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Clubs Conference: Expression of interest

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is seeking expressions of interest from members of the Code Club and CoderDojo communities to attend our Clubs Conference. Join us to discuss creative ways to teach computing, find others to connect and collaborate with, and take the lessons you learn back to your own community!

The event will take place on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March 2023 at Churchill College, Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS, UK. We’ll be hosting a drinks reception to welcome you on Friday evening, followed by a day of talks, workshops, showcases, and networking on Saturday. 

Tickets

This form is to register your interest only and does not constitute a ticket. We will contact you when tickets are available in January. Tickets for attendees will be £5 to secure entry for both days. Each ticket includes a selection of event swag as well as Friday drinks and lunch on Saturday.

Accommodation

Accommodation is available nearby for various budgets, with lots of alternative options for those wishing to stay in the Cambridge town centre or near the train station.

Bursaries

Bursaries for travel and accommodation are being offered via application to a small number of clubs who would be otherwise unable to attend. Session leaders will receive free entry to the conference. If you would like to apply, simply indicate when asked in this form and an application form will be sent to you. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a full or partial bursary will be made available to all applicants.

Contribute content

If you are interested in contributing a session, please let us know in the relevant section of this form and we will be in touch with details of how to submit your proposed session. The event will include talks and some discussion sessions will be live streamed for remote participants.

Unfortunately, we are unable to open every session to remote attendees. If you can't attend in person, but would like to be kept informed with options to join remotely, click here.

Let us know whether you would like to attend the conference in person so you don’t miss out when tickets become available!



















Run your own session

We are looking for community-led content that is inspirational and engaging for club leaders. Therefore, we are inviting proposals for presentations, workshops, discussions, and alternative formats. Sessions can be delivered by up to two attendees maximum, who will be given free access to the whole event. Categories include:

Workshops (50 minutes). Engage us in a hands-on computational activity, such as helping attendees develop their coding skills or explore hardware.

Discussion (30 minutes). Lead a discussion within a small group on a specific theme set by you, such as how to support neurodiversity in clubs or get feedback on a specific idea.

Auditorium presentation (20 minutes). Present to a wider audience with or without slides.

Ignite talk (5 minutes each, grouped into one session). Be bold, challenge our thinking, and spark interest. The session will end with a Q&A.

Poster session (2-hour slot). Create an engaging display which we will print on your behalf. Poster boards will be accompanied by a trestle table and can be left on display for the duration of the event.

Club demo stand (Friday afternoon from 3–5pm). Maximum of two supervised young people per stand. Young people will be required to leave at 5pm — please consider this if you plan to remain for networking drinks.

Something else. If you would like to deliver a session that doesn't fit any of these descriptions, please submit your interest and we will be in touch to ask for more information.

We will contact everyone who indicates an interest in delivering content. In the meantime, please consider details such as equipment you may need, the maximum number of participants, and what you expect club volunteers to learn from your session. After the 15 December deadline, all sessions will be considered equally to ensure the schedule covers a range of topics, skill levels, and methods. Due to demand, we may not be able to accept everyone's submission.


Bursary

We are able to offer a contribution towards travel and accommodation to a limited number of community members who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. To be eligible for consideration, you must: - Be registered as a host or volunteer at a Code Club or Dojo within the UK or Ireland - Be available to attend the Clubs Conference in Cambridge - Have submitted an application to attend

We particularly welcome applications from those who have been unable to attend an event in the past, we are keen to work with you to make it happen. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a full or partial bursary will be made available to all applicants.