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Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire Recap

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Last weekend, we were proud to take part in the first ever Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire. In the United States, pretty much everyone has a Barnes & Noble Booksellers nearby, so it was a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about what we do. We hope that Barnes & Noble can continue to be a meeting place for our community.

I want to thank our volunteers who went to their local B&N to share what they do with Raspberry Pi: Robert, Chris, Jordan, Chad, Don, Kellyn, Ethan, Ron, Dustin, Cody, Taryn, Gavin, Trevor, Chris, Jim, Hal, Rex, and Brent. We’re so fortunate to have such a dedicated community and we are deeply grateful that you’re a part of it.

Here are a few photos from the event, collected from social media:

Raspberry Pi on Twitter

Volunteer Pi evangelists for #BNMakerFaire are in the @nytimes this today! More info here: https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/across-the-united-states-raspberry-jams-at-barnes-noble/ … pic.twitter.com/BXbiNLjD3o

Kids rule circuitry #bnmakerfaire #craftlakecity #makerfaire

“Kids rule circuitry #bnmakerfaire #craftlakecity #makerfaire”

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What a great crowd learning about Raspberry Pi at #BNMakerFaire. Thanks for having us, @BNBuzz and @makerfaire! pic.twitter.com/vXav6hlyRC

PCs for Me on Twitter

Ready to roll at B&N! @Raspberry_Pi @BNBuzz #RaspberryPi #BNMakerFaire pic.twitter.com/FdRHn3PEtk

Gavin on Twitter

Day 1 so excited! Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faire! @Raspberry_Pi @BNBuzz pic.twitter.com/YGzGeMaIKk

Raspberry Pi Jam @ Barnes and Noble Make…

Raspberry Pi Jam @ Barnes and Noble Maker Faire

Javon @ Barnes & Noble Maker Faire @raspberrypifoundation #bnmakerfaire

“Javon @ Barnes & Noble Maker Faire @raspberrypifoundation #bnmakerfaire”

It looks like this year’s Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire could be the first of many. We hope we’ll see you at next year’s event!

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Across the United States: Raspberry Jams at Barnes & Noble

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For our fans in the United States, we’ve joined up with Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Make: Magazine to host Raspberry Jams at a handful of select Barnes & Noble stores on Saturday November 7th at 2pm. It’s all a part of the Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire, which runs at all B&N stores November 6th through 8th.

We’ve recruited community members within the United States to host Jams at the key locations listed below, but if you’d like to join in at a different store that’s closer to you, don’t hesitate to contact your store’s Community Relations Manager to let them know you’d like to participate.

Like all other Jams, you’ll find these Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire Jams on our handy Raspberry Jam map:

  • 5604 Bay Street, Emeryville, CA
  • 1217 Caroline Street, Atlanta, GA
  • 5601 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX
  • 800 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
  • 728 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
  • Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere, OH
  • 9370 Sheridan Blvd, Westminster, CO
  • River Oaks, Houston, TX
  • 1701 Mallory Lane, Brentwood, TN
  • 33 E 17th St, New York, NY
  • 10509 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA
  • 1780 North Woodland Park Drive, Layton, UT
  • 12193 Fair Lakes Promenade Drive, Fairfax, VA
  • 7620 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC

While you’re there, keep an eye out for The MagPi on the newsstand! You can find more details about The Barnes & Noble Mini Maker Faire here.

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Thanks to all 100k participants: Maker Faire Rome 2015 was great

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Last weekend we were in Rome to take part to the third edition of Maker Faire Rome. With more than 100.000 participants, the event confirmed itself as the biggest Maker Faire outside of US. We thank you all for visiting our booth and express your support to Arduino.cc community.

On Saturday we had a special announcement to make, Intel and Massimo Banzi were on the main stage presenting the collaboration on the Arduino 101 and Genuino 101:

H98B6385 H98B6567 H98B6575 H98B6610 H98B6653 H98B6208

During the three days makers, designers, kids and parents, and many more visited the Genuino Booth and the Maker Store to see the new Arduino’s sister brand Genuino boards, explore the interactive installations and chat with the Arduino team:

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Massimo Banzi met  many fans and took part to a lot of selfies :

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Browse the gallery of all pictures on Arduino account on Flickr. And see you at Maker Faire Rome 2016!

