Raspberry Jam hits Helsingborg for the fourth time, this Saturday 15th March. It’s a race against the clock as the time to sign up runs out at 22.00 this Friday 14th – so secure your spot a.s.a.p. if you haven’t already. The event will take place at Mindpark from 12.00 to 16.00 and is free and open to all data-enthusiasts looking to learn more about Raspberry Pi. Those involved will be offered support with ongoing projects and be provided with a chance to showcase finished ones, or simply get to play around and experiment with Raspbian Wheezy and XMBC.

Also on the menu: a fika of warm raspberry pie and vanilla cream à la FS-Data and custard buns courtesy of Solsnäckan AB and r-pi.se, alongside coffee and tea provided by Mindpark, so you can satisfy your sweet tooth while indulging your inner nerd.

Not Just Desserts

To avoid any confusion, let us clarify that the Raspberry Pi in focus during the event is quite different to the delicate dessert which will be served. Raspberry Pi is a single board computer, about the size of a credit card, which plugs in to your TV and can be used for electronic projects. It has many of the same abilities and functions as your PC, can make spreadsheets, be used for word processing and gaming and play high definition videos. However, the device’s main and intended function, which initiated its creation in the UK, is to promote the teaching of basic computer sciences in schools across the globe in order to educate children about programming.

This is the mission according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation:

“We want to see cheap, accessible, programmable computers everywhere… We want to break the paradigm where without spending hundreds of pounds on a PC, families can’t use the internet. We want owning a truly personal computer to be normal for children, and we’re looking forward to what the future has in store.”

It may seem like a big dream for a micro machine, but the charity behind it has already established a great deal of support from governments and other organizations. In the Middle East, for example, the government has expressed its interest in supplying school girls with a board to enhance their future employment prospects.

We look forward to jamming with you this Saturday!