Last weekend Ben and Ryan finally got the chance to meet at Manchester Raspberry Jam XVI at Madlab – Ben’s last Jam before he moves to Cambridge (also his 25th birthday)! This was well attended event, featuring special guests Liz & Eben Upton, Pete Lomas, Clive Beale, Dave Akerman, Alan O’Donahoe, Freaky Clown, Andrew Robinson and Paul Beech.
Everyone had a great time at the Jam – there was hacking as usual downstairs, and a full track of talks upstairs. Ben opened with a news, announcements and projects presentation, and was followed by talks and demos by a number of local Pioneers as well as those who had travelled for the occasion.
Also, during a Foundation panel Q&A at the Jam, Eben announced that they had reached the 2 million milestone! It’s not long since they announced the 1 million made in the UK – and now 2 million overall.
We have a couple of new kickstarter campaigns to announce – and news that Ryan’s crowdfunded mini budget motor board (featured on the Raspberry Pi website) successfully reached its goal.
Remember Eben is raising money for men’s health by growing a moustache for Movember. Please consider donating to the cause.
Ben & Ryan
Picture of the week
Two Million Raspberry Pis Sold (raspberrypi.org)
The announcement from the Foundation on hitting their latest sales milestone
Kano: A Computer Anyone Can Make (kickstarter.com)
Kickstarter computer kit from Kano aims to make the Pi more accessible
PiRingo: Festive Fun for Raspberry Pi GPIO (kickstarter.com)
PiRingo boards from 4tronix are a fun way to learn GPIO programming
Wolfram Mathematica on Raspberry Pi for free (raspberrypi.org)
Mathematica and the Wolfram Language will now ship with Raspbian
Serving Raspberry Pi with Flask (mattrichardson.com)
Using the Python web framework Flask to serve websites from a Pi
Install Node on the Raspberry Pi in 5 minutes (joshondesign.com)
How to install node.js on Raspbian with instructions from nodejs.org
Build a Simple Time-lapse Camera in a Coffee Tin (instructables.com)
The Raspberry Pi, camera and batteries are stuffed into a water-tight coffee tin
Raspberry Pi Battery Backup (repairhub.co.uk)
Step by step instructions on how to make a battery backup circuit
Articles & more
2m Units Sold Globally of Pocket Computer (theguardian.com)
The Guardian cover the 2M mark news with a recap on where Pi's been
Putting Wolfram and Mathematica on Every Raspberry Pi (blog.wolfram.com)
Stephen Wolfram gifts the technical computing platform to the Pi community
Two Million Raspberry Pis in the Wild (makezine.com)
Make covered the milestone annoucement with a video from the Manchester Jam
New Motor Controller Board Kit for the Raspberry Pi (recantha.co.uk)
Michael Horne's plug of Ryan's new mini motor board add-on
Interview with Eben Upton and Gordon Hollingworth (youtube.com)
Eben and Gordon tell us about their lives and where they hope the Pi is going
Fruitful Jam (pi.gate.ac.uk)
Write-up of the Manchester Jam by Sheffield University's Hamish Cunningham
Making a friendlier Raspberry Pi (bbc.co.uk)
Alex Klein engaged on a mission to make the Raspberry Pi more user-friendly
- Raspberry Jam for Education (Birmingham) (14 December)
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