To be or not to be? To be, to be – obviously!
Over the last few years, the Midsummer Midlands MUG Show became so excruciatingly small that for the last couple of years (2014, 2013) the visitor numbers have only just been in the twenties – and last year the decision was made that there wouldn’t be a show at all this year.
At least, not a standalone show – but RISC OS users looking for an early July event to attend in the Midlands are in luck!
Instead of organising a separate event, the Midlands User Group has instead brought the show under the umbrella of another event taking place in the Midlands, and very close to the date we would normally expect for their own show: The Recursion Computer Science Fair, which will take place on Saturday, 4th July, 2015.
Recursion 2014 took place on 5th July – the week before the Midlands group’s own show – and both the Midlands User Group and CJE Micro’s were there. This year, the RISC OS presence has expanded from those two to six:
The event takes place in the Levi Fox Hall of the King Edward vi School, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB, and doors will be open to the public from 11:00am – with entry absolutely free.
Since the show is a larger event than the typical RISC OS show these days – last year’s inaugural event saw over 500 visitors – it caters to a much wider audience, so if your computing interests extend beyond RISC OS, you
are clearly a traitor should find plenty to see and do, with a wide range of exhibitors covering a number of areas, including everyone’s favourite credit card sized machine, the Raspberry Pi.
Being based in a school – the very school attended by William Shakespeare, in fact – and organised by the school’s Head of Computing, there is unsurprisingly a notable educational element to the fair, with a number of schools (and even three universities) represented, and a number of hands-on workshops – so potentially a fun and educational day out for the kids. Even if you don’t usually bring them to RISC OS shows, it should be worth bringing them to this.