Yesterday we talked about the Beeb@30 event that will take place later this month, and now the tickets are on sale.


What’s it all about?

The Computer Literacy Project was a BBC-led initiative to improve computing education in Britain. A new series entitled The Computer Programme was planned for 1982, and the corporation wanted their own machine to accompany it.

A number of British computing firms were approached to produce a machine to the BBC’s own specification. The contract was awarded to Acorn Computers, whose own Atom replacement machine, the Proton, was adapted to satisfy the criteria.

The resulting BBC Micro became the machine of choice for schools up and down the country, backed by the then Conservative government’s own desire to make Britain lead the world in computer education.

Thirty years on, the BBC Micro is fondly remembered as being the computer that started a generation of careers in IT. It also begs the question – what did the Computer Literacy Project achieve, and how does it compare to how computing is taught now?

Beeb@30 will be a celebration with a twist, with the people who made it happen just over thirty years ago.

The event will take place in Cambridge on the 25th March, and tickets are now on sale.

The agenda currently looks like this:

10:00 Event opening – meet and greet.

10:45 Introduction and opening talk – “A Museum for Cambridge” by Hermann Hauser.

11:00 The people who made it happen – Q&A

13:00 Lunch – with live music by Terry Gray.

13:40 Cutting of the official Beeb@30 cake.

13:55 A Slice of Raspberry Pi – The true successor to the Beeb?

14:35 Live music – Fred’s House

15:15 Retro Computing – The Beeb Lives On – A talk by Richard Gellman.

15:50 The Legacy – Hack to the Future and a teaching perspective. Alan O’Donahoe.

16:30 Closing announcements.

16:35 Live music – Viva Express.

The tickets are priced at £78 and can be purchased from here. A Guest Pass will entitle you to all of the above entertainment, as well as an opportunity to meet the people themselves. A buffet lunch is included, as well as a complimentary glass of wine and a slice of birthday cake!