Southend Tech Festival / Raspberry Jam / Computer Club

Southend Tech runs Raspberry Jams, coding and digital making events in Southend and Essex using the Raspberry Pi computer, the BBC MicroBit and lots of other fun tech and electronics.

Southend Raspberry Jam Tech Fest is our large family friendly event with interesting tech talks, workshops and projects exhibited. Learn about Raspberry Pi, Microbit, coding, Scratch, Python, electronics, virtual reality and meet lots of other like minded people – Be part of the Raspberry Pi community.
Click here for photos of last year’s Jam.



Southend Tech Fest / Raspberry Jam
Sunday 4th March 2018 – 10am – 5pm
at The Hive enterprise Centre, Southend, SS2 6EX
Talks, workshops, projects, Pepper the £17,000 emotive robot, IBM Watson AI, learn coding, Minecraft coding, more details and booking  here.

Southend Digital Professionals monthly meetup
Thursday 1st March 2018 – 6pm – 9pm+
at The Hive Enterprise’s TechCityonSea, Southend
Booking and more details here .
Meetups continue on the first Thursday of the month at The Old Waterworks.

Monthly Makerspace meetup
Sat 10th March 2018 11am – 4pm
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
More info click here.

Southend on Sea Linux User Group
Monday evenings 7pm-late
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
Drop in meetup for Linux uses with occasional events.

Southend Maths Jam
Tuesday 20th February 2018 – 7pm
at The Elms, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea
second-last Tuesday of the month over 18s
More info here.

Previous Events

“Your Code in Space” workshops
Monday 23rd October 12pm-4pm
at The Hive Enterprise Centre, Southend, SS2 6EX

Teams 14yrs and under are guaranteed to have their code run in space !!

Teams code the Raspberry Pi computers and sensors on the International Space Station using beginner Python coding (no experience of Python necessary, suitable for ages 7yrs+).
More info and booking click here.


Family day with Tech
Wednesday 31st May
at Focal Point Gallery, Southend
More details

Microbit drop in workshops
Thursday 1st June
Leigh Library 10.30am – 12.30pm
Southchurch Library 2am – 4pm
Find out how to use a Microbit and borrow one for free to try at home.


Southend workshops for 11-16yr olds Pioneers
Sat 3rd June 2017 – 11am – 4pm

Sat 24th June 2017 – 11am – 4pm
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
More details here.

Essex Fablab
Sun 18th June 2017 12pm-4pm
at Wat Tyler, Pitsea

PHP Essex
Wednesday 21st June 7pm – 10.30pm
Kanban Introduction. More info.

Southend Digital Professionals monthly meetup
Thursday 22nd June  7pm – 10pm
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
(over 18s) Book here.
List of web designers in Southend on Sea, Essex.

Gigabit Southend Network Launch
Wednesday 5th July 5pm – 7.30pm
at The Hive Southend. Book here.
Find out about Southend’s new fibre optic network (with wine and canapés).

Southend Coding Evening for educators
Thursday 6th July 6pm – 9pm
at The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend, SS0 7AB
For teachers, Code Club and Raspberry Pi potential or current volunteers and mentors.
Book here.


Wed 12th July 6pm – 9pm
at The Hive, Southend
Digital Futures

Weekly Code Clubs at local libraries
Structured learning with Scratch, html/css (building web sites) and Python
Various venues and lengths – new intakes coming soon.


Southend Business Partnership Briefing – “Digital Southend”
Wednesday 8th March 7.30am-10am
South Essex College , Elmer Square , Southend-on-Sea, Essex , SS1 1NE
Find out about digital skills in Southend including the new fibre broadband being laid.
Book here

Southend workshops for 12-15yr olds Pioneers competition
Saturdays 18th March 2017 – 1pm – 5pm
The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend
A competition to create a funny tech related project and make a video of it. Build a game or app using Raspberry Pi, Microbit, Scratch, Python, mobile phone, HTC Vive, laptops or any other kind of tech, hardware or software you may have.
(younger Yr7 – 11 year olds and older Yr 11 – 16 year olds are also eligible.)
Bring your own laptop, tech and ideas or hack some of our projects and kit.
Entrants will receive ongoing local mentoring, a chance to demo their projects at our Raspberry Jams and invites to more advanced workshops like cyber security, AI, games development.
Winners will be invited to a code camp in London, and have their projects professionally filmed, turned into resources and published by Raspberry Pi.
More details and booking here.
Also, Mondays 13th and 20th March informal Pioneers help and meetup at The Old Waterworks as listed here:


Pitsea workshop for 12-15yr olds Pioneers competition
Sunday 12th March 2017  – 12pm – 4pm
Cordite Room, Wat Tyler Country Park, Pitsea
Informal drop in meetup with Essex Fablab showing 3D printers and laser cutter products.
Feel free to attend to learn more about Raspberry Pi, Microbits, coding, electronics, 3D printers and laser cutting.
Occasional more organised larger events will be organised at Wat Tyler Park.

