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Geek2013 Report

February 24, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

GEEK2013 took place 21st – 24th February during Half Term at the Winter Gardens, Margate.

I attended on the 22nd February on a very cold day in Margate which was bracing to say the least with snow in the air but happy to say that the Winter Gardens was nice and warm, Inside the winter gardens the GEEK 2013 area’s is broken into two hall’s

So what was at GEEK2013 ?

Geek2013

Queen’s Hall

Quite of look of interesting things in the first hall there was  a team with Raspberry Pi’s showing how easy they are to use and showing off some simple programing that can be run on the raspberry pi.

They also had a Arduino demonstrator showing what the Arduino can do and how to program it and wire it up.

And of course nGaint GameBoyot forgetting Julian Skidmore and his fignition DIY 8-bit computer kit for £20 (link below)

FIGnition DIY 8-bit Computer Kit

They also had a couple of super size gameboys as well as order LED games

Main Hall

The main hall was where the main retro action was and brought back a lot of memories from my past starting with the old spectrum ZX +2  and Amstrad from the 1980’s though the SNES and Sega Mega Drive (genesis) of the 1990’s to the Saturn and playstation 1 of the early 2000’s.

Retro PCRetro PC x 2

Of course the highlight for me was in the corner of the Main Hall where they had a setup of BBC Micro’s running some of the old school software such as granny’s garden and how to type in BASIC (BASIC Programme).Granny Garden

There was also a very poplar minecraft area which was very busy during the whole day with people making all types of interesting minecraft projects.

Final thoughts

Geek2013 is a fantastic walk down memory lane and well worth a day out to wander round the hall’s playing on old systems and games that you have forgotten about or half remember.

Two bad points are the cost of drinks at Winter Gardens with £1.20 for a single can of coke and no directions within the building to point you to the toilets or direct you though the maze of corridors connecting the two halls together.

 

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