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Did your dad ignite in you a passion for all things Tech?  Or perhaps Dad needs a helping hand from you with anything even vaguely complicated?  Perhaps you have a dad that just waxes lyrical about ‘Pong’ and ‘Pacman’ and he needs to get it out of his system?

Come along to Tech Camp’s “Ultimate Father’s Day” event, build your own arcade machine, learn about the Raspberry Pi and perhaps even challenge Dad in a retro game from decades past!  We’re sure he’ll enjoy this event and with our first “parent/child” event you can even get into the action yourself as well!

  Ultimate Father's Day
When Sunday June 19th, 2016 10am-4pm
Where The Iron yard, Studio 8.2 The Leathermarket, Weston St, London SE1 3ER
Who Intelligent, creative children with their parent
Price £295 for up to three people
Includes One complete ‘Picade’ machine including Raspberry Pi, power supply, SD card, and buffet lunch
Learning How to build a desktop arcade machine, setting up and using the Raspberry Pi and much more!

The great thing about this event is that you can bring up to three people for the same price as long as there’s one adult, so two children can bring their dad, or perhaps Mum is the Tech expert in your house and you’d like to bring her along as well?

We’ll be building the extraordinary “Picade” from Pimoroni.  This is one seriously high-class UK-designed tech kit and includes all electronics, arcade-quality controls, stereo speakers and even a custom-designed powder-coated enclosure.  It doesn’t ordinarily come with a Raspberry Pi or power supply, but we’ll throw these in as well, with the total take-home kit worth over £230.  The cost of the day is £295 but when you consider it includes all of this as well as refreshments, and you can bring up to three people for this price, I’m sure you’ll agree this is great value for money. This year we’re featuring all UK-designed Tech at our events and the Picade and Raspberry Pi are two great examples of British ingenuity.  Since the Cambridge-designed Raspberry Pi was released, Pimoroni have been leaders in producing all manner of Raspberry Pi-related accessories and their stuff is top notch.  You might like to see what other kits they sell through their website at

We’ll kick off on the day at 10am, where you’ll be straight into the lab at The Iron Yard ( – our fantastic venue for the day in Central London right near London Bridge.  If any family members want to come along but are not really into Tech, there’s all sorts of great things to do in and around the venue, including visiting markets, restaurants, galleries and museums, or chilling out in one of the nearby parks and gardens.


We’ll start off learning about the Raspberry Pi, connecting it to a keyboard, monitor and network connection to turn it into a full-blown computer, and then you’ll find out how to create your own OS (operating system) image to kick it into life and (amongst other things) turn it into your own desktop arcade machine.

We’ll then start the build itself – it’s a little time consuming but quite a simple build and you’ll be guided by our Tech experts to keep you on the right track.  We’ll have plenty of other interesting things you can learn about after you’ve completed the build – we imagine many will want to spend at least some time trying out some arcade games and configuring their Picade for the best game play experience, but after that you can explore programming your own game on the Picade using either ‘Scratch’ or for the more adventurous amongst you, hard-coding your game in Python.  Find out about movement, graphics, sound effects and much more in this day with a difference and because you get to take home everything the learning (and fun) will continue long after the event.

We’ll be having a buffet lunch at the venue roughly half way through the day and we’ll finish up at 4pm when everyone will depart, taking home their arcade machine.

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