share and develop their passion. Interest in the Jams has spread to continental Europe, the United States, Australia and Singapore.

The first Bristol Raspberry Jam will be held at Bristol & Bath Science Park in Emersons Green on Monday 20 August from 6pm till 8.30pm. Jam founder Alan O’Donohoe plans to travel down from the North West to launch the event. The free event is open to all, including hobbyists, developers, teachers, students and families. Even those who don’t have a Raspberry Pi are welcome to attend. More than one hundred people have registered for tickets. These have all been allocated, with a waiting list now in operation.

Attendees can expect to see presentations and demonstrations of the computer in use. They can also hope to meet others sharing similar potential uses for the computer. Speakers and other arrangements are being finalised and will be announced in due course. Further Bristol Raspberry Jams are anticipated in the coming months. If you’d like to organise one in your area, please wait for further announcements or speak to others at the launch.

Discussions are currently underway to offer Raspberry Pis for sale at the event. NMI, the UK trade association for electronic systems and microelectronics, will be funding a limited number of starter kits to increase access of the computers to children, helping to inspire the next generation of developers and engineers.

Bristol Raspberry Jam is supported by Bristol & Bath Science Park, BCS, NMI, West of England LEP High-Tech Sector Group, Heber and Broadcom.

About Raspberry Jam
Raspberry Jam is a growing network of user groups that meet regularly to support hobbyists, developers, teachers, students and families – in fact anybody that would like to put their Raspberry Pi to good use. Raspberry Jam is not endorsed, sponsored or associated with Raspberry Pi or Raspberry Pi products or services. Local organisers in Bristol are collaborating to bring Jams to the area.

About the Raspberry Pi Foundation
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK registered charity. Its trustees want to see cost-effective, accessible, programmable computers everywhere, which is why they designed the Raspberry Pi computer. They want owning a truly personal computer to be normal for children, creating experienced hobbyist programmers rather than simply gamers and those proficient in using spreadsheets and word processors.

About Bristol & Bath Science Park
The Bristol & Bath Science Park acts as a hub for the region’s many science and technology businesses, connecting entrepreneurs, fledgling businesses and established brands with vital investors, academia and design. The 59 acre (24 hectare) site at Emersons Green provides a professional and supportive environment for collaboration between universities and businesses to enable them to accelerate the commercialisation of new and applied technologies.

BCS
The British Computer Society is a professional body for those working in IT. The Bristol branch organises local meetings, where non-members are also welcome.

NMI
NMI is the trade association for Electronic Systems, Microelectronics and Semiconductors – its mission is to aid the continual development of a sustainable world-leading industry in the UK.

West of England LEP High-Tech Sector Group
The West of England LEP High-Tech Sector Group’s goal is to increase investment and jobs in the High-Tech Sector in the West of England region.

About Heber
Heber designs and manufactures electronic control systems. The company is based in Chalford, Gloucestershire.

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500(r) company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. The Raspberry Pi is based on one of Broadcom’s System on Chip (SoC) designs.

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