micro:bit - How (not!) to build a micro:bit, what we learned working on a large collaborative project

Jonny Austin | Sunday 16:30 | Room B

  • This talk will focus on the complexities of large, real world engineering projects, with an emphasis on how to learn from the project and reproduce the things micro:bit did well,
  • …while avoiding some of the issues that held the project back.
  • In telling the story of how the micro:bit finally made it to production, we will cover:
    • What is the BBC micro:bit, what can it do? How can something so small run Python? Javascript?
    • Why was it late to market?
    • What’s left to do!

The emphasis will be on drawing some generally applicable engineering lessons from the project, so is suitable for people whether or not you’ve used a micro:bit before!