Pi and Radio 2022
UKW-Tagung Weinheim, Sept. 10, 2022
UKW-Tagung Weinheim, Sept. 10, 2022
Pi and More is the largest German-speaking community event around "small computers". We are happy that in the tenth year of our existence we can again be there live and in color!
On September 10, we are partnering with the traditional VHF conference under the headline Pi and Radio and invite you to Weinheim, where fresh content for Makers will be presented together with amateur radio topics. We will mix up the social program and camping around the clubhouse of the radio amateur club Weinheim with our own tent for hackers and makers!
On September 10, Pi and Radio will take place at the Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Schule in Weinheim starting at 09:15. You have the choice between four lecture tracks - you can find the full program here. In addition, there will be workshops, an exhibition of projects and partners and plenty of time for exchange with like-minded people. The entrance fee is 9 Euros for visitors 18 and over. A previous registration is not necessary.
From September 1 to 11, we will be camping on the club grounds of the Weinheim Amateur Radio Club - with our own area for makers and hackers during the days before the event. In best location at the edge of the Rhine plain, with power supply and lots of space you can stay in your tent, caravan or camper for a small fee. Only the uplink is thin - we are still working on a better connection. A reservation or pre-registration is not necessary. By the way: On September 3, the nearby air sports club will celebrate its 90th anniversary with an aerobatics program.
We're excited to be back live and in color in 2022!
We kick things off on Saturday, September 10 with Pi and Radio! We invite you to Weinheim, where we will present our Maker topics plus the amateur radio topics of the traditional VHF conference on the big stage.
We are now looking for people and groups who would like to present a project or topic. A connection to radio topics can, but does not have to be present! Details about the formats and submission can be found in the Call for Contributions.
See you soon in Weinheim!
The Pi and More event series returns with an online Maker event on January 23. The day is filled with short talks and matching discussion opportunities around minicomputers and other Maker topics. In cooperation with the VHF conference, topics from the amateur radio sector will also be covered.
For example, the MuonPi project will demonstrate how cosmic rays can be measured with the Raspberry Pi and some additional hardware. Volunteers can use their own sensor to help locate cosmic ray showers three-dimensionally in space. Guido Burger (fab-lab.eu) will present how the new Raspberry Pi 400 can be used in education and STEM projects. As always, basic topics will not be neglected, for example with an introduction to programming network applications with Python.
These and many other topics are on the agenda, which will be published at the beginning of January. Contributions can still be submitted until January 9. Participation in the online conference is free of charge and possible without registration, only coffee and cake have to be provided by the participants themselves - unlike at previous events.
Maker events online? It works! With the VHF conference and Pi and Radio we have already made it happen. Now we are ready for the first Pi and More online!
With Pi and More 12¼ on January 23 we want to shorten the waiting time for all hobbyists and makers (and ourselves!) until the next "real" event. We are planning a full day with talks and discussions all around the proven mix of topics.
And for that we are looking for you: In our Call for Contributions you can apply for the event with your contribution. We are always looking forward to interesting presentations on small and large projects, on plans for the future and also fundamental topics.
See you soon - online!
PS: Due to the special circumstances we ask all participants to ensure a sufficient supply of cake (especially raspberry cake) themselves!
Note: The recorded talks will be made available on YouTube.
Even though there will be no classic Pi and More in 2020, we would like to bring a little bit of Maker Spirit home to you. To this end, we are continuing the cooperation we started last year with the UKW conference, which will be delivered this year in a small but nice "Cloud Edition". Under the title Pi and Radio, we are again exploring the interfaces between amateur radio and the Maker scene.
On September 12th from 9:15 a.m. our online meeting starts with lectures and exchange opportunities. Besides Maker topics such as home automation with MQTT and Raspberry Pi, integration of wireless sockets, building a CO2 meter, measuring soil moisture or the construction of a muon detector, we have many topics from amateur radio on the agenda, including the GPSDO construction project, the construction of a radio station on the Donnersberg, an Echolink gateway with Raspberry Pi, the HeidelSat initiative and circuit technology such as linear and switched power supplies.
The presentations will be live and you will also be able to ask questions. It is important to us not to show pre-recorded videos, but to be in interactive contact with each other. We have chosen topics mainly from projects that give you the opportunity to get inspiration and to stay active in the time ahead with exciting tasks.
It is new territory for us and an exciting project to run Pi and Radio and the FM conference from our homes for the first time.
We are looking forward to your participation!
Corona will probably keep us going for a while. Although the case numbers are currently low, we don't think it would be wise to let Pi and More 12½ take place this year. Even though Pi and More is not a large conference: We do not want to enter the statistics as a superspreader event and hope that people from risk groups will be able to attend our next meeting without hesitation.
We are therefore taking a break until at least March 2021. If favourable conditions allow for reliable planning, we will announce a new date here.
We hope that until then you all stay healthy and work on many exciting projects so that the next Pi and More will be better than ever!
Your Pi and More Team
Dear visitors, helpers, speakers and sponsors
We deeply regret that we have to postpone our event due to the Corona virus. It is important to us that contributors, exhibitors and helpers do not have to decide between their own safety (or that of their relatives) and participation in Pi and More. Some speakers and helpers have already cancelled their participation since the weekend.
