Eisteddfod and North Wales

Currently on the train home after spending a long weekend up in North Wales. With the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh this year, I took advantage to also visit my parents for a few days.

Discovered after arriving that I’d managed to forget the camera for my battery, spent time doing the usual computer updates (less of a problem this time as they’d mostly been on the iPad and iPhones).

Went off to the Eisteddfod to record an episode of Yr Haclediad for Haciaith.com. It’s always great fun getting together with the people involved with the technology world in Wales, it’s a really enthusiastic and savvy group. Always fun bringing my particular brand of ill-informed shouty nonsense to it all.

The thing I particularly enjoyed finding out about this year was the Technocamps group, who were at the Eisteddfod showing off their programmable robots. They’re a group that goes around schools teaching 11-19yo how to program. Using things like Mindstorms, Raspberry PI and various other techniques, their ethos is to give these things to the kids and say “okay, build stuff…”, rather than standard ITC lessons that teach kids how to use Microsoft Word. Having suffered what was laughably referred to as “Computing” at school (how to program Access “databases”), I’m massively pleased to see stuff like this happening.

Check out their website, they’re a really nice bunch of people.

Off to Nine Worlds GeekFest at the end of the week, I expect it to be awash with discussions of Peter Capaldi‘s appointment as the 12th Doctor (a fab choice…).

About bryns

Gîc Cymraeg Defnyddiwr Mac Podledwr a ffotograffydd Welsh geek, Mac user, Podcaster and Photographer
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