Maker Faire Berlin 2015

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James Mitchell, who for the past year and a bit has been organising a mean Raspberry Jam Berlin, kindly agreed to represent Raspberry Pi at Maker Faire Berlin 2015 last weekend. It was the first continental European Maker Faire that Raspberry Pi has been to, and it was a fantastic event! Here is James’ round-up of a really busy and very worthwhile weekend.

Last weekend, 3-4 October, Berlin saw its first Maker Faire! As the organiser of the Raspberry Jam here in Berlin I got really excited to hear that finally Maker Faire was coming to town so, I jumped at the chance to represent Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Jam Berlin.

Maker Faire Berlin 2015

The goal was to let people know what the Raspberry Pi is and what it can do. And maybe also to sneak in that there is a Raspberry Jam in Berlin for those looking for support and community.

With a lot of help from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, community leaders like Les Pounder, Jam members and Jam sponsors, plus a whole lot of understanding from my wife, I set about building the booth and the little displays and demos:

  • Motorised spinning flower
  • Jedi or Sith detector
  • Conway’s Game of Life demo
  • Sense HAT demo
  • Internet Connected Goal: with camera, thermal printer and Twitter
  • Tweeting Photobooth
  • Robots: Line-following and Wiimote-controlled
  • Workstations with Minecraft, Scratch and Sonic Pi
  • Timelapse Cameras
  • Cheer Light Demo

Phew – that was a lot of work to set up!

It was extremely important to keep things simple but still show off the potential of the Raspberry Pi. The spinning flower, for example, might not look like much to veteran Pi users, but to someone new it’s showing the start of robotics. It’s showing that with a couple of wires and a motor you can make things move. Each display showed a key feature found in most Raspberry Pi projects: interface, data collection, connectivity and feedback.

Jedi OrSith detector at Maker Faire Berlin 2015

A Raspberry Pi-based Jedi Or Sith detector

A child explains something to an adult at the Raspberry Pi booth at Maker Faire Berlin 2015

A child explains what it’s all about to an adult

To avoid just having a mess of Pi’s on the table I made some display plates (painted 4mm MDF with a lot of holes, held up by sticks). Thanks also goes to Pimoroni for making acrylic versions for me! This kept things neat and also at eye level for kids who would be coming to the booth.

James Mitchell’s post on Vine

Watch James Mitchell’s Vine taken on 4 October 2015. It has 0 likes. Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.

Both days got really busy!

Crowd at Maker Faire Berlin 2015

There was a constant stream of people interested in the Pi. Special thanks go to my great team who helped out at the booth: Richard Ruston, Dr. Nana Schön and Florian Merz. Without their help and sunny disposition I don’t think our booth at the Faire would have run nearly as smoothly as it did.

Cannybots at Maker Faire Berlin 2015

Cannybots are programmable robots that you can control with your Pi

Visitors to the Raspberry Pi/Raspberry Jam Berlin booth at Maker Faire Berlin 2015

I did mention further up that we had timelapse cameras running…

Raspberry Pi at Maker Faire Berlin 2015

Raspberry Pi booth timelapse for Maker Faire Berlin October 2015 Music: www.bensound.com

We also won a Maker of Merit ribbon. How awesome is that?

Maker of Merit ribbon at Maker Faire Berlin 2015

What I can take away from the Maker Faire and the people I met is that education is very important to parents in Germany. They are looking for the resources and platforms to equip their kids for today’s technological world, and there are lots of choices out there. But it is all a little fragmented and maybe not always easy to learn. I found appreciation for the Raspberry Pi and what the Foundation is out to achieve. I found kids with wide eyes willing to learn, teachers desperate to teach and makers willing to share. This honestly validates the work that is going into the Raspberry Jam Berlin and makes it clear that I am on the right track.

If you want to help, just get out there, go to your Jams, help out at your Maker Faires, volunteer at your local schools. Keep things simple but awesome. Engage with people and spread the word!

Enormous thanks to James and his team for all the hard work that we know went into representing us at Maker Faire Berlin and showing people what they can do with Raspberry Pi. Everything we’ve seen tells us that it was a great first European Faire, and we’re sure there’ll be more to come!

