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Les Pounder looks for­ward to a new Rasp­berry Jam­boree in 2017.

The Rasp­berry Jam­boree was orig­i­nally cre­ated by Alan “Te­knoteacher” O’Dono­hoe, who started the Rasp­berry Jam rev­o­lu­tion. But it had been left dor­mant for a few years and in that time the Rasp­berry Pi Foun­da­tion had founded their own an­nual event: The Rasp­berry Pi Party. But the Rasp­berry Jam­boree re­turned in late May 2017 and found a new home, Manch­ester’s Cen­tral Li­brary. This one-day un­con­fer­ence had two streams of talks, and in true un­con­fer­ence style the del­e­gates were the ones talk­ing about their projects, pas­sions and prob­lems.

The Rasp­berry Jam­boree was well at­tended with over 120 peo­ple tak­ing part, and only a few days af­ter the Manch­ester ter­ror­ist at­tack.

There was also a sin­gle track of work­shops, pre­s­e­lected and run by chil­dren and adults from the com­mu­nity. We saw work­shops from pop­u­lar pre­sen­ters such as Martin O’Han­lon, who talked about writ­ing ob­ject-ori­ented Python code, Kather­ine Childs, who talked about us­ing the mi­cro:bit to cre­ate a geo­cache hunt and Joshua Lowe who talked about his Python-based lan­guage Edublocks.

The qual­ity of talks on of­fer was su­perb. We heard from chil­dren such as Elise and Cerys, who are lead­ing the way cre­at­ing groups and clubs for chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence the Rasp­berry Pi and other sin­gle-board com­put­ers. It’s great to see chil­dren tak­ing charge of cre­at­ing spa­ces for oth­ers to use: they are the next gen­er­a­tion of mak­ers, hack­ers and tin­ker­ers who will one day be or­gan­is­ing con­fer­ences and events.

The at­ten­dees en­joyed the Rasp­berry Jam­boree, and there are al­ready plans for it to re­turn in 2018.

Manch­ester’s Cen­tral Li­brary pro­vided a great venue for the many talks and work­shops.

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