The recommendations for cancelling events have been tightened today. Although this advice currently only applies to events with 1000 visitors or more, it is possible that smaller events such as Pi and More will soon be affected as well. We would like to spare all participants an even shorter notice of cancellation.
In close coordination with the speakers we will try to offer the extensive program again at a suitable date in late summer. This event is to take place again at the University of Stuttgart. We will announce the date as soon as possible.
We hope that by postponing the event we can make a small contribution to ensuring that more people stay healthy (longer) and hope for your understanding for this difficult decision!
Your organizing team Daniel, Claudia, Daniel, Frank, and Guido
Note: Deutsche Bahn has announced that booked tickets can be returned free of charge.
On March 14th Pi and More 12½ will take place at the University of Stuttgart. A diverse program awaits us:
The full programme is available on the conference page.
Important: In order to ensure good support, there are only about 10-15 places available for workshops and guided tours. Therefore, registration at the information desk on the day of the event is necessary for workshops and guided tours. The available places will be allocated according to "first come, first served". We ask for your understanding that places may be allocated early. Unfortunately, no other form of registration is possible.
For some of the workshops you should bring your own material or cash for the kit. Details can be found in the description of each workshop.
Food and drinks will be provided on site.
As there are only a few parking spaces directly at the conference location, we recommend to travel by public transport. Details about this and available parking spaces nearby are available on on the conference page.
See you soon in Stuttgart! The Pi-and-More-Team
Note: As of today (March 7th, 13:00, no cancellation of the event is planned due to Covid-19. As a comparatively small conference with very few international visitors, we consider the risk for our participants to be rather low.
In order to reduce the risk as much as possible, we will take hygienic measures, e.g. when serving food. You can also help:
Should the situation change and we feel forced to cancel the event at short notice, we will inform you here. Registered participants will be informed additionally by e-mail.
The launch of an IoT weather balloon was a highlight, but there was also a lot to see and learn in the exhibition, the talks and the workshops at Pi and More 12. With the support of the sponsors of IT-Box Trier and Pimoroni, the many speakers, exhibitors and helpers, the sixteenth edition of Pi and More at the University of Trier offered a lot.
The pictures of the event are now online. There was no video recording of the talks at this edition. This will presumably be available again at Pi and More 12½, which will take place on 14 March 2020 at the University of Stuttgart. Save the date!
One year after Pi and More 11, microcomputers are coming back to Trier! Between Pi and More 11 and 12 last year we not only had a great Pi and More 11½ in Krefeld but with Pi and Radio also a visit to the long-established UKW conference in Weinheim.
On November 16th we continue in Trier - but what would Pi and More be without exciting projects from the community? We are now accepting applications for talks, workshops and project exhibitions. We are looking for contributions from the entire community: from introductions for absolute beginners to special topics for experts, from the Pi to the China clone, from child-friendly and colourful to deep in the machine code.
See you soon in Trier!
The talks at Pi and More 11½ are live streamed here. See here for the schedule.
Two years after the first guest performance of Pi and More on the Lower Rhine, we return there on April 6th. We are looking forward to it - with a large makerspace and many committed people on site, Krefeld provides an excellent location for Pi and More. Due to a special architectural feature on site, we will have an extraordinary competition for you this year - read more below!
As usual, the programme will be announced a few weeks ahead of the event, just like the exact times. Registration now open!
Until then, we are looking for contributions: Lectures, project exhibitions and workshops can be submitted until March 10th, 2019. Do you have an exciting project that you would like to present? Click here to submit!
As mentioned above, a special highlight awaits all those who enjoy creative tinkering: One of the few freely accessible paternoster lifts in Germany is located in Krefeld. Like all paternoster lifts, it was built long before the era of home automation and the Internet of Things - but that doesn't mean it can't be retrofitted, at least temporarily! As part of our Pi and More Maker Challenge #1 on April 6th, we will choose the most creative proposal for the electronic improvement of the "Proletenbagger" - more details here.
Don't waste your time and get started!
We would like to thank all visitors, contributors and helpers of Pi and More 11!
Pi and More 11½ will probably take place on 6 April 2019 at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld, where we already hosted Pi and More 9½. This date is currently still provisional.
The talks at Pi and More 11 are live streamed here. See here for the schedule.
On Saturday, November 3, a diverse program around the Raspberry Pi and other small computers will be presented at the University of Trier. As always, various talks and workshops will be held for beginners and experts. Hobbyists, makers, professional users, students, teachers, and other Pi enthusiasts will be in their element.
In addition to the Raspberry Pi, there are two other Minicomputer in focus this time: The Calliope mini, which some of you may know already, and the Kniwwelino, which has been developed in neighbouring Luxembourg. Both are especially targeted towards students and offer a particularly lightweight introduction to microcontroller programming. Also the topic Smart Home is in focus again: Several talks will show how to operate garage doors, how to control room temperatures or how to intelligently manage meeting rooms.
As usual, we ask that you register as a visitor in advance.
piandmore.de now comes in a new design and with new functions!
The conference system (call for contributions, visitor registration, helper system) and information about past and future events are now combined in one website.
The individual talks will be edited in the next 1-2 weeks and will then be available as separate videos on YouTube!