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World Maker Faire New York 2015

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If you can believe it, it’s been four years since Raspberry Pi’s first appearance at World Maker Faire New York in Queens. These days, when we go to Maker Faire, we aren’t only introducing people to Raspberry Pi for the first time. We also want to show something new to those of you who know us well. And at this year’s event, we had a lot of shiny new gear to show off.

The Maker Faire booth crew (L-R) Roger, Matt, Eben, Philip, Russell, Rachel, and Ben.

The Maker Faire booth crew (L-R) Roger, Matt, Eben, Philip, Russell, Rachel, and Ben.

Since the new touch display and Sense HAT just started shipping, it was only fitting that we brought along some demos. We had a Kivy-based multitouch demo to show off the new touch display. There was also a quick demo of the functions of the Sense HAT. For those that wanted to get more hands on with Raspberry Pi and the Sense HAT, we had workstations setup for creating animations with Sense HAT’s 8×8 RGB LED Matrix. We owe a huge thanks to Raspberry Pi Certified Educator Richard Hayler for his work on RPi_8x8GridDraw, which we forked for Maker Faire.

Maker Faire attendees using Raspberry Pis to program animations onto the new Sense HAT.

Maker Faire attendees using Raspberry Pis to program animations onto the new Sense HAT.

Mounted to some swanky new mounting hardware we picked up from B&H, we also had the Astro Pi flight hardware on display. It was neat to show attendees how you have to pack up a Pi to ship to to space. We were absolutely chuffed (did I use that word correctly?) that Astro Pi won Best In Class from the editors of Make:

Philip Colligan on Twitter

We won best in class at #makerfaire – go @Raspberry_Pi pic.twitter.com/TBAqJeg0Gb

Maker Faire was also an excellent opportunity to share The MagPi in print with our fans. We have a great new subscription offer for the US, but we also wanted attendees to know that they can now find the official Raspberry Pi community magazine on the shelves at Barnes & Noble and Micro Center across the United States.

As with other Maker Faires, Raspberry Pis were spread far-and-wide throughout the event. In fact, one of the main showpieces used Raspberry Pi… 256 of them to be precise:

Watch the @Raspberry_Pi kinetic art in action, Zone 1 #WMF15 @makerfaire

Watch MAKE’s Vine “Watch the @Raspberry_Pi kinetic art in action, Zone 1 #WMF15 @makerfaire” taken on 26 September 2015. It has 12 likes. Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see.

Read more about Sam Blanchard and team’s SeeMore here.

Thanks to everyone who came by to see us! See you next year, New York!

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Meet us at Makercon and World Maker Faire 2015!

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This week New York City is the city of Makers, with Makercon conference and World Maker Faire coming up on our agenda!

You can begin on September 24th, with Massimo Banzi taking part to the session TECH: Cheaper, Faster, Better of Makercon (at 3.30pm local time) to discuss the future of maker development platforms – particularly microcontroller boards – and they paths toward being more powerful, less expensive, and more accessible to a broader range of Makers than ever before.

In the meanwhile, watch the video from 2014 edition:

On the weekend, September 26th and 27th, we’ll be joining Atmel booth in Zone 3 for the 6th annual World Maker Faire. We’ll be exhibiting some of our latest products and cool projects made with Arduino.

Here’s a memo of presentations made by Arduino team:

Saturday h.1.00 PM to 1.30 PM Center Stage – NYSCI Auditorium
State of Arduino by Massimo Banzi

Saturday 3:15 PM —3:30 PM Center Stage – NYSCI Auditorium
Who Are You Making For?  by Tom Igoe
Tom will share a few stories of makers whose work has inspired him in and out of the classroom, and discuss how their stories and motivations led to the things they’ve made.

Saturday 11:30 AM — 11:45 AM  Zone 3 – Make: DIY
Getting Started with Arduino (3rd edition) by Michael Shiloh
Co-author with Massimo Banzi of ‘Getting Started with Arduino’, Michael takes you through the microcontroller’s latest iterations.

Sunday 11:15AM – 11:30 AM Zone 3 – Make: DIY
Getting Started with Arduino (3d edition) by Michael Shiloh
Co-author with Massimo Banzi of ‘Getting Started with Arduino’, Michael takes you through the microcontroller’s latest iterations.