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American Pi Hackspace Tour Comes to Boise

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 9:19 am / July 30, 2013


Treasure Valley tinkerers have something new to look forward to this summer. The Raspberry Pi Foundation, a U.K.-based charity seeking to provide the world with cheap, accessible, programmable computers, has scheduled Boise into its American Pi Hackspace Tour.

The stop in Boise will feature two events on Friday, Aug. 16. At 4:30 p.m., Boise State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will host a hands-on workshop and informal talk in room 106 of the Micron Engineering Center. Later that evening, Open Lab Idaho will host an informal social event at their facility in Garden City.

RaspberryPi350x300Rob Bishop, one of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s developers, is crisscrossing the nation in a Regency-Grand style tour, only with airplanes and a backpack full of computers, to visit local hackspaces and kick-start Pi projects around the globe. At each stop, the tour features an informal talk, a question-and-answer session, a demonstration and a hands-on workshop. Events also include show-and-tell segments to showcase work in the community.

To learn more about a Boise State student’s work creating a Raspberry Pi, and to better understand what it does, click here.

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