RISC OS South West to go ahead again in 2013

Da-na na-na na-na na-na na – Showtime!

After last year’s ‘near miss’ in the South West, when it began to look as though the usual RISC OS Show for the area wasn’t going to go ahead until new organisers stepped up at the last minute to save the day, it’s good to have a date announced in plenty of time for the 2013 show.

The 2012 show’s last minute saviours were Andrew Rawnsley of R-Comp and Richard Brown of Orpheus Internet, and the dynamic duo* have once again teamed up to organise a show for 2013, with the date having been announced and a number of exhibitors already contacted and signed up.

That date is Saturday, 23rd February, 2013, and the venue is the traditional Webbington Hotel, Loxton, Somerset, BS26 2HU – an easy drive from both Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare. The doors are expected to be open to the public at around 10:30am, and then remain open until approximately 4:00pm, depending on how busy things are.

With the popularity of the Raspberry Pi, and with an official RISC OS release for the computer now in the wild, it should come as no surprise to hear that as well as the usual RISC OS exhibitors, the organisers plan to incorporate a Raspberry Jam into the show, whereby people can come along and exhibit their projects based around the Raspberry Pi, even if they aren’t strictly RISC OS related. This has been happening at some user group meetings, and the recent London Show had a room designated as Room 3.14 for the same purpose – and it’s a trend we can expect to continue into the future.

The aim of such Jams is to inspire and encourage home coders and hackers, allowing them to talk about their projects and ideas, and to show them to others, to share ideas and get feedback – and with the more regular Jams taking place up and down the country, and indeed around the world, proving to be well attended, the aim of this aspect of the show is to bring our operating system to the attention of people who might have bought a Raspberry Pi for other purposes, and therefore to expose more people to the system that was originally developed specifically for the ARM processor that lies at the computer’s heart.

Confirmed exhibitors for the show so far include:

The charity stand has been able to make space for some more items, and is therefore able to take more donations. If you have any unwanted machines, monitors, software or computer-related clutter (preferably working and useful), please bring it along.

* I’ll leave it to RISCOSitory’s readership to decide which of the two is Batman, and which is Robin!

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