About Us

  • Contact
  • Email admin@cotswoldjam.org

  • Who?
  • Our organisers are Andy Baker from Cirencester, who is a network engineer and quadcopter enthusiast, and Andrew Oakley from Tewkesbury, who is a software development manager and home computing hobbyist. Both of us have children and are quite family-focussed.

  • What?
  • Raspberry Jams are events which showcase and help people learn about the Raspberry Pi computer, a £30 computer designed to help children learn to write computer programs, which has also been widely adopted by adult hobbyists. The computers are made in Newport, south Wales, under the steer of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, an education charity based in Cambridge.

    A typical Raspberry Jam event will feature:

    • a large show-and-tell area with hands-on demonstrations of robots, games, computer art and other projects
    • several tutorials, usually on programming or electronics, but sometimes about systems administration, typically for beginners
    • occasionally, a formal talk, which might be an inspirational subject for beginners or a more advanced talk for a technical audience

    The target audience is usually ages 8 to adult. To participate you will need to be able to read at key stage 2 level (8 year olds and above), type (even if very slowly) and use a computer mouse (even if badly).

  • Where?
  • The University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham.

    Read more about our venue including directions, parking and facilities.

  • When?
  • Usually the last Saturday afternoon of every other month.

    Find out details of our next event.

  • How?
  • To make sure we don’t go over capacity, and especially to make sure the tutorials are not over-subscribed, attendees will need to apply for a free ticket via the website. A portion of tickets will be reserved for children.