Raspberry Jamboree 2017

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Manchester Central Library


M2 5PD

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Raspberry Jamboree is a one-day event with two tracks of unconference talks and hands-on workshops. Tickets are free, and under 16's muct be accompanied by an adult.

What's a Raspberry Jamboree?

For one day we shall run two tracks of talks and one track of workshops. This style of event is called an “unconference” and it differs to the normal conference in that there are no speakers, we merely provide the facilities for the community to tell everyone about their project.

In every room we shall have equipment ready for you to deliver your talk, and for our workshops we shall have a suite of pi-topCEED units, kindly loaned to us by local pi-topCHAMPIONS.

Where is it?

Manchester Central Library, in the performace spaces on the ground floor. Just turn left after heading in the main entrance and you should spot us there! The spaces are equiped with A/V facilities and free wifi. It is fully accessible and located just seconds away from the St Peter's Square metro stop in Manchester City Centre.

Who will be speaking?

Apart from the opening and closing talks every other talk slot is filled by YOU! Yes, you! Tell everyone about your cool project, how you started hacking with the Raspberry Pi or crowd source ideas for new worksheets for your Jam/Code Club/School.

What if I want to deliver a workshop?

Applications to host a workshop can be completed here. The deadline for applications is the 30th April and we hope to confirm the successful applications by the 5th May. If you are applying to run a workshop, please also register for a ticket to attend the event.

What happens on the day?

We'll open the doors at 9am for registration, with the opening talk at 9:30am. The unconference and workshops will begin at 10am, with a break for lunch between 1 and 2pm, and then again until 4:30pm where we'll wrap things up before leaving the library by closing time at 5pm.

Where can I find more information?

Right here.

Workshop Schedule

10:00 - 10:30 PatternCraft (Gemma Latham)

10:40 – 11:30 Game Design with Scratch (Alan O’Donohoe)

11:40 – 12:30 Make the real world talk to Minecraft (Dave Ames)

13:30 – 14:20 Minecraft hacks with EduBlocks (Joshua Lowe)

14:30 – 15:20 Python functions, classes and modules (Martin O’Hanlon)

15:30 – 16:00 Get outdoors with the BBC micro:bit (Katharine Childs)

Workshop places will be on a first come first serve basis, further details for each workshop can be seen below.


Programming with the PatternCraft analogue to digital punchcard reader, explore using binary to write text, create instant builds in Minecraft or compose your own music with PatternBeats.

Game Design with Scratch

Use Scratch to design and build your own game, suitable for all ages/experience levels.

Make the real world talk to Minecraft

Using Python, and the GPIO pins we'll use simple components to trigger events in Minecraft from the real world.

Minecraft Hacks with EduBlocks

Use the power of EduBlocks (A visual python block based programming language) to control the virtual world of Minecraft on the Raspberry Pi.

Python functions, classes and modules

This workshop is for those who want to take their Python programming a little further. Write knock knock jokes and get to grips functions, classes and modules, you will learn how to use them and why they are important.

Get outdoors with the BBC micro:bit

How to use MicroPython to code a BBC micro:bit to create outdoor activities such as a thermometer, stepometer or compass.

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M2 5PD

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