We’ll be talking more later this week about the New Out Of the Box System (NOOBS) which Eben discusses towards the end of this video. We have a suspicion you’ll like it.
Eben and I are going to be out of the UK for much of the rest of May, doing press, meeting partners, visiting Raspberry Pi fans, hanging out with science fair kids and giving talks. We’ll be in Phoenix for Intel ISEF, San Francisco for Maker Faire (come and listen to our talk! We don’t have a stand this year, but Raspberry Pis will be on sale in the Make Shed), and, most excitingly for both of us, in Tokyo for the Japanese Raspberry Pi User Group’s Big Raspberry Jam on May 25.
Masafumi Ohta, who moderates the forums here (he’s most often to be found in the Japanese language forum, but also pops up in the English sections every now and then), is running the event. Admission is free. We’ve heard from people who don’t even live in Japan who are making the trip to Tokyo; it promises to be an amazing day, with lots of hacking sessions, tutorials, talks and opportunities to meet like-minded Pi enthusiasts. We were last in Tokyo back in November; the Pi has become much more easily available in Japan since then, and we’ve even seen an official Japanese translation of the Raspberry Pi User Guide appear since our last visit. Masafumi-san’s been sending me artwork for displays and badges, and notes about the day: we can’t wait to get stuck in. RS Components, who have a large presence in the far east and are one of our two manufacturing distribution partners, will be sponsoring the event.
Masafumi-san has asked me to publish the following information here on the blog. If you’re in Tokyo on the day, please come and see us!
Japanese Raspberry Pi Users Group will hold the event to welcome Eben and Liz Upton, Founder of Raspberry Pi Foundation coming to Japan. It is for encouraging Raspberry Pi users and community in Japan, now growing up rapidly.
Gathering 150+ people at the big event – 4 sessions, 1 mini session,3 LTs and more. It is also not only for Raspberry Pi users and geeks, but also the Raspberry Pi beginners. RS Components and some companies help the event, and have booths exhibiting Raspberry Pis and some stuff (books,boards,cases…and more).
13:00-13:30 Door Open
13:30-13:40 Greeting from Japanese Raspberry Pi Users Group and RS Components
13:40-14:30 Keynote by Eben Upton of Raspberry Pi Foundation
14:40-15:10 Session:WordPress Home Server with Raspberry Pi by Yuriko Ikeda
15:10-15:40 Session:Scratch Hacking with Raspberry Pi by Kazuhiro Abe
15:50-16:20 Session:Let’s play ‘Eject Command’ with Raspberry Pi – CD-ROM Cooking with Raspberry PI by Akira Ouchi
16:20-16:50 Session:Gadget Colloquia for Unix Natives by Hiroyuki Ohno
17:00-17:15 Mini Session:Raspberry Pi Lego Cases Cooking by Keika Komura
17:15-17:30 Lightning Talks (5 min x3)
17:00-17:50 Introducing Raspberry Pi by RS Components
17:50-18:00 Closing event
19:00- Raspberry PIe after-party for the attendees
For more information please check Japanese Raspberry Pi Users Group website.
Registration: http://atnd.org/event/E0014486 (for Japanese)
http://bigraspberryjamtokyo2013.eventbrite.com (for Non-Japanese).
Eben and I flew to the US yesterday, and bought a copy of the New York Times at the airport the moment we landed to read in the cab on the way to our hotel, because we’d been told just before we took off that there was a long article about Raspberry Pi in the business section. A bit of a Total Perspective Vortex moment.
We’ve been so busy over the last few months that I’d actually forgotten that we’d spent half a day with a video photographer from the NYT in September, when we were at Maker Faire NY. So it was a bit of a surprise when the NYT also published this short video today: you’ll see Joey Hudy, me, Mark Frauenfelder and some other familiar faces wandering around in the background while the camera focuses on someone the NYT refers to as a “Caffeine-hounding Welshman”. Enjoy!
We won a Makey Award at this year’s Maker Faire NY! The Raspberry Pi’s award was for this year’s Most Hackable Device. Here’s Eben receiving the award from Matt Richardson of Make. (We forgive you, Make, for calling him Ebon.)
We need to buy more shelves.
We were hoping to feature Eben’s talk (which is a bit of a departure from the talks he’s been giving up until now) here this week, but unfortunately the guys at Make lost the video when attempting to upload it, because they had a horrible network SNAFU.
Were you at Maker Faire on Saturday? Did you record Eben’s talk? Please let us know if you did – we’d love to have a copy, because we want to share it!
Eben and I are headed back to the US on Wednesday. We’ve got meetings on Thursday and Friday in New York, then we’ll be at Maker Faire in Brooklyn on Saturday. Eben’s giving a talk on the Live Stage this year about the first, terrifying six months of Raspberry Pi. You’ll also be able to buy Raspberry Pis in the Maker Shed.
I can’t believe it’s only been a year. Maker Faire NY was the first large event of this kind that the Raspberry Pi Foundation did back in 2011, way before we started shipping. Our world has shifted seismically since then; Eben’s talk’s going to be a good one. We’re really looking forward to it, and we’re looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Please come and say hi if you see us; we get a real kick out of meeting you and talking Pi. Eben’s talk will be live streamed on Make’s G+ page, so if you can’t make it, you can still watch.
The meeting I’m looking forward to the most is one we’re planning on doing over dinner, with Limor “LadyAda” Fried and Phil Torrone from Adafruit; we’re going to be talking about Adafruit’s amazing work with the Raspberry Pi, and what we can do together in the future. Their most recent announcement has been a WebIDE for Raspberry Pi, currently in Alpha development. Take a look:
You can read more about Adafruit’s Raspberry Pi WebIDE over on their blog.
Eben and I are also hanging around over the next week; we’re seeing some friends in DC and having yet more meetings, then we’ll be driving south, stopping at a few hackspaces on the way. I’m not allowed to publicise these events until the hackspaces we’ve been talking to can figure out if they can handle walk-ins for fire safety reasons, but you’ll be able to read all about it in the next couple of days.
Turned out that George from element14 still had another video up his sleeve. This really is the last one: a short Q&A with Eben and me about the Foundation. I am, as some bright spark will doubtless point out in the comments, really really awkward in front of cameras (which is why you don’t ordinarily get to see much of me). And very short.
I think this is the last of the Maker Faire videos – this is proving to be a really busy weekend, so without further comment, here’s Eben, a Raspberry Pi, a big telly and a crowd of people.
Thanks again to everyone at element14 who helped us out with this, especially George, who filmed and edited all the Maker Faire video, and Janice, who took us out for dinner even though she turned out to be feeling too poorly to eat anything herself.
We’re back from our holidays. We have learned that Metaxa makes us ill, and that there are a million and one useful things you can do with an aubergine.
I’ve got a bit of video to keep you entertained while I burn through the enormous backlog of email that built up while I was away. Eben and I delivered a surprise package to Joey Hudy, a 14-year-old White House Science Fair honouree and maker extraordinaire at Maker Faire a couple of weeks ago, just after he’d finished demoing an electronics project he’s been working on. Here’s what happened.
We’re back to normal with the posting schedule from tomorrow – plenty has happened in the last week, and I’ve got lots to tell you about!
You might be one of the people who took part in the #AskEben questions on Twitter and YouTube last week. Here are Eben’s answers, kindly filmed and edited in a rock-and-roll style by the muscly George from element14.
These are worth a watch. They’re not the questions we usually get asked around here, a few of them had me choking on my glass of water with either horror or laughter, and some of you (UKScone, Romilly) might recognise your questions on the list.