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Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:41 pm
by PeterO
I had hoped we could hold the next Jam on Sept 23rd, but this clashes with another event at the museum which now has more attendees than was originally expected.

So the second Raspberry Jam at The National Museum of Computing will be on Sunday September the 30th.
10:00 to 12:30 as before, but we will have use of a second room which can comfortably hold 40 people so there will be more tickets available this time !

I'm still thinking about what to organise, but I think just 2 planned "slots" with the rest of the time available for people to mix/show their projects/ask questions will a better balance.

The two most popular ideas for slots seemed to be "What to do once you've opened the box" and something about using the gpio pins for interfacing to other devices.

What do you all think ?

PeterO

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:24 pm
by rembrandt
Sounds good.

I'm currently working on making my pi more mobile, and will be happy to show that if I've got all the bits and have everything up and running.

What about a short general introduction to programming on the pi? I was thinking more along the lines of Python or C rather than scratch.

I seem to remember that you were going to do something on C if we still had time at the last jam?

I have a few more ideas about intros if you need to fill things out, but they're all software related.

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 7:42 am
by Sway_1233
I think that getting people to show their projects as a whole group before people disappearing off to discuss it is a better approach. This would then mean that when the 'socialising' mash happens people would know a starting point of who they wanted to talk to and about what. For example at the last one if people didn't know each other, and hadn't presented, conversations were a lot harder to form as it were...

Obviously we need to ensure time, the TeachMeet set up is quite nice where people are give a 2 min or 7 min slot - only a couple of 7 mins are available and it's first come first served on a wiki sign up page. You can also sign up to be an 'enthusiastic lurker'. On the night participants names are put in a random generator on the net and the dictates the order, if time is cut short then it is luck if you don't get to share. Generally they're very strict with timings and you may find a teddy being thrown at you if you over run. This is a nice casual environment with a relaxed atmosphere so presenting doesn't seem so daunting to those more nervous speakers!

I would suggest a couple of these style slots followed by a social mash where people can get chatting about the how's and the whys. The time for questions would be after the slots, not during, hopefully facilitating conversation!

What does anyone else think?

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:02 am
by recantha
I'm all ready for my out-of-the-box walk-through. And boy, have I had a LOT of practice this weekend. Sheesh.

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:23 am
by MattPoat
recantha wrote:I'm all ready for my out-of-the-box walk-through. And boy, have I had a LOT of practice this weekend. Sheesh.
Why, did you have a lot of issues?

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:41 am
by recantha
The initial install is just fine.

I'm just trying to do something... I suppose it's fairly complicated. I'm trying to run it headless, but running as a Wifi access point so I can connect wirelessly to it from a mobile phone and then use PocketPutty to get onto it. DHCP is getting on my nerves!

The basic stuff is fine - I've created a load of set-up scripts so I can just rattle through the majority of it.

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:43 am
by PeterO
Sway_1233 wrote: What does anyone else think?
Good ideas ! When I've got the (currently being worked on) "Milton Keynes Raspberry Jam" Forum sorted out we can use that to discuss meeting formats and find out who is bringing something to show etc .

PeterO

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:57 am
by rdb
If you could tweet me a link to any material generated during the Jam I'll make sure it gets out to the wider community.

You can ask Mark about what happened to his internet traffic after he tweeted me his beginner guide! :-)

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 10:39 am
by MrJimmy
rembrandt wrote:What about a short general introduction to programming on the pi? I was thinking more along the lines of Python or C rather than scratch.
I'd like to see this too, as an ex programmer, a quick up to speed on Python and/or C would be really interesting. Also I want to get my daughter interested in programming, this sounds like a fun way to do it.

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:33 pm
by MattPoat
Yeah, i've swiftly realised that I need some python help so a workshop on this would be good.

Matthew

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:43 pm
by alexeames
Is there somewhere we can book a place? I think I'm available that day. :lol:

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:37 pm
by DaveClax
Any news on whether Rob Bishop will be joining us again and, if so, whether he will be bringing any Pi's to sell?

Dave

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:29 pm
by MattPoat
Got my ticket :D

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:23 pm
by recantha
I too :-)

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:49 pm
by PeterO
DaveClax wrote:Any news on whether Rob Bishop will be joining us again and, if so, whether he will be bringing any Pi's to sell?
Dave
I havn't contacted Rob. According to http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/tag/rob-bishop he'll still on his world tour on Sept 30th ;)
PeterO

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:00 pm
by PeterO
I opened up the bookings for the 2nd Jam last evening and also emailed all the attendees from the first Jam to give them a bit of a head start. As of now 17 of the 40 tickets have been taken.

So now it's time to tell the world. Grab your ticket while they last from
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4299211056/eorg

Same location/time as last time, but we'll have the use of a larger room as well as the class room with all the BBC Micros in it.

Peter Onion
Raspberry Jam organiser at The National Museum of Computing.

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:03 pm
by EdwinJ85
Darn it! I'm at eurogamer that day. Everybody wants to put their events on the last sunday of each month, it's impossible to get to them all. :(

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:17 am
by PeterO
Your priorities are wrong :roll:
PeterO

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:25 am
by recantha
Yeah - pull yourself together! ;-)

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:22 pm
by alexeames
Yay - I can make this one AND - I got a ticket. :D

Am working on a top secret case project. Might bring that if it's finished. :lol:

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:02 pm
by EdwinJ85
PeterO wrote:Your priorities are wrong :roll:
PeterO
I guess, but if this is going to be a monthly thing I can go in November at least, come hell or high water!

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 6:12 pm
by PeterO
Eight more tickets taken today, so only a few tickets left now.....

PeterO

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:32 am
by PeterO
Two weeks to go, and only two tickets left !

I hope you are all getting your projects ready for the "show and tell" 8-)

PeterO

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:47 pm
by KenT
I'm happy to show my python/tkinter gui for omxplayer

What's the best thing to bring, SD card, SD card + Pi, or + keyboard, mouse, PSU etc. Hopefully not a monitor.

Re: Second Milton Keynes Jam.

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:55 am
by PeterO
Are you all ready ? :-)
PeterO