BCS Shropshire and the Raspberry Pi

15 September 2015

The AGM of the Shropshire BCS Branch was held last week at the Pheasant Inn, Admaston. Chair, Hollie Whittles, reaffirmed the aims of the branch to run events of interest to members and to encourage local networking. Thanks were given to retiring members of the committee for their contributions and the new committee was then elected.

Following the meeting, guest speaker, Kevin Wincott gave a keynote talk on the Raspberry Pi. With a background in big data, networking and IT security, Kevin was ideally placed to speak about the history and potential future of the Raspberry Pi, a credit card–sized single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.

Beginning by explaining the key components and features of the Raspberry Pi, Kevin then described the many ways the device can be used. This generated a lot of interest and at the end of the talk, he answered questions from the audience.

Kevin said: “It was a privilege to speak at the BCS event for me. As well as allowing me to share my passion for both open source technology and the Raspberry Pi, it was a great opportunity to connect with fellow IT users in Shropshire and the wider community and to share my knowledge.”
 
Hollie Whittles also commented “Raspberry Pi is a great way to learn about hardware hacking and coding. We wanted to hold a BCS Shropshire event that appealed to all generations and the attendee response to this idea was excellent. It was fantastic to see good local networking going on and we look forward to arranging more events in the future.”