June 2013 Event – Raspberry Pi: A Hands-on Introduction


The Chartered Institute of for IT (BCS) is collaborating with Birmingham City University to bring you an introductory workshop on the Raspberry Pi.  This session, led by author Mike Cook, will introduce and discuss the achievements and the potential of the Raspberry Pi. The session is an opportunity to gain hands on experience with programmable electronic development kits be it for innovation, research or a hobby.

This event will take place on Tuesday 18th June 2013. The workshop will begin at 18:15. Please note that this workshop will be held at Birmingham City University, Millennium Point, Birmingham B4 7XG.

Tea, coffee and a buffet will be available from 17:45. Both members and non-members are welcome.

New Afternoon Session !

As this event has proved so popular with the evening session fully booked we are delighted to be able to offer an additional session in the afternoon for those who were unable to book for the evening session. The afternoon session will run from 15:00 to 17:00 with tea, coffee and a buffet following the session at 17:15. You can book for the afternoon session using the BCS booking system at https://events.bcs.org/book/698/.

If you have registered for the evening session and would like to manage your booking or would like to check if a space has become free then please go to https://events.bcs.org/book/684/.

If you are coming by car please note that there is a charge for parking. If you are travelling by train please be aware that the second phase of the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street station has commenced and the position of exits has changed. More information can be found here. To walk to Millennium Point you first need to reach the Rotunda. The walking directions on the Birmingham City University web site available from the link above can then be used.

About the Speaker

Mike Cook, veteran technical author and electronics maker, is best known to the public for his series of 200+ articles in The Micro User, Acorn Computing and Acorn User from 1983 to 2000 called the Body Building Course and Run the Risc. Here he explored the design and build of new gadgets, interfaces and peripherals for the old (vintage) BBC computer and the Acorn RISC PC. He also wrote numerous reviews, software articles and managed the readers’ problem page.

Mike started work in the late sixties at an industrial electronics company in Oldham. He went on to take a degree in Physical Electronics at Newcastle including a year spent working at the Admiralty Underwater Weapons establishment at Portland. This was followed by post graduate research in sound compression at Salford University. He spent over twenty years at Manchester Metropolitan University (initially Manchester Polytechnic) as a Physics lecturer specialising in computer instrumentation, astronomy and image processing. Later he moved back into industry where he headed the hardware design team for a pioneering digital terrestrial set top box and has been a development manager for security and RFID products.

He now works freelance as an embedded electronics consultant.

Recently he has been designing even more things in the arena of physical computing, exhibiting at the UK Maker Fairs, Mini Maker Fairs and the prestigious New York World Maker fair.