Southend Tech City on Sea meetup
Wednesday 15th March 2017 – 6pm – 9pm
The Hive Enterprise Centre, Southend, SS2 6EX
Tech meetup (with free beer and pizza so over 18)
Details and booking here

PHP Essex
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 7.30pm – 10.00pm
The Bird In Hand, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0RZ
Monthly meeting to create a community of PHP developers of all abilities in Essex.
details here

Southend Coding Evening
Thursday 23rd March 2017 6pm – 9pm
The Old Waterworks, Southend
Meetup for teachers, Code Club volunteers, Raspberry Jam mentors and industry professionals to network and learn about helping people learn with tech. Will include a visit from Dan, Regional Code Club Coordinator. Details and booking here.

Chelmsford Tech Day
Saturday 25th March 2017

Southend Raspberry Jam #11
Saturday 20th May 2017 10am – 5pm
The Hive Enterprise Centre, Southend, SS2 6EX


Maker Monday Demo Day
Monday 30th January 2017 6pm – 9pm+
Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend
Demonstrations of creative digital projects. Please bring a project to show.

2016 events

Rayleigh Raspberry Jam
Saturday 22nd October 2016 10am-1pm
Rayleigh Library
details here

Robot building workshop
Monday 24th October 2016 1pm – 2.30pm
Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend
Learn to build and program a Raspberry Pi robot. Book here.

Astro Pi 2 competition
Monday 24th October 2016 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend
Learn about Tim Peake using Raspberry Pi in space and enter the new competition to have your code run on the International SpaceStation.
See this page about previous competition winners from Southend who are meeting Tim Peake in November.

Raspberry Pi Beginners day
Monday 24th October 2016 3.30pm to 8pm
Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend
Learn how to use the Raspberry Pi and BBC Microbit, suitable for all ages. Just turn up

Principia Schools Conference – Portsmouth
Wednesday 2nd November
Presenting to Tim Peake the Sonic Pi AstroPi competition winners entry and other AstroPi activities we have run

Build a burglar alarm – Raspberry Pi workshop
Sat 12th and Sun 13th November 2016 – Part of the Ideas Festival
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford
Book here

Tim Peake Astro Pi Sonic Pi winners

The Mitchell Mob won the 11 years and under Sonic Pi Astro Pi competition after taking part in a Southend Tech SonicPi AstroPi workshop.
Tim Peake sent a video message playing the music they coded whilst he was in space on the International Space Station.
Click here to listen to their song, see the code and more about it.

Contact us

To find out more details and to be kept informed :
Email: southendraspberryjam {at}
Follow on Twitter: @SouthendTech and @SouthendRPiJams
(DMs are open to all)
Details will be on this website

Can you help ?

We’re also looking for people to help us run Raspberry Jams, Coding/Maker workshops etc. in Southend and Essex.
Technical help, transport, free venues, sponsorship, equipment,micro/SD cards, publicity, web design etc is also needed.
We also have young people who would like to do some work experience at tech / engineering companies. (see below)
If you would like to help :
DM @SouthendTech on Twitter (DMs are open to all)
or email southendraspberryjam {at:}

Previous Events

Compose space-age tunes for Tim Peake workshops

Tim Peake was aboard the International Space Station and asked school children to compose some music for him to listen to whilst he is in space.

The music was composed on the AstroPi (augmented Raspberry Pi) computers, which Tim used to run children’s experiments, using SonicPi.
There were workshops in Southend in June and around Essex in July 2016 – see list of dates.
Suitable for 8 yrs+. Bring a charged laptop – software also runs on Windows/Mac
Contact southendraspberryjam {at} to find out more details.0+.


Southend SonicPi/AstroPi workshops

Southend Raspberry Jam 9 – Tim Peake Reurns to earth

A Raspberry Pi celebration to celebrate Tim Peake’s return from the International Space Station.
10am-5pm on Saturday 18th at Temporary Arts Project, North Road, Southend on Sea, SS0 7AB. With lots of Retro computers and gaming from the 80s and 90s.

Bank Holiday Monday 28th March 5pm – 9pm
Temporary Arts Project
North Road
Southend on Sea
No need to book.

Tuesday 29th March 10am – 1pm
Tuesday 29th March 1.30pm – 4.30pm
The Hive Enterprise Centre
Victoria Avenue
Southend on Sea
Booking details to follow.

