Event at ARM's Cambridge HQ will host many of the original creators of the iconic 8-bit micro.

Beeb@30 celebrates 30th anniversary of BBC Micro

British chip boffins ARM are planning an event to celebrate the 30th birthday of the iconic BBC Micro and the Computer Literacy Project.

The Computer Literacy Project was a initiative to improve computing education in Britain, lead by the BBC and the public broadcaster planned a new TV series of The Computer Programme to support the program.

The Beeb wanted an actual micro computer to go along with the initiative and, having approached a number of computing pioneers, the gig was finally awarded to the Acorn Computers.

That computer was the Proton, the successor of the Acorn Atom, which would be modified and ultimately dubbed the BBC Micro.

On Sunday the 25th of March, some of the original creators of the BBC Micro will be hosting an event called Beeb@30, to be held at ARM’s Cambridge headquarters. The Computer Programme’s presenter Chris Serle will also be a guest at the event.

A ‘guest pass’ for the day, including a buffet lunch and entertainment throughout the day, will set you back £78 via etickets. Slightly more than starting price for this auction of a BBC Micro Model B on eBay.

Interestingly, one of the guest speakers is Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi project whose £25 computer has, they say, much the same goals of advancing computer science education in schools as the original BBC initiative.

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