July 8, 2012
-- Beginning Friday 20th July, four students aged 12 to 16, over the internet will host the first RasPiThon benefiting the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which is helping to advance the education of computing for both adults and children.
The 48-hour internet event, will be broadcast live online and hopefully attract an audience from around the world to watch as a team of four code a game in python while asking for support by donating to the Raspberry Pi Foundation via the http://www.RasPiThon.org.uk website.
“This is our first event of a marathon of any sort, after being inspired by gaming marathons online I decided to find friends that would help me with the event to run a marathon. With one of our main interests being coding we decided on RasPiThon. A 48-hour coding marathon where we create a game in Python which is the Raspberry Pi’s main coding language.” says Ryan Walmsley, Event Co-Ordinator, “The fact that we are managing it over the internet means that we have 3 people (including myself) from the UK, as well as one person from Australia. We all have Raspberry Pi computers, which shows how widespread the Raspberry Pi project has been. We all agree this is going to be a big challenge with us having to learn Python as we go, but fortunately we all have experience with other languages which should help us throughout the event.”
The Raspberry Pi Foundation (http://www.RaspberryPi.org
) is a computing charity dedicated to improving the education of computing for both adults and children: “Costing only £16, the tiny computer has been designed to inspire anyone, especially children, to get started with computer programming”
. The Raspberry Pi’s Linux operating system comes packaged with both Scratch aimed at younger students and Python aimed at older students and adults.
Watch the event live on the web at http://www.RasPiThon.org.uk
beginning on the 20th of July at 6 PM GMT + 1 (British Summer Time).
For more information please visit http://www.RasPiThon.org.uk