From Hawaii to New York City and beyond, Pi Day will be here this Saturday, March 14th. To celebrate, there are a bunch of Raspberry Pi events happening across the United States and all over the world. Some of these are big affairs, like at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA and others are small gatherings in libraries or makerspaces. Scan the list below (or view the Raspberry Jam map) to find out if there’s a Pi Day event happening near you:
A few of us will be at SX Create, which is part of the SXSW Interactive festival. We’ll have a few demos and hands on activities that we’re excited to share. We’ll also be surrounded by companies, products, and organizations all related to hacking and tinkering with technology. Even though we’re especially excited about Pi Day on Saturday, we’ll be there for all of SX Create, which runs from March 13 to 15 and is free and open-to-the-public.
We’ll also be joining our friends from Wolfram to celebrate “Super Pi Moment” on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 am. They’ll have a countdown, FREE Pi(e), contests, and a special “selfie station” to capture the moment. This event is open to SXSW Interactive attendees and is right outside the Austin Convention Center.
Mountain View, CA
You’ll want to get to The Computer History Museum’s Pi Day Celebration early since visitors who arrive before 9:26am that day will be given free admission to their fantastic museum. And if you’re a little late, you can enjoy half-off admission until 10am. From 11:30am until 6:00pm, there will be Raspberry Pi workshops and a showcase of projects followed by Pie, Pizza, and Pints until 6:00pm.
St. Louis, MO
There’s a very strong community of Raspberry Pi users in St. Louis, MO so of course they’re getting together to celebrate Pi Day! The organizers say, “This Jam will build on what we’ve learned from previous events. Both as organizers and enthusiasts. As always we welcome new-comers young and old alike. We would also like to extend invitations to those in the business community looking to develop the Pi into products. Of course, we are hobbyists at heart so we really want to see the unique, strange, and ‘how did you do that?!’ projects.”
Little Rock, AR
Students, makers, and creatives are invited to bring their Raspberry Pi creations to compete for prizes, prestige, and most importantly bragging rights! In addition to the project competition, workshops and labs will be held for people just getting started with the Raspberry Pi, and for those interested in learning how to get the most out of their Raspberry Pi creations.
Visit their site for more information about this Pi Day event.
Upper Lake, CA
Upper Lake Library will be having a Raspberry Pi Day at 310 Second Street in Upper Lake, CA from 10:30am to 12:00pm. They’ll be running an introduction to Raspberry Pi workshop and hope to start a user group.
Check out the MORE Raspberry Jam at the MOREnet offices in Columbia, MO from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. They’ll have people presenting projects there, you can join in; just click here to register to attend or show off your Raspberry Pi project.
Maui Makers is hosting Pi Day in their new space in Wailuku Hawaii. Their celebration runs all day with multiple events throughout the day. You can come to learn about Raspberry Pi or show off what you’ve done with our computer.
As a part of Teen Tech Week at the Mobile Public Library, Mobile Makerspace is having a Pi Day Celebration complete with demonstrations of 3D printers, quadcopter drones, Arduino, and of course Raspberry Pi projects from 10:00am to 1:00pm at Ben May Main Library.
In the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, digital agency HUGE is hosting a Pi Day Hackathon. Participants get 3 hours and 14 minutes to make a pi-themed creation (numerical constant, food, or Raspberry related) and then have 3 minutes and 14 seconds to show it off to the others. RSVP is required, so click here for more details and how to register.
For students in grades 6 to 8, Beam Center is holding a Raspberry Pi workshop from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Here’s what they say: “we’ll show you some examples of projects make with Raspberry Pi, show you how to hook everything up, and do some programming in Python to connect to Twitter API and control hardware by tweeting. Beginners and experienced Pi-users welcome.” Registration required.
Buffalo Lab, a makerspace, is holding a Pi Day Celebration with Raspberry Pi workshops, Pi projects, contests, giveaways and pie! The party starts at noon and carries on until 6pm – RSVP if you’re planning to go.
Jersey City, NJ
JC Fab Lab is participating in Jersey City’s Pi-E Day at the Liberty Science Center, an event which benefits Learning Community Charter School (LCCS). JC Fab Lab will be conducting an original Pi-E themed game, the Raspberry Pi Simon Cooperative Game. Using the Raspberry Pi powered game stations, kids play a 4-person team version of the Simon memory game. Each round that is successfully played by any of the players will add a digit onto the sequence of Pi. Beyond just playing the game, kids will have the opportunity to build their game station by wiring together the circuit required for the game interface.
Ocean State Maker Mill in Pawtucket, RI is hosting a free open house to celebrate Pi Day with Raspberry Pi demos and homemade pie snacks. There you can see demos from OSMM members, or bring your own work to show off to others. They’ll be kicking things off at noon on Saturday and will be continuing the fun most of the day. Their address is 80 Fountain Street, Unit 318, Pawtucket, RI.
Palm City, FL
Adults, teens, and tech-savvy kids are welcome to attend the Cummings Library idea lab, where they’ll show off Raspberry Pi from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Stop by to play and we hear that they’ll even throw in a free slice of pie.
The Fairfield County Makers’ Guild is celebrating their one year anniversary and they want to show you what they’ve been up to! Join them on Pi Day for their open house from 10:00am to 2:00pm for demos, project workshops, and so much more.
Pi Day will be celebrated as a part of the Air Force Maker Fest at the Wright Brothers Institute Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center in Dayton, OH. Like a few other events, doors open at pi moment, 9:26am, and they have plenty of workshops scheduled until 2:30pm. One of our official distributors, MCM, will be in attendance selling Raspberry Pis and holding workshops. (Thanks Sam!)
In the Fox Room at the Rutland Free Library, the Rutland Tech Club will be convening to talk about Raspberry Pi and to eat raspberry pie from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. Please see their site for more details and to RSVP for the event so that they know how much pie to have on hand.
Johnson City, TX
Hill Country Science Mill will be doing Raspberry Pi Minecraft demos at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. In addition, they’ll be offering pies for sale and inviting visitors to help build a pi chain one digit at a time. More details can be found on their Facebook event page.
Buffalo Lab, a community of technology enthusiasts, is holding a Pi Day Celebration that will include various workshops throughout the day so that novice Pi users can learn from more experienced enthusiasts. There will be two Getting Started with Raspberry Pi workshops, as well as Raspberry Pi example projects. RSVP required.
The array of vintage televisions to the right is by Joseph Hazelwood, Phillip Lehner, Robert Campbell, and Patrick Sheehan. It’s a fantastic Raspberry Pi-driven installation that will be on display for Pi Day at OZ Arts Nashville. There will also be other pi-inspired artwork and a panel discussion with Laurie Anderson, Mark Hanf, Cano Ozgener and Mark Rowan. Doors open at 9:26am (of course) and Pi Day programming runs from 10:00am until 2:00pm.
Outside the United States
Even though Pi Day is based on the funky date formatting within the United States, it’s celebrated all over the world! Here are a bunch of Pi Day events happening outside the US:
- Manila, Philippines
- Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
- Nanaimo, BC, Canada
- Bangalore, India
- Almería, Spain
- Santa Marta, Colombia
- Rabat, Morocco
- Belfast, United Kingdom
Pi/e Day Contest
Dexter Industries and Instructables have teamed up for a Pi/e Day Contest. According to the contest site, “all things pi or pie are eligible. So if you have a tech project that you’ve been wanting to build, or a recipe that you’d like to share, enter it for a chance to win prizes and robotics kits from Dexter Industries.”