Raspberry Pi Workshop
(1 session of 7 hours)

Trainer: Philippe-Aubert Gauthier

The Raspberry Pi is an ARM-processor-based single-board nanocomputer designed by video game creator David Braben, as part of his Raspberry Pi Foundation. This computer, which is the size of a credit card, can run several variants of the free GNU/Linux operating system and compatible software. It is supplied naked (motherboard only, without case, power supply, keyboard, mouse or monitor) in order to reduce costs and allow the use of recovery hardware. This computer is intended to encourage the learning of computer programming. However, it is open and powerful enough to allow a wide range of uses. [source: http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi, image source: http://www.raspberrypi.org/]. For more details: http://www.raspberrypi.org/.

The training will present this new type of computer by showing examples of use in the context of digital arts (installation, visual and sound projection, etc.).

As part of this training, Sporobole will offer participants the opportunity to create their own custom Raspberry Pi configuration by purchasing the various peripherals required (keyboard, mini screen, memory cards, etc.) (group purchase will be organized by Sporobole). Participants will then be able to enjoy their own Raspberry Pi after the training.

Planned schedule (subject to change) :

Description of the components of the Raspberry Pi.
Hardware accessories available (keyboard, camera, microphones, battery, pi-power, GPIO, etc.).
Connect the Pi for a first configuration.
Install an operating system (or systems) with NOOBS (New Out of the Box Software (for easy handling)).
Install Raspbian (standard and classic OS) and hardware configuration.
Install RaspBMC (media player) and hardware configuration.
Work and explore Raspbian in an easy command line.
Work and explore the Raspbian GUI.
The 5 things to do first on Raspbian.
Working and exploring the RaspB? media player.
Raspberry Pi as an automatic media player for installation.
Command line media player, omxplayer.
Play a looping video on startup.
Play a sound or video at a specific time of day.
Online references and resources.

Target audience: Digital, video, film and visual artists.

Prerequisites: Basic computer knowledge, Linux and Debian knowledge welcome but optional.



Four configurations including delivery charges and including taxes are available:

Bundle 1 (Complete Starter Kit only): 100CAD$
Complete Starter Kit Raspberry PI 2
(bring screen with hdmi adapter, keyboard and mouse)

Bundle 2 (with SD display): 240 CAD$.
Complete Starter Kit Raspberry PI 2
5″ Display no Touchscreen 800×480 – HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo w/ Batteries

Bundle 3 (with touchscreen): 260 CAD$ Complete Starter Kit Raspberry PI 2
HDMI 5″ 800×480 Display Backpack – With Touchscreen
Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo w/ Batteries

Bundle 4 (with HD display): 340CAD$$.
Complete Starter Kit Raspberry PI 2
Display 1280×800 IPS – HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL
Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad
Please specify which configuration you wish to purchase during your registration which must be effective before June 01, 2015. This purchase is of course not mandatory to follow the training and you can of course register with your own equipment (required and operational equipment: Raspberry PI, Micro SD with Noobs, mini display + keyboard + mouse), or also come without equipment as an “observer”.


Location: Sporobole, 74 Albert Street, Sherbrooke (digital printing lab)

Number of participants: 10 max.

Price of the training: $160.00

Expected date: June 20, 2015