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First Devoxx4Kids event in London

The very first edition of Devoxx4Kids in the UK took place 1 week ago, on 14st of June 2014 in London.

Organising such an event just after a conference, the DEVOXX UK in this case, was quite challenging in terms of stamina. A good English breakfast “deluxe” provided the necessary energy to pass the day. I learned that I actually like beans for breakfast, how strange is that? But I’m diverting…

One should know that the Devoxx4Kids project is actually independent from the “big and famous” DEVOXX and therefore needs to find its own founding. Hence, since it is not easy to find a decent and not too expensive location in London, we settled at the Shoreditch Village Hall, which kindly provided us with space and equipment for this occasion.

Dan, the D4K UK project manager, opted for letting the kids choose at each round what workshop they would like to attempt. Usually, we schedule events in advance for optimal distribution and fun, so this time, we had quite some variations in the number of attendees per session. Moreover, the venue was one big hall with different workshop booths,  which made this event more a D4K hackathon for kids. This was actually not so bad seeing the amount of noise the 35 kids and the trainers produced :)

The ratio girls/boys was around 1 of 3.

Dan Hardiker (click), D4K UK project manager and DEVOXX UK co-organisator, doing the welcome talk…
The Oracle team interviewing Dan…
Mindcraft hacking with Arun (click) and his son…
Dave Snowdon (click), NAO developer, Devoxx UK speaker and NAO Conference co-organiser, teaching kids how to program a real robot…
Audrey Neveu (click), TEDx and DEVOXX UK speaker, teaching mindstorms…
Andy Piper (click), Twitter guy and Devoxx UK speaker, working the Arduino workshop…
An act of confidence for one of the kids :)
NAO doing his face recognition and tracking mission… always a fascinating thing for the kids…

Video clip with interviews recorded by the Oracle Technology Network team:

More pictures on the Facebook page and last but not least, Roy’s great video:

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