Pi Day Mini Raspberry Jam

14th March 5pm – 9pm, Free
Temporary Arts Project, Southend
To celebrate Pi Day (3/14 in the US date system)
Sonic Pi / Astro Pi competition help, Raspberry Pi 3 and Zero and a preview of the Braintree Museum Body Science Saturday experiments.

Braintree Museum Body Science Saturday

19th March 2016  10am – 4pm
Free Admission

Discover the human senses.
Explore sound, light, colour blindness, infrared vision and reaction times with the Astro Pi / Raspberry Pi computer and Southend Tech.
Find out how to write Sonic Pi code for Tim Peake to listen to on the International Space Station on the AstroPi (augmented Raspberry Pi) computers which Tim is currently using to run children’s experiments. (Bring a charged laptop)
Part of British Science Week.

Young persons mini Raspberry Jam

Thursday 7th April 12 – 4 pm at Temporary Arts Project, Southend.

We are holding a mini youth Raspberry Jam for and run by young people to show their projects, socialise and to learn more about the Raspberry Pi, BBC MicroBit, SonicPi, AstroPi, coding and making projects. (See below for more info on these.)

A number of young people already help at Raspberry Jams and workshops in Southend, Chelmsford, London and elsewhere, and we hope that more would like to learn how to mentor people at events.
Some of them have already won awards for the work they are doing.

Please bring a charged laptop (if you have one) and anything that you would like to show or demonstrate. There will be Raspberry Pis setup for people to use.

We’ll have the Piwars robot to show, which the Southend Raspberry Pi team built.
Book here.

Hack Essex

Saturday 19th March 2016 9.30 am – Sunday 20th March 2016 3 pm
PROCAT Canvey Island – Meppel Avenue, Canvey Island SS8 9RZ
Community Responses to Flooding

Postponed due to circumstances beyond their control.

Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Weekend

Raspberry Pi is holding a birthday party to celebrate the 4th Birthday of the Raspberry Pi on 5th/6th March in Cambridge. Tickets are still available for the Sunday. Book here.
@SouthendTech ran the Sonic Pi for Tim Peake workshop Sunday 10:30-11:45 am
and presented “How to make music using Sonic Pi” on Sunday 1.30 pm and will run the SonicPi workshops in Essex.

Chelmsford Code Club
Tuesdays from 12th April 4-5 pm.
Chelmsford Library Code Club for 9-11 year olds
Phone 01245 492758 for details
This event is fully booked and no new members are being accepted for the time being.

Southend Code Club
A Code Club is currently being setup in Southend for 9-11 years old. Details are currently being finalised.

Southend Code Club volunteer training
A mentor recruitment / induction workshop will be held on the 4th May 4-6pm at Southend Library, The Forum.
Book here.

Southend Coding Evening
Thursday 15th March 5.30pm – 9.00pm
Temporary Arts Project, North Road
(50 m south of the BP garage on West Road)
An opportunity for teachers, Raspberry Pi enthusiasts and Code Club/CoderDojo volunteers to come together to discuss the new computing curriculum in an informal and friendly environment.
Book here.


Southend on Sea Linux User Group
Mondays 7pm
Temporary Arts Project
North Road
Linux, Raspberry Pi, computing all ages.

Southend Raspberry Jam Piwars Robot entry

Southend Raspberry Jam entered Piwars 2015
We came 17th out of 30 robots, came second in the straight line challenge
and reached the semi-finals of PiNoon challenge – See 3:20 :

Here are the team’s young people explaining how it works:

Here’s a general video about Piwars :

Southend Raspberry Jams

Follow @SouthendRPiJams
Want to know more about our Southend Raspberry Jam and Chelmsford Raspberry Jam, you can read these articles and reviews.

Reviews from Love Southend :

More about our Southend Raspberry Jams:

BBC MicroBit Python Preview
Monday 15th February 7 pm – 9pm and other dates
Temporary Arts Project, North Road
(50 m south of the BP garage on West Road)

The BBC will shortly be giving one million year 7 pupils a free BBC MicroBit.
Southend Tech and a “Computer at Schools” Master Teacher will be showing us the BBC MicroBit and how to program it using Python. (This hasn’t been publicly released on yet.)
It can do some really cool things with some very simple Python.
Suitable for 11yrs+ with experience of Python programming.
No booking required.

Chelmsford Raspberry Jam

Follow @ChelmsfordRJam

Work Experience / Apprenticeships / Career advice

We have young people who would like to do some work experience at tech / science / engineering etc. companies.
If you can help with this or would know a young person who would like to do some works experience / apprenticeship or needs some career advice, please get in contact.

Currently, Silkstream, who have helped run the html workshop at the Southend Raspberry Jam are looking for a “Web design / development apprentice”.

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