One of the coolest things I've ever had the chance to participate in was as a speaker at the first two Official Raspberry Pi Foundation Picademy USA events held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Picademy is an incredible program created to teach educators how to use the Raspberry Pi in their classes and to introduce their students to this awesome technology.

It was really inspiring to meet all of these teachers that want to make a difference in their communities. There were also other speakers who were talking about their work with this device and with the community as a whole. One of these such speakers, the founder of Piper was at the first Picademy. Piper has created a little box that teaches children how to code using Minecraft, the RPi, and a nice combination of hardware and software.

I also got to meet one of the coolest people EVER: Carrie-Anne Philbin, who now works for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. When I was first getting into CS I was just starting off high school, and most of my friends had never heard of computer science or "coding" before. There weren't a lot of people I could look up to as role models or even students interested in the same ideas as I was. And that's when I stumbled upon the YouTube Channel Geek Gurl Diaries. I highly recommend you check this channel out!

Check this out if you're looking to meet similar people interested in the Raspberry Pi around your neighborhood: https://www.raspberrypi.org/jam/