Seattle Raspberry Pi Meetup

The Seattle Raspberry Pi Meetup is sponsored by Jigsaw Renaissance, a non-profit maker space housed in Inscape Arts building just south of Uwajimaya in Seattle's International District. This meetup is for all things Raspberry Pi. Jigsaw Renaissance provides a meeting space for enthusiasts to meet and work on projects with other beginners and experts. Speakers and specific learning topics will be as often as possible. Events are free, though donations to keep Jigsaw Renaissance operating are gladly accepted. People from all backgrounds, interests, and walks of life are encouraged to attend. Do not be intimidated if you have little of no experience with Linux, Raspberry Pi, or other techie stuff. Jigsaw Renaissance provides a collegial and inviting atmosphere for people to learn and grow. We’re not endorsed or associated with the Raspberry Pi, but we're big fans!

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  • Thom M.

    It was great to meet others with Raspberry Pi interests.

    August 22, 2013

  • Thom M.

    Thanks to everyone for attending last night's Raspberry Pi meetup. Here's some commands we used last night:

    # Install easy_install Python package installer
    sudo apt-get install python-setuptools

    # Run easy_install to install cherrypy Python library
    sudo easy_install cherrypy

    Please feel free to share ideas for future Raspberry Pi Meetups. General areas of interest might be Linux, Python, or GPIO (Input/Output pins for electronics projects).

    Last, we hope to see you again tonight to meet with the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Rob Bishop who'll be giving a talk. Rob is touring hackerspaces in the US and selected Jigsaw Renaissance for their Seattle stop.

    August 22, 2013

  • Pat T.

    Just a reminder...we have a switch that should have sufficient ports for wired Ethernet connections, but we don't have enough Ethernet cables. (I'm hunting cables, but haven't found many yet...) So if you have one (or more), please bring it (them)! If you've got cables that are > 10 feet, even better, as it needs to reach from the switch to where you're sitting. Thanks!

    August 21, 2013

  • Thom M.

    The Raspberry Pi requires a bit of setup and hardware to work with. Please come as prepared as possible, and feel free to bring extra peripherals to share if you have them. Here's the list:

    Raspberry Pi board, micro USB power cable, power adaptor (your laptop's USB port most likely can't power the Raspberry Pi adequately)
    HDMI-compatible LCD monitor and HDMI cable
    USB keyboard (mouse too if you're not comfortable on the command line)
    SD card (2GB or larger)
    It can take 30 minutes or more to write a Linux image to an SD card, so please have your SD Card pre-formatted with the Raspbian “wheezy” Linux for class, if at all possible:

    For network connectivity a Raspberry-Pi-compatible USB WiFi adaptor is a plus, or you can bring an ethernet cable to plug into our network switch. Networking isn't technically required but will likely make things easier.

    If you're unsure what all this means, please feel free to attend anyway.

    August 9, 2013

  • Thom M.

    Danny Black and I met tonight to discuss the curriculum for the first meetup, and we decided the home automation project would be a bit of a stretch.

    In our first meetup, we'll use Python to control basic circuits on your Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins.

    August 6, 2013

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