Is Rob coming to Charlotte Hackerspace or will he be in the Charlotte, North Carolina area? I am a member of the Charlotte Hackerspace and a school teacher in Charlotte who is beginning to use Raspeberry Pi in the classroom. I would be happy to take you out to lunch and show you our school if Rob is available. Plus, I can get teachers from other schools to join us. I understand that Rob may not have time, but this is a great opportunity for us to learn from Rob and for him to see how a few schools in the US are using Raspeberry Pi in the classroom.
Hi Tom! Thanks for getting in touch. I sadly couldn't fit NC into this trip due to time constraints but Eben is planning to hopefully be around in that area very soon. We'll see if we can arrange something!
There are several groups in the Chicago Area with an interest in the RPi.
There's several hackerspaces, in the city is Pumping Station 1, out in the west burbs is Workshop 88, and another up in Milwaukee is Sector 67.
I'm with the Chibots, the Chicago Robotics club. Unfortunately, we don't have a number in our name, or an address of our own. We meet at a library the second Sunday of each month. If you're passing through on a second Sunday of any month, you are invited to our meetings.
If you are in town any other time, we could organize a time at any of the other spaces, the folks are pretty friendly. We'd love to see you out here! Please let me know if you can head out this way, and I'll round up the gang
Chicago is top of the list for the next US trip which will hopefully happen before the end of the year. I'm going to put out a call for interested Chicago and Midwest groups to get in touch when I know when I'll be around. It would be great to visit the Chicago Robotics club along with Pumping Station 1, Workshop 88, Sector 67 - I've added them to the list!
Jim and W.H.Heydt - Looking forward to meeting you guys too! Keep up the good work, both of you!
Uh, 5 events in the NYC area within what, 20 miles of each other? As a resident of Colorado Springs (and the owner of a Raspberry Pi), I'd love to attend, and would be willing to head up to Denver, but the nearest event to me appears to be Austin, TX at about 900 miles. I understand you can't be everywhere, but 5 events in NYC and nothing else until you reach the west coast except for Austin?
Steve, I'm sorry you feel so upset about this. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity so it's important for us to make sure that our money is spent efficiently - visiting as many places while in NYC makes sense in terms of reaching out to the most people at the lowest cost. Austin was scheduled as there were reasons for me to be in Austin anyway so adding an event while I'm there also makes sense.
This is only the first trip that's being planned for the US. Eben and Liz are hopefully going to be in the Georgia, North/South Carolina and Florida areas very soon and I'm intending to be back to visit Chicago, Boston and other Midwest US areas before the end of the year.
If you can let me know of a nearby hackspace to you I'll do my best to add it to the list! The US is a pretty big place to try to cover in one trip!
All the best,