Raspberry Jam is the name for Raspberry Pi meetups—and they come in many different formats. Some are like traditional tech user groups, but many are family-friendly events that provide opportunities for kids to learn to code and make things. The Raspberry Pi Foundation supports the community of Raspberry Jams and has just released a Guidebook to help people get started.
Raspberry Jams take place all around the world—but mostly in the United Kingdom and the United States. They’re run by (and attended by) a mix of engineers, hobbyists, teachers, parents, and young people. Some Jams do workshops, some do talks, some are practical, some do show-and-tell. And anyone can run one—you just need to find a venue, make some plans, set a date, and you’re good to go!
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