FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Pi and More

Here you can find answers to the most frequent questions around Pi and More. These answers apply to the Pi and More series in general. Concrete information can be found in the event announcement published on this web site.

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General

  • What is Pi and More? At Pi and More, beginners and experts meet in a relaxed atmosphere for talks, workshops, and projects focussing on the Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and microcontrollers.  
  • What can I find at Pi and More? We always have talks and workshops at Pi and More. During the bigger events - usually those at the University of Trier - we also have a large project exhibition. We try to make sure that the topics cover experts and beginners alike.
  • Who organizes Pi and More? Pi and More is organized by the support association CMD - Computer, Menschen, Dinge e.V. plus other parties, such as the group for system software and distributed systems (Prof. Sturm), information security and cryptography (Prof. Küsters) and student associations. Main organizer is always the CMD e.V. All organizers and team members work on a voluntary basis.
  • Is Pi and More only for students? No! While we are rooted at the University of Trier, Pi and More is an event for everybody: Makers and Professionals, Beginners and Experts, Students, Teachers and everybody else alike.
  • Where can I find information about the next Pi and More? Here! Or, to be precise, see "next event" on this web site. We collect all information about the next event there. If you sign up for the newsletter, you will also get an email with the latest information as soon as possible.
  • Where does Pi and More take place? Pi and More was created at the University of Trier. Therefore, every "odd" event is held there. The "even" events are held (in a smaller form) at various partner universities. Pi and More 2 was held at the Trier University of Applied Sciences, Pi and More 4 was held at the University of Luxembourg and Pi and More 6 was held at HTW Saar.
  • Will there be video recordings available online? Usually not. Providing video and audio recordings in good quality currently takes too much effort for our small team, especially when there are parallel tracks.

Visitors

Registration, Visit, Venue, and Entrance

  • What is the entrance fee? Pi and More is for free!
  • Do I have to register? Yes please! It helps us to estimate the number of visitors, and is important for planning the location and catering. We will probably let you in even if you didn't register, but if it gets crowded, registered visitors have priority (although that didn't happen so far).
  • We want to attend as a group. What do we have to do? Groups with 8 people or more should contact us in advance.
  • Can I bring my kids? Yes, and they will not be the only ones. As long as they are accompanied by an adult, children are welcome!
  • Do I have to bring my own food? No, there will be food and drinks at low prices. You are free to bring your own, if you like.
  • Is free parking available? How do I travel to Pi and More by train? Information for reaching the venue will always be provided with the announcement of the next event. At the University of Trier there are always enough free parking lots.

Hardware

  • Can I bring my own Raspberry Pi and use it? We provide this possibility in most workshops. However, and operating system should be installed (usually Raspbian). Additional details will be provided in the workshop descriptions. 
  • Can I buy a Raspberry Pi or accessories from you? Usually not. However, we may offer starter kits (no Pi included, see next question), and there may be a electronics merchant at the venue (if so, we will announce this in the program). 
  • What are these starter kits? The electronic starter kits contain a selection of electronic components specially selected for the workshops at Pi and More (however, they do not contain a Raspberry Pi!). If we offer starter kits, we will announce this in the program.

Talks and Workshops

  • In what language will the talks be held? Most of the talks are in German, with some English talks depending on the program (see there, the language of the description of a contribution is the actual language spoken during the event). The project exhibition is of course not fixed to any language, and most people will be happy to answer questions in English.
  • I'd like to see more on topic X at Pi and More. What can I do? If you know a project or a potential speaker for Pi and More, just send us a mail or talk to the speaker about contributing to Pi and More directly. 
  • Why is the talk/workshop X in parallel to the talk/workshop Y? I'd like to watch both! When we have 10 or more events on one day, it is usually not possible to only have all in one track, but we try to have talks for beginners only in parallel to talks for experts, and not in parallel to other beginner talks.

Contributors

  • I'd like to present my project at Pi and More. What should I do? Preceding every event there will be a Call for Contributions announced at this web site. There, you can submit your project. In any case, you can just drop us a mail with your proposal.
  • Do I get a paid or can you cover my travel expenses? Unfortunately not, as we are not-for-profit. But there will be a small present for every contributor!

Supporters

  • How can I support Pi and More? There are several ways: First, you can enter your own contribution (be it a workshop, a talk or a project for the exhibition) at the next event. Second, you can support us by donating to the support association CMD e.V. or becoming a member of this association, for 12 Euros per year. Last but not least, you can drop us a mail to volunteer at the next event.
  • We are a company. How can we contribute? If you identify with our event, just drop us a mail. We can then evaluate concrete options.