If you live in Norfolk and enjoy coding, programming or working with electronics – or you’d like to start – this exciting new event is for you.
The one-day ‘Raspberry Jam’ festival at OPEN Norwich on 27th May is for everyone from the curious beginner to the hardened techie and will be based around the Raspberry Pi; a low-cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV and uses standard keyboard and mouse. The simple device enables people of all ages to explore computing and learn basic programming techniques.
17-year old Archie Roques from City of Norwich School is one of the organisers:
“We are really excited to be able to bring an event like this to Norwich as we have a large tech community here and lots of untapped potential. It’s great to be able to bring people together and share ideas and similar events have happened all over the world, from Columbia to Cambridge. We’ll be providing coding and digital making activities for children and adults, talks and workshops as well as show-and-tell stalls. You’ll even be able to pick up your first ever Rasperry Pi if you’d like to get started.”
Archie’s organising the jam in partnership with Step Into Tech and The Forum. Step Into Tech is a new social enterprise which has been set up to make sure children in the county are reaching their full ‘tech potential’. The organisation also hosts a Young Makers’ Tech Club in Norwich – providing facilities and equipment for young people to learn about technology in their own way through their own ideas, projects and competitions’.
A team from the Tech Club, which has been mentored by Archie, recently came runners up in the finals of a national Rasperry Pi competition.
Archie is also looking for people to help give talks or share their latest creations at the event – anyone who’s interested can sign up here.
The Jam, which is part of Norwich Gaming Festival, will take place at OPEN Norwich on 27th May from 10:30am to 5pm.
Tickets for the event are totally free for everyone and are available now.