Vincent Lee
Nov 6, 2016 · 5 min read
The Youthzone Raspberry Pi Team

It has been a week since Mozilla Festival 2016. I’m still tired, exhausted, and……. (fed up with holiday homework :-{ , but that isn’t relevant ). So here is the personal wrap up of MozFest 2016.

So it all began with Andrew (one of the space wrangler), giving a hint hint that Mozfest 2016 session submissions were still open, so naturally I got Sam Stuart and started brainstorming ideas of possible for a session at Mozfest, taking into account we weren’t dealing with the normal Raspberry Jam format like usual. So after what was 4 hours of brainstorming, frantic typing we had an idea to make a Motion triggered photo taking a tweeting workshop, or actually named “Automatic Twitter photo booth with the Raspberry Pi”. Then 2 days later our idea was actually accepted… Then came the task of turning a concept idea into code, then into a worksheet kids could understand. So 4 days later a concept had been made into code with all the bugs worked out and the code simple enough for kids to understand. Then comes the pain of writing the worksheet. That took a month.

So after all of that comes Mozfest itself. So on Friday I get up at 04:15 having to fly from Northern Ireland to London and be at Ravensbourne for 10:00. So I get on a flight, get to London…… and then……… the train we planned to take was cancelled! Great, so we take a massive detour from Gatwick making it to Ravensbourne half an hour late, great first impression! (Thanks, Thameslink) and we miss half of the induction for the facilitators.

Then comes setup. In typical Andrew fashion, he bosses….. Oh, sorry Delegates (^_-) , jobs to everyone, and I have the fun task of getting a Dell Vistro laptop to install Linux for another PiNet sever. Linux is Fun……. To keep things short, we don’t finish getting thing set up till 9 O’clock at night, and we don’t get back to the apartment until 1am. But that’s pretty good when you consider we are setting up 80+ Raspberry Pis between 2 floors and 3 rooms, and 35 Pis can take up till 1am to get working. During all of this, the Mozfest Science festival was on with all weird and wonderful thing.

Mozfest Science Festival

Then comes the first day of Mozfest! We have 2 rooms of sessions on in the Youthzone just for Raspberry Pis and 3 lasers cutters (potentially setting thing on fire) On level 9. At the start of the day, Bethanie and I go down and borrow a box of pastries for the youth zone. This operation needed us to sneak through the ground floor without being detected.

Cerys more that enthusiastic to see her pizza. (Amy and Bethanie too tired to react)

Then at the end of the day we all went to London Bridge to get Pizza and then we had a bit of complication and then we had to slip up, half to London Bridge another half to Moorgate. but pizza was still really nice, and of course we are all mentally dead at this point from running around and doing sessions.

More Pizza!!!

The last day of Mozfest then came, after a night of sleep finally. I spent the lift 2 hours after arriving, testing my worksheet to find out that PiNet didn’t like me and refused to allow the cameras to work on the Raspberry Pis. So after 2 hours of trouble shooting and for some reason it worked, we have no idea why, it just did.

Astro Pi

At 2pm we and Sam started our session that we went to do. We had a near full room, that was surprising (to me). So we ran through the sets of getting Python to send a simple text based tweet. Then we moved on to making it so that the use the PIR to trigger the camera to take a picture. A few people got it work, but the problem from earlier showed up again. The problems of Alpha software.

https://twitter.com/tenthchain/status/792733371013197824

MozFest has been great fun! Just meeting other people and seeing all the work others have been working on has been great. It’s been fun running a workshop out side of the normal NI Raspberry Jam format and being able to help out with other people’s workshops was also great. Also as a plus this is my first workshop that hasn’t fell flat of its face. I hope I can do this next year!

I do need to give a shout out to Sam Stuart for being my Co Facilitator and and making the slides for the session. Cerys Lock for being the person who seemingly becomes really hyper and tipsy very late at night and looks like she wide awake :-) and keeps everyone cheerful. and Dorine Flies for organising the Youth Zone and inviting me along to do my session.

Setup and testing
Posters don’t draw themselves
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Mozilla Festival

MozFest is an annual, hands-on festival for and by the open Internet movement. Every year, bright minds from around the world build, debate, and explore the future of our lives online. In this publication, we invite everyone to share their thoughts and start conversations.

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Mozilla Festival

MozFest is an annual, hands-on festival for and by the open Internet movement. Every year, bright minds from around the world build, debate, and explore the future of our lives online. In this publication, we invite everyone to share their thoughts and start conversations.

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