September in Twickenham

It’s been a couple of weeks now since we hosted our most recent Coding Evening in Twickenham and I’m still reeling from how amazing it was!

Firstly, our venue, The Stokes and Moncreiff in Twickenham, had been renovated courtesy of Coca Cola for the Rugby World Cup and so the room we usually use was brighter and more inviting than usual; the whole atmosphere of the pub felt more upbeat and welcoming!

Secondly, we were joined by PiTop, who not only had their recently finished PiTop laptop ready to show us, they brought along a sample of their newest product, a Raspberry Pi monitor and case which reminded me of an iMac for some reason. They also demo-ed a cool eighties-style RPG to learn command line, which was pretty fun and would appeal massively to children (quite a few of the adults were keen to give it a go too). We were pretty lucky to have a chance to have a play with both their products and are looking forward to seeing them at our Coding Evening Special at Mozilla this week!

Most excitingly, the generous pirates at Pimoroni offered to buy attendees their first drink, which meant that everyone could enjoy a relaxing beverage without breaking the bank – for some reason this seemed to appeal to a lot of the teachers in the room who were really happy to relax with a pint (of coke of course…honest). Thank you pirates, we are so, so grateful for all of your support!

The atmosphere in the room was best described as excitable, as we saw guests ranging from complete novices, to Python software gurus. We were pleased to welcome CAS Regional Coordinator for London, Jane Waite, three graduates from the recent Skycademy held at the Raspberry Pi Foundation in Cambridge along with a host of new attendees; September turned out to be our most successful evening yet and we’re excited about our upcoming special event in Mozilla now. Keep an eye out for some special announcements soon about this upcoming sell out events as well as some future events and more Coding Evenings around the country.


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