Embecosm is a team of talented individuals with a strong moral compass, and this underpins our desire to contribute back to the engineering, academic and wider communities through events.

    As a free and open source software company we draw heavily upon the work of this community for all that we do, and feel that we have a particular responsibility to contribute back to it.

    We also feel it is incumbent upon us to do what we can to inspire the next generation, and this is why many of our events are targeted at younger people experiencing engineering in an exciting way.

    We are privileged to be in a position to use our knowledge and skills to empower people in our wider community through the delivery of workshops to adults of different ages and backgrounds, to help make technology engaging, exciting and accessible, rather than opaque or something to fear.

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    GNU Tools Cauldron 2014

    July 18th, 2014 - July 20th, 2014
    Cambridge, UK

    Embecosm worked together with Linaro on the organisation of the annual GNU Tools Cauldron, which in 2014 was hosted at Cambridge University Computer Laboratory. In addition to working on the event organisation, we filmed, edited and published all the talks online. We also presented MAGEEC and our work on using GDB with multiple address space architectures.

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    Shrimping with #techmums

    June 8th, 2014 - June 8th, 2014
    London, UK

    Embecosm in partnership with #techmums, RS Components and Ravensbourne hosted a Shrimping workshop in Greenwhich that was purely for mums. This was the first time that we worked together with #techmums, a fantastic initiative which aims to empower mums and through them their children, who may one day choose to take up an exciting and highly rewarding career in computing.

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    Chip Hack Cambridge

    May 24th, 2014 - May 25th, 2014
    Cambridge, UK

    Chip Hack is a two day workshop that provides an introduction to programming field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), which is aimed at complete beginners with no prior experience of hardware description languages (HDL) and FPGA workflows.

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    Shrimping for the over 60s

    April 5th, 2014 - April 5th, 2014
    Lymington, UK

    We’ve run numerous events for school children, typically 11-13 years -old, but occasionally as young as 9 years old. However, on this occasion we ran a Shrimping workshop for 35 people, the majority of whom were well over 60 — and some by a long way!

    It was a fun day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, including the few who didn’t get anything to work in the time we had available. After all, not every grandparent can say to their grandchild, “I built a computer today”.

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    FOSDEM 2014

    February 1st, 2014 - February 2nd, 2014
    Brussels, Belgium

    Embecosm together with colleagues from Bristol University hosted a stand at FOSDEM 2014 for the MAGEEC project, along with a developer room on the Sunday that was dedicated to the theme of energy-efficient computing.

    Dr Jeremy Bennett also gave a main track talk with Dr Kerstin Eder of Bristol University, entitled Who ate my battery?

    For further information see the blog post, Taking low energy computing to the masses.

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    Shrimping at Wuthering Bytes

    September 15th, 2013 - September 15th, 2013
    Hebden Bridge, UK

    Embecosm hosted a Shrimping workshop at Open Source Hardware Camp 2013, which ran as part of the first ever Wuthering Bytes Festival in Hebden Bridge. This proved rather popular with 24 taking part across the course of the day, and valuable lessons were learned for future workshops.

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    Preparing for Parallella

    July 21st, 2013 - July 21st, 2013
    Bletchley Park, UK

    In July of 2013 Embecosm hosted an event at Bletchley Park that prepared programmers for developing for the Parallella many-core parallel computing platform. This featured talks from Embecosm engineers who have been directly involved in the development of the Epiphany SDK that is used with the platform, and a keynote from Iann Barron, co-founder of INMOS.

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    ChipHack London

    April 20th, 2013 - April 21st, 2013
    London, UK

    Embecosm led on the development of ChipHack, a 2 day workshop that aims to provide a gentle introduction to FPGA programming. The materials for the course are provided under open source licences and were developed by a group of experienced digital designers from the OSHUG and OpenRISC communities. The events have been sponsored be Embecosm, the first was hosted at the Centre for Creative Collaboration in London and all the tickets for this went within a